Green Energy Futures…at Whose Cost?


School of Design | Communications Design •
Student | Shannon Lee
Faculty | Xinyi Li

With the mounting pressure to transition from fossil energy to renewable sources, lithium has risen to one of the most sought-after raw materials in global trade. From everyday consumer electronics to Tesla vehicles, lithium is seen as the “holy grail”, serving a variety of uses as an efficient and reusable battery component. Though the sourcing of lithium through mining and salt-water extraction often poses a disastrous threat to local indigenous populations in water-scarce regions. Broadening the scope of examination into production processes changes the face of the so-called “silver-bullets” of the green-energy revolution.

An information design dossier featuring an investigation into the life cycle, political context, and uses of lithium.