August 17, 2022
An ongoing project showcasing the work of artists from around the world encouraging people to imagine what the world could look like if city, national, and international leaders took the climate action that C40 cities take.
Njung’e Wanjiru is a Kenyan illustrator, animator, and filmmaker. Through visual communication, he tells stories that revolve around social issues and community development, whilst uplifting voices that often remain unheard. As a young creative and digital native, his work sheds light on African cultures, experiences, and perspectives.
Inspired by his experiences in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, Njung’e’s artwork creates imagery of African urban spaces that are more sustainable, healthy, resilient, and equitable.
Though Njung’e includes small transformational climate actions throughout his work, he did not want to compromise on the cultural markers and everyday realities of the cities he imagined.
When illustrating a utopian city that is ecologically and socially sustainable, Njung’e says “the diverse cultures of spaces such as these often get lost in the ‘big city vibe’.” By empowering the vibrant identities of cities such as Nairobi or Addis Ababa, his plan was to not imagine a perfect future, but a feasible future that strives for urban wellbeing.
Njung’e wanted to acknowledge traditional and indigenous knowledge and practices on climate action, considering that the African continent currently contributes to only 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
With his artworks, Njung’e hopes to challenge people to think differently, and to encourage consciousness, empathy, and collective action.
All artworks courtesy of Njung’e Wanjiru.