Big Picture, Local Lens

Exploring Climate Change in Austin: An EcoNetwork News Project

Join the Austin EcoNetwork on an entertaining exploration of the defining issue of the 21st century. Learn with us. Listen with us. Laugh with us.

Big, weighty, international issues like climate change are not often investigated on the local level. But that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with the “Big Picture, Local Lens” project. It might seem counterintuitive, but climate change is a fundamentally local issue. It will affect us on a local level and it is up to us to do something about it, right here in Austin.

Over the next century, climate change will impact nearly everything that the city of Austin does. It will influence how we grow, where we get our energy, and what vehicles we drive. Climate change is the lens through which we need to look at everything here in Austin. It’s the big picture.

How are we going to do all that?

EcoNetwork Notes – The Austin EcoNetwork’s newest digital feature, Notes, allows users to “flip” through a virtual deck of notecards, carefully scribbled on by EcoNetwork staff. These notecards give you the background information and context you need to understand the news stories of the day. Plus, they’re written in a conversational, easy-to-understand way, so that you don’t feel like you’re suddenly back in school for the day. It’s like you found an EcoNetwork staffer at the bar and asked, “What are Austin’s climate change policies?” or “What can I recycle?.” This month we’re featuring nothing but climate change-related notes on the site, so be sure to give it a visit.

EcoNetwork Notes

Faces of Climate Change

Our latest photo series takes you face-to-face with the people in Austin whose lives center around climate change. They’re the scientists, the activists, the city staffers who do all the work behind the scenes to make sure Austin is doing its part to fight climate change. Because at its core, climate change is a human issue. It’s humans that have caused it, and it’s humans who are our only hope in fixing it.

The Art of Action on Climate Change

Climate change is no longer just an issue for the textbooks. It’s here, it’s happening now, and it’s affecting real human lives. It has made its way into our minds and into our culture. That’s why we’re inviting local artists to help us tell the story. AEN Intern Amanda Madrigal painted our latest series, “The Art of Action on Climate,” in an effort to the tell the story of climate action, both globally and right here in Austin. You can explore the entire series here.

Urgency Sketch Instagram

Paris Climate Painting


Austin Climate Sketch Instagram



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