UPDATE: Thank you to all the artists, customers and employees who helped Redbubble and TeePublic raise $20k for Climate Action. Together we can help end the age of fossil fuels.
A message from our CEO, Barry Newstead
The Redbubble and TeePublic communities are committed to social responsibility. It’s our mission to bring more creativity into the world and we’ve been able to connect 1 million artists with millions of customers through a shared passion for art and self-expression.
We also all share a home called Earth. And our home is suffering from the effects of climate change. We have a responsibility to reverse this course of destruction, and we can if we commit to act as a global community.
That’s why we’re adding our voice to this cause. We’re inspired by the amazing leadership of students around the world who have stood up, in the absence of adult leadership, to call for action on a climate emergency that they will inherit if we do nothing. The truth is, we can prevent the worst outcomes by acting now.
On the 20th of September, students will participate in the Global Climate Strike around the world as part of Fridays for the Future. Redbubble and TeePublic employees will be given the time to attend public rallies in our home towns of Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, and Berlin.
On the 23rd of September, Greta Thunberg is scheduled to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. On this day, Redbubble and TeePublic will donate $1 per transaction to 350.org (up to $50,000 on Redbubble and $10,000 on TeePublic). This is to help mobilise action and contribute meaningfully to the effort. It’s an acknowledgement that we cannot afford to remain silent on climate action.
The Redbubble and TeePublic artist communities will, of course, mobilise. Art can be an incredibly effective way of highlighting causes and opening up conversations around topics like climate action. If you’re passionate about climate action or environmental causes, we invite you to help us raise awareness. See info below on how to tag your work for the potential to get added to the climate collection.
We live in a time where the expectations of companies have changed. While we do not aim in any way to act in a politically partisan manner, we do aim to selectively and thoughtfully advocate for action on important human rights and environmental responsibility issues, in partnership with the Redbubble and TeePublic communities.
Tag Your Art and Help Us Raise Awareness
If you already have designs that tackle climate change, sustainability, biodiversity, marine pollution, habitat loss, or any other environmental or climate related issues, tag them with climateactionrb. If you’re inspired to work on some new designs, we’d love to see them too.
We’ll select works with the tag for a climate collections landing page, which we’ll feature in the lead up to the Climate Strike and United Nations Climate Action Summit, and during our campaign on the 23rd. You can also use the #climateactionrb hashtag if you’re sharing the designs on social to raise awareness and engage your followers in discussions.
If you’re heading to the Climate Strike rallies in New York, San Francisco, Melbourne, or Berlin, we’ll see you there. In the meantime, find out how Redbubble is working to support climate action by reducing our carbon footprint.
Image credit: Nature’s Embrace by Fil Gouvea