This illustration, although intended to be humours, has an underlying serious aspect, that is reflected in the headline on the newspaper.
It was born from some creative thinking that was stirring in my mind, about a joke (one of the few I can remember). The joke is one of these simple and juvenile ones, like a "knock, knock", but the nice thing about this joke is that it has the twisted advantage of having two answers. So no matter how smart the person you tell it to, there is a way to fool them by giving the second answer. The joke goes like this; "What is Black and White and Read (Red) All Over?" The answers could therefore be; "A newspaper", and/or "A sunburnt penguin."
So the idea was to combine the two aspects of the joke, with a little frank reality as seen on the headlines of the newspaper. As a race, we have singularly destroyed the planet for us and other earthlings, and the idea was to reflect this in the newspaper image and the relatively glued viewing of the three penguins. Like the affairs of the humans are affecting them, which it is.
The design of the newspaper was inspired by "The Guardian", which is one of my favourite newspapers, and I mocked a version up, using one of their ecological headlines. I had a change in the title of the paper, to give more emphasis on the ecological aspect. The newspaper was the hardest bit to do, but as soon as I got past that one day painting the photograph, it was all down hill.