Captain Polo is devastated. His precious boat is in pieces, lying at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and he is locked in the hold of a fishing vessel, destined to be sold to a zoo in China... How will he get out of this?!
In this sequel to Part 1 of the ebook version of this educational graphic novel for kids, Captain Polo continues his epic journey around the world. He faces countless dangers and obstacles on a path that will take him across China, up the mighty Himalaya mountains into the forbidden monasteries of Tibet, through the swampy delta of Bangladesh, and into India. On his voyage Polo meets many colourful, informative, heroic, kind, mischievous and also dangerous characters, ranging from an enlightened Chinese farmer to a jealous Fakir, a disgruntled Bengal Tiger to the Dalai Lama himself. On his way Polo also meets and learns from a character drawn from legend...
Every step of the way Polo hones his understanding of the causes and effects of climate change, the true meaning of global warming and how it is affecting all living creatures and human societies. Polo also witnesses the heroic efforts of individuals, human groups and governments who are learning to adapt to a changing world, reduce their carbon footprints by innovating in the use of cutting edge technology and becoming leaders in the adoption of clean energy.
Book 2 of this comic series makes a broad but accurate summary of scientific information documenting real actions and government policies from some of the world's largest players in the global fight against the climate disaster. Presented through the eyes and travels of Captain Polo, this funny adventure comic will immerse readers aged 9 and above in interesting climate change facts, in a manner that is engaging, fun and easy to understand.
After having developed his conservation career in such exciting places as Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador (including the Galápagos islands) and Colombia Alan decided in August 2018 to quit his job and launch himself 100% towards his first true vocation: having by now published three full-length comic books respectively about natural history, evolution and climate change Alan's dream is to become a best-selling author of comics that combine fiction, non-fiction, humour, satire and adventure in order to educate, entertain, and inspire personal engagement towards bettering our world.
Polo the bear's travels include the Himalayas, where he meets several interesting characters, none more so than the fabled Yeti.
I saw this encounter as a fantastic opportunity to merge humour with climate change facts, while at the same time giving rare free rein to the world of fantasy and legend.
Whether the Yeti really exists or not is irrelevant to the plot: the fact is that if this creature did exist, it would surely be affected by global warming, which in the Himalayas as in other mountain ranges, manifests mainly by melting of ice fields, and a shift from regular snowfall to erratic rainfall.
Here again, I drew graphic inspiration from Hergé's 'Tintin in Tibet', where the Yeti also makes an appearance. I myself had a lot of fun drawing and writing the dialogues for this page. In fact, I laughed the whole time I was doing it!