The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It has a ministerial remit to encourage individual and collective action in response to the current climate crisis. Ration Me Up is their first project and was commissioned by the New Economics Foundation.
A contemporary carbon ration book that invites people to live for one month within their equitable personal carbon ration. With ration coupons for everyday activities from having a bath to buying a pair of socks, people can track their CO2 usage and look at how much we might need to change our personal levels of consumption in order to minimise our impact on the planet.
One month of rations is equal to 40 coupons for use across the areas of energy, water, transport, food and clothing. The ration book contains information on how to save rations for carbon intensive activities such as flying or buying jeans and ration free activities like borrowing a book from the library or swimming in the sea.
The Bigger Picture–Festival of Interdependence (London), Platform’s C Words (The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol), Kaaitheater’s Burning Ice #4 (Brussels), The Bella Centre COP15 (Copenhagen)
Commissioned by the New Economics Foundation, Produced by Jonathan Atkinson, Graphic Design by thomas.matthews, Researched by Dr Victoria Johnson, Designed by Cathy Wren. Photos by Tim Mitchell. Conceived and curated by Clare Patey.