The Adventures of Polo the Bear: the Climate Change Comic (Part 1) - The Adventures of Polo the Bear #1
Publisher: Alan J Hesse
My name is Polo, I'm a polar bear, and I'm REALLY, REALLY MAD! I'm mad because my Arctic home is melting!
Apparently it's all because of this thing called Climate Change, or Climate Crisis. In this comic you can read about my epic journey across the globe as I learn all about it!
Information on climate change and global warming is often overwhelming and confusing. The Adventures of Polo the Bear will help readers aged 10 and above understand the causes and effects of climate change around the world, what can and already is being about it, and how everyone can get involved!
Polo the Bear starts to tell his tale...
The walrus looked large and juicy, and not too far away. I hadn't eaten in days. It seems to be getting harder and harder to find food lately, and the ice is often unsafe to walk on, like it's melting or something. I crept up stealthily to the dozing walrus...careful... quietly does it... just a few more feet... suddenly the walrus woke up! In a split second, with a flurry of flippers it disappeared over the edge of the ice and plunged deep into the Arctic sea!
Instants later, a large CRACK! shattered the white silence of the polar landscape: the ice I was standing on broke away! I' was immediately at the mercy of the rough, black, cold waters and strong currents. My piece of ice started drifting... further and further out to sea. Days later, my ice island was tiny... I could barely stay on it... and then a terrible storm gathered on the horizon...!
This is the story of a young polar bear who quite unintentionally finds himself on an odyssey around the world, vaguely looking for food and wondering how to get home. In Part 1 of this series, the bear initiates his journey in the North Atlantic, making landfall in north-eastern Canada, southern United States, the highlands of Colombia and Peru, the Galápagos islands of Ecuador and the Marshall Islands in the vast Pacific Ocean. Everywhere he goes, he encounters evidence of climate change on people, communities, ecosystems and wildlife. The bear also discovers the strategies that are already being implemented to reduce and adapt to climate change, making this a book more about solutions than problems.
Part 1 closes with Polo's Climate Change Classroom, where he teaches some basic terms and concepts, as well as tips and ideas to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle - in Polo's words, 'wherever you live and whoever you are!'.
Packed with scientifically validated information but also adventure and humour, the comic offers an entertaining and informative reading experience.