Feed me serotonin

The importance of staying optimistic when facing the climate crisis

By Alan J. Hesse / February 14, 2022

I recently had the pleasure and honour of being a guest on the podcast Feed Me Serotonin, hosted by Alex Knott. We discussed insightful questions about anthropogenic climate change, its causes and effects on global society, and the importance of staying optimistic. I believe that we have no choice but to be optimistic for two…

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A fire-side chat with Authors & Educators on a Mission

By Alan J. Hesse / December 3, 2021

‘A fire-side chat with Authors & Educators on a Mission‘ is the name of an online event hosted by WildHub, a thriving online conservation community. This event was inspired by the lead-up to COP26, this year’s important climate conference that took place in Glasgow. In this introductory clip, the group members introduce themselves and the group.…

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Championing climate action in the Global South

By Alan J. Hesse / October 7, 2021

I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Derval Barzey, host of The Climate Conscious Podcast, about championing climate action in the Global South. Like myself, Caribbean-based Derval is a resident of the Global South and she knows what I’m talking about when I say how those countries are the most vulnerable to effects of…

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In conversation with Climate Optimists

By Alan J. Hesse / September 25, 2021

For a good two years now I have been networking intensely with other authors, educators, creatives, communicators and anyone who shares my concerns and sense of urgency regarding the state of our natural environment, global society and planet. The COVID pandemic has unexpectedly helped make this happen, as more and more of us communicate online.…

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Conversations with Calvin

A chat about climate education

By Alan J. Hesse / August 16, 2021

  In this interview We The Species podcast host Calvin Schwartz and I talk about climate education, conservation and storytelling with The Adventures of Captain Polo. Calvin convinces me to give some of the back story to how I got into conservation, a tale that involves how I dodged the French Infantry and how a…

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The Road to Green Transportation

By Kat Sarmiento / July 27, 2021

By Kat Sarmiento At an early age, children are already introduced to the concept of vehicles and transportation. Beginning with the nursery rhymes they get to listen to, to the books that are read to them, and the videos they see on TV or the internet, kids get excited to see cars, boats, airplanes, trains,…

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The why and how behind using graphic novels as teaching tools

By Alan J. Hesse / July 1, 2021

Intelligent questions that allow me to divulge the WHY and HOW behind using graphic novels as teaching tools.

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Pants On or Off?

By Alan J. Hesse / June 9, 2021

Pants On or Off? refers to the creative process of an author deciding how to create a book. Some authors wade right in with no planning, the creative juices flowing. Other authors such as myself will plan it all out beforehand. Graphic novels, cartoons or comics and Nature conservation. An unlikely combination perhaps. Yet there…

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A chat with Drunk On Porpoise

By Alan J. Hesse / April 15, 2021

A chat with Drunk On Porpoise is a conversation about conservation, climate change, education, humour, satire and graphic novels. These subjects may seem an eclectic mix, yet they all come together very naturally in this interview. Another topic covered in this interview was my process in creating a graphic novel. I explain the different steps…

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A climate change graphic novel

By Alan J. Hesse / February 26, 2021

The Adventures of Captain Polo: Pole to Pole is the 4th book of the series, and like it’s predecessors, it explores different aspects of our era’s most critical existential crisis. However, Pole to Pole is much more than just another children’s book about climate change: it is also a story about courage, desperation, tenacity, exploration,…

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