The right cartoon can change the world
It is said that an image is worth a thousand words, and that emotions help people retain information.
In my conservation career I've had to use the conventions of science to communicate about nature: graphs, technical reports, data tables.
These do not command the attention of children, or indeed the great majority of adults.
Yet it is precisely with children and adults who are not necessarily devout conservationists that I want to communicate with; if I want to enhance knowledge, shift attitudes and change behaviours, what is the use of preaching to the choir?
For this reason I create educational comics and cartoons. The idea is to learn while having a laugh.
Check out my site and let me know what you think - I'd love to hear from you!
is a picture book for children between ages 6 to 8. It narrates how Polo and his friends help Santa Claus overcome a particularly slushy problem....
for kids aged 7 - 10 features a comic-strip version of Polo at the North Pole plus loads of fun games and puzzles.
Based on the comic 'The Adventures of Polo the Bear: a Story of Climate Change', both books combine the Christmas theme with information and positive messages about climate change. These books are designed to be fun yet also educational, and above all, to inspire personal commitment to making our planet a healthier place.