Information on climate change and global warming is often overwhelming and confusing.
This funny adventure comic will take readers aged 9 and above on a global journey of discovery that will help them understand the causes and effects of climate change around the world, what people are doing about it, and how each one of us can make a difference.
This educational graphic novel for kids is also for attentive parents, creative teachers and anyone who is concerned about climate change and wants to learn more by reading a fiction story that is visually stimulating, fun to read and scientifically accurate. Captain Polo and the many colourful characters he meets on his journey will introduce you to interesting climate change facts and not only teach you what the main terms and concepts of climate change actually mean and how these are reflected around the world, but also several things everyone can do every day to help reduce the effects of climate change.
Based in biodiversity-rich Ecuador, Alan wears several hats: he is an author-illustrator, an educator and a conservation biologist. Alan’s work is inspired by the majesty and fragility of nature and the need to do everything we can to protect it.
Alan combines his artistic creativity with his technical experience and knowledge to create scientifically accurate, educational children’s books full of quirky, comic humour and fun action, and usually bearing a message about how everyone can help preserve Nature.
Alan draws the artwork in his comic or picture books by hand and then edits it all digitally.
He is the author of five educational comic books for middle grade children, among which his main ongoing focus is the Captain Polo series about climate change.
Alan is also the author of 3 climate change-themed picture books for children within the 6-8 age range.
Check it all out on Alan’s website, AJH Education Comics and Cartoons: https://alanhesse.com
Greenhouse gases end up in the atmosphere and warm up the Earth ultimately because of how human consumers behave. Our industrialised populations want it all, all the time, and the Earth simply can't take it any more. In my comic I wanted to somehow address this, and I did so in various ways throughout the book.
This excerpt shows a caricatural take on excessive fuel consumption to run a typical SUV in a society in which such consumption is regarded as normal. The supermarket scenes, by way of stereotype, similarly reveal excessive and irresponsible consumption habits.
At this stage of the book, Polo is still just a bear who is lost and whose main concern is finding something to eat. He knows nothing of climate change or sustainability. As he continues his travels however, we begin to see his evolution.
See you next week for the following Author Insight!
The Adventures of Captain Polo: The Climate Change Comic