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
Whether its your reaction to a pandemic such as COVID19 or to the far more serious, underlying meltdown of natural systems as a result of global warming, despair is not the answer. There are always solutions.
This week I want to draw attention to the caricature of a 'doom and gloom' person as seen in the excerpt from my book, The Adventures of Polo the Bear. This character's attitude is actually harmful, because it paralyses action to effect change. Our world needs change: we can no longer take Earth's natural resources for granted.
The global lockdown is showing us that Nature is resilient: it CAN and DOES recover remarkably quickly. Here is a lesson for us all. Clear water in Venetian canals and greatly reduced air pollution over Beijing is what good looks like. COVID19 will pass, the climate emergency will not, unless we learn and inspire each other to do better.
The Adventures of Captain Polo: Polo in East Africa