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
As the more environmentally aware celebrate the 50th Earth Day around the world, I am inspired to share this page from my educational comic book, The Adventures of Polo the Bear. In this scene, Polo enjoys seeing an actual climate change solution: roof gardens. Using plants (rather than greenhouse gas-emitting air conditioners) Leila and her grandma not only cool down their entire apartment building, which being in Cairo, Egypt, is a big deal, but they also provide food for their family and sell the surplus to neighbors, thereby also ticking the box of empowering women and girls, a key element in achieving sustainability and social justice.
The Adventures of Captain Polo: Polo in East Africa