Our panel at SXSW Eco

GOOD NEWS UPDATE, July 2013

Our panel was accepted - thanks to all who voted for us! And thank you SXSW Eco. So I will be in Austin, Texas October 7-9, and in Washington DC 3-4th. See here for information on the Climate Change sessions.

  Mock-up Street Gallery visualisation  ©wecommunic8

Mock-up Street Gallery visualisation ©wecommunic8

Carbon Visuals has submitted a proposal for a panel discussion - Making Carbon Visible in Cities - at the prestigious SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas in October.

We have put together a great panel that includes senior people from New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, CDP Cities program and Environmental Defense Fund.

But for this to go ahead we need people to vote for our panel by end Friday 24th May! Click here to vote for our panel, or here to see other prospective panels.

Our idea is to discuss how cities can communicate their carbon stories and aspirations. Also how that communication can inform, educate and empower specialists as well as citizens. This panel will discuss both specific examples such as New York City, planning a reduction of 30% by 2030, as well as the aggregated impact that cities are having around the world.

Here's why I would like to participate. Last October I was invited to speak at the three day SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas. I accepted the invitation as I was attending an event at the White House the same week to present our work showcasing the use of US carbon data, including a draft version of the video showing New York’s carbon emissions.

I had a great time at the event, met loads of smart and interesting people who really liked what we are doing. A highlight was meeting up with Bill McKibben of 350.org who commissioned us to create visual images to support his ‘do the math’ road show around US cities.

One commentator on last year’s event was Clint Wilder who wrote: "What set this event apart was the inspirational buzz from this mash-up of entrepreneurs, environmental advocates, students, venture capitalists, artists, current and former politicos, designers, authors, urban planners, organic farmers -- you get the idea.” Full Huffington Post article here.