Glug is on a mission to create the world’s largest database of climate protest posters

19 August 2019

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Glug, a creative events programme, is on a mission to build the world’s largest database of protest posters. Titled Protest by Design, the project is in preparation for the next round of global climate strikes taking place on 20 September, just three days before the UN climate summit.

In July, we covered the launch of a collaborative endeavour between social activism initiatives Good For Nothing and Glimpse, who came together to help mobilise a million strikers for the climate change strike due next month. An open brief was set and its manifesto stirred regular meet-ups and a one-day sprint event prior to the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) walk-out.

For the next step, Glug has now teamed up with Glimpse, Good for Nothing and UK Student Climate Network in efforts to raise awareness and, more importantly, to make a call out to the creative community for assistance. “We’re asking our community to create an A3 size poster, in any medium, with any relevant message, optionally pushing the protest date on the 20th as these strikes and the database will continue after that date,” says Glug.

Having provided guidelines with template examples of what to submit, there is plenty of room for creative freedom – but imperative is the use of “meme-like content, slapstick imagery, comedy, banter, stupid phrasing, and downright light-hearted mockery if needed,” as proclaimed by Glug. “Get your tag lines out, put your lighters in the air (but don’t turn them on) and show the world what you’ve got.”

The database is already growing, and you can simply share your poster on social media with the hashtags #protestbydesign and #climatestrike, then just tag UKSCN and Glug. “While these Climate Strikes won’t solve the crisis alone, this moment can demonstrate that people are no longer willing to continue with business as usual,” Glug continues. “As a design community, we’re in the fortunate position to do something about this, so any time you can donate to this, it would go a long way.”


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Ayla Angelos

Ayla is a London-based freelance writer, editor and consultant specialising in art, photography, design and culture. After joining It’s Nice That in 2017 as editorial assistant, she was interim online editor in 2022/2023 and continues to work with us on a freelance basis. She has written for i-D, Dazed, AnOther, WePresent, Port, Elephant and more, and she is also the managing editor of design magazine Anima. 

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