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
This week's author insight is from part 3 of my first climate change comic, The Adventures of Polo the Bear.
Polo's message on this page is that of restraint. In the story, he resists the temptation to accept a free 1st class air ticket, aware that he has to show the example to others. I make use of supporting characters like the mediocre civil servant and the pushy TV presenter to press the notion that solving the planet's environmental problems will require all of us to make changes in our lifestyle. Flying less is just an example.
Hopefully, kids reading this page will get the general message: consume less, and always be aware of the environmental impact of your actions.
The Adventures of Captain Polo: Polo in East Africa