Friday, July 01, 2011

Japan's Electricity Conservation Posters

Okay, one more post, because I saw this on Pink Tentacle via gmoke's post earlier today ("Japan Aftermath") on DKos.  As I've recounted in a couple few places (+ here and here) I'm a sucker for environmental art propaganda, and here is the latest from Japan, where they are still (and probably for the foreseeable future) dealing with the massive devastation to their country in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that took place in March of this year:

In Tokyo and surrounding areas, signs of electricity conservation are visible everywhere. Rolling blackouts are in effect, train services have been scaled back, stores and businesses are using fewer lights, advertising signs and escalators have been switched off, and even some pachinko parlors have cut their hours of operation. On Twitter, a community of graphic designers has sprung up to create posters encouraging people to save power. Residents of eastern Japan are encouraged to print them out and post them where they live and work.

The summers are pretty dang hot in Florida and while we have yet to deal with catastrophic earthquakes, we deal with catastrophic hurricanes (tsunami's western cousin) on a pretty regular basis.  We shouldn't just be making cool, arty posters about the environment when the times are good, we need to use this resource to encourage people especially now in these bad weather and economic times.

Speaking of which, the first set of posters I reported on as part of ReadyMade's "Poster Children" series from 2008 are in danger of being removed because ReadyMade has gone out of business, unfortunately.  If you want to save these posters because they are so very artilicious, take the time now to download them and upload them to your flickr or whatever so we will not lose these important reimagining of WPA style poster art from the 40's.

As an aside, I linked to Pinktentacle once before in 2008, reporting on a tip sent by pal Stace about a bra that turns into a tote bag - very sustainable!

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