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Fighting Climate Change One Couch at a Time

Jessie and Albott

©Joe Weil

Cartoonist Joe Weil is a high school student from New York. I just happened to be thinking about whether Political Irony had a youth demographic when I received a couple of unsolicited cartoon submissions from Joe. Bingo, we have at least one! I liked the witty sarcasm of his submissions but they didn’t quite fit PI. I emailed him back with some criticisms and told him what I was looking for and I like his response – this cartoon.

With the enormous immediate impact of the economy on those just entering or about to enter the workforce, it is heartening to see activist youth who have not lost sight of the even bigger picture. The economy is immediate and dire but Climate Change is an existential threat that must be addressed. There are a lot of couches out there but many young people are getting off the couch and getting involved, see youth climate.

As a geezer, born and bred Southern, I would have drawn Joe’s cartoon differently. It would have shown two old farts sitting on the porch in decrepit Barco-loungers that hadn’t quite made it to the curb. The same discussion would occur except instead of tomorrow, action would follow the next nap.

We need to skip that Climate Change nap even as we continue to fight for a better economy too.
– Iron Filing



  1. It might be a bit of a hoot to have a poll for our demographics.

    Oh, and make a holiday card from ourselves to ourselves… but I don’t see how we could all sign it.

    Still, congrats to Joe for being both a capable cartoonist and an alert young man.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  2. Cheryl Shaw wrote:

    Well DOne… love it

    Cheryl S

    Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:38 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Filing wrote:

    I find it frustrating that after all these years of research which consistently verifies that we are underestimating human impact on climate, we are still in this discussion phase of whether climate change is real.

    At least Jessie and Albott (and most youth, I believe) have gotten beyond that. Now for action! We’ve got to get Climate Change issues back on the legislative agenda.

    Thanks for the excellent editorial cartoon Joe.

    Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink
  4. Trip Ericson wrote:

    I’m 23, does that count?

    Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink
  5. Iron Filing wrote:

    Trip – Everybody below 50 is “young” to me! And I don’t mean that in a condescending way, I’ve been exposed to true wisdom in folks from 5 to 99 and I rely on my 27 and 29 year-old sons for solid advice in many areas. Political Irony seems to me like a site that can be appreciated by anybody of any age who likes to think and laugh. I was just curious about the demographic and I feel good about using some younger talent.

    Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink