The Adventures of Polo the Bear: a story of climate change
By Alan J. Hesse
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Easy does it….as the young polar bear stealthily creeps up behind the dozing walrus, only one thought is in his mind: 'DON'T be seen, or heard! Haven't eaten in days….I can't miss this one!' Just a few feet away, the walrus suddenly wakes up and realises the danger – in a split second, with a flurry of flippers the walrus is over the edge of the ice and plunging deep into the Arctic sea!
Instants later, a large CRACK shatters the white silence of the polar landscape: the bear's piece of ice has literally broken away! Immediately at the mercy of the rough, black, cold waters and strong currents, the bear's piece of ice drifts steadily away from his homeland. Days becomes nights become days, and as the piece of ice travels southwards with the ocean currents its helpless four-legged cast away can only shift his weight on the slippery surface that is getting steadily smaller, and smaller…until, in a terrible storm….
This is the story of a young polar bear who quite unintentionally finds himself on an epic voyage around the world, vaguely looking for food and wondering how to get home. In Part 1 of this series, the bear initiates his global odyssey by visiting 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 an epilogue that highlights some main climate change terms and concepts, as well as tips and ideas to become more climate savvy – in Polo's words, 'wherever you live and whoever you are!'.
The comic format and artwork provide a fun and entertaining reading experience, making this book a key learning resource on the subject of climate change for readers aged 10 and above.
Author Alan J. Hesse
Alan Hesse grew up all over the developing world, literally living from a suitcase as his soil-scientist father went from posting to posting from Syria to India and most places in between. These travels exposed Alan to a rich diversity of cultures and landscapes, and from an early age he developed a popular talent for drawing cartoons reflecting the places where he had lived.
Alan also became passionate about nature and wildlife, and his subsequent decisions and circumstances put him on a parallel path of pursuing a career in conservation science while also creating cartoons and comics for environmental education.
In this way Alan has produced dozens of cartoon-based education resources for conservation or development projects and charities across the world. Some of his work can be seen on his website 'Cartoons for Conservation': alanhesse.co.uk.
After having developed his conservation career in several countries of South America, Alan decided in August 2018 to quit his job and launch himself 100% towards his first true vocation: having by now published three full-length comic books respectively about natural history, evolution and climate change Alan's dream is to become a best-selling author of comics that combine fiction, non-fiction, humour, satire and adventure in order to educate, entertain, and inspire personal engagement towards bettering our world. Currently based in Ecuador, Alan seeks to reach audiences from all over the world with his comic books.