On CI’s Marketing + Communications team, we are always looking for new ways to illustrate how people need nature to thrive, a concept that is the cornerstone of all our work. This year, inspired by the annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest, we invited our staff to submit dioramas showing the connections between humans (er, Peeps) and the natural world.
The contest’s 16 creative entries came from staff in six of CI’s divisions — and proved that even conservationists can have a sense of humor. Below, in no particular order, are the top five “peepscapes,” with explanations from the artists.
1. “Illegal Wildpeep Trade”
“’The trade in bushpeeps not only threatens biopeepversity in some of the most sensitive peeposystems left on Earth, but may lead to an increase in Peep-to-human virus transmission. The next global pandemic could very well come from Peeps,’ said debonair Peeps expert Andrew Kolb, who was at best tangentially involved in this project and is very flattered that the people who actually expended creativity and effort on this diorama gave him any credit whatsoever.” – Emily Hagar, Natalie Reich, Lucie Harte, Catherine McCusker, Emily Hammell and Andrew Kolb
2. “CI’s Global Peepscape — Find Our Chief Peeps,” featuring CEO “Peeps Seligmann”
“Our peepscape aspires to the idea that no matter where we are in the world, on land, in the sea, or in the sky, every “Peep” needs nature to thrive. We played on the idea of “Where’s Waldo?” to illustrate that Conservation International is working all over the globe to advance a more sustainable approach to development, one that values nature at every turn.” – Catriona Moriarty and Francesca Clark
3. “Thriving Peep Tree”
“As a somewhat compulsive hot glue gun fiend, I was glad to finally have such a sweet outlet for my mania. Recreating some of CI’s most compelling photographs demonstrating humanity’s dependence on nature in neon candy form was a fun — if occasionally sticky — challenge. While marshmallow Peeps and other corn-syrup confections would probably survive in any wasteland or environment (other than a microwave), humans are not so weirdly indestructible and must take care to preserve our world in order to thrive.” – Lindsay Walter-Cox
4. “Help, We’re Melting, We’re Melting!”
“Climate change is affecting people and the environment. Global warming is due to the rising average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and its projected continuation. An increase in global temperature will cause sea levels to rise and will change the amount and pattern of precipitation, and a probable expansion of subtropical deserts. Greater energy efficiency and new technologies hold promise for reducing greenhouse gases and solving this global challenge.” – Ana Lynn and Leon Green
5. “100 Percent of Peeps Need Nature to Thrive!”
“Inspired by the Occupy movement, this diorama captures how everyone needs nature to thrive by demonstrating how an everyday urban necessity such as coffee is heavily dependent on ecosystem health.”
– Julisa Edwards, Natasha Reese and Judy Reyes