Travelling the world to learn about climate change is dangerous work: Captain Polo dodges bullets in East Africa, gets chased by furious, knife-wielding market sellers in the streets of Cairo, narrowly escapes getting arrested by Italian coastguards in the Mediterranean Sea, and gets captured in London Zoo!
Today's climate crisis may be the most serious environmental issue in human history.
Understanding the causes and effects of climate change can be complicated and confusing. This funny adventure comic packed with action and interesting climate change facts teaches what we can all do to fight global warming.
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
In this time of anxiety as the world shuts down because of the COVID19, its easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. The pandemic will pass, but global warming is here to stay, with potentially catastrophic consequences for all life on Earth, unless societies all around the world rally to support the solutions that do exist.
This week's author insight from Polo the Bear's adventure comic is an invitation to reflect on the fact that COVID 19 in a sense is leveling the playing field: we are ALL immediately affected, regardless of our socioeconomic circumstances. Climate Change however, is felt first and most by the millions of people living on the edge of survival. They pay the highest price yet they are the least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions destroying us all. Let's use this lockdown time to reflect on our lifestyles and commit to engage towards a better world for all.
The Adventures of Captain Polo: Polo in East Africa