Teaching Climate Change through Storytelling and Comics
From Alan Hesse on July 13th, 2021
As entertaining graphic novels The Adventures of Captain Polo books allow climate educators to broach the difficult subjects of global warming and its effects to children as young as 8 in a positive, fun manner. The impartial view of events expressed by Captain Polo as a non-human character not only serves to engage children emotionally but also helps dispel climate anxiety, especially since the books express messages of hope and positive action to make this world cleaner, greener, fairer and safer.
I am also developing the Captain Polo character in his own right as an international messenger for hope and climate action, though videos, games, blogs, downloadable resources, school workshops and talks.