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Captain Polo Climate Academy

Global ambassador for climate education

Captain Polo's Climate Academy creates resources and projects to help children and adults learn about the climate crisis and what needs to be done about it.

 

Now, Captain Polo is a polar bear, but not just any old polar bear: he can speak most human languages for one thing. But mostly he's worried about the Arctic, his native habitat, which is melting twice as fast as anywhere else because of global warming caused by humans. 

 

That's why Captain Polo is a bear on a mission: he wants to keep on learning more about climate change and what the solutions are, and he means to pass everything he learns on to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

 

You can read all about Captain Polo and his adventures in the graphic novel series and other books.

 

And in case you're wondering why he's called 'Captain', it's explained in this blog post.

Read all about the Adventures of Captain Polo!

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The Official Captain Polo Climate Change Board Game

Projects

Captain Polo's Climate-friendly Cooking Project

This project aims to help children between the ages of 8 and 13 develop critical thinking and analytical skills concerning food systems and how these relate to global climate change.  

The project works closely with teachers to implement a series of activities in and outside the classroom. These activities are student-centered, inclusive, multidisciplinary, and hands-on.

Participants practice their skills in maths, analytical thinking, public speaking, research, teamwork, arts, and food preparation to evaluate the 'climate-friendliness' and health value of different food items, including the ingredients of their very own recipes!

The final event of the project is Captain Polo's Climate-friendly Food Fair, at which project participants present their final dishes and the analysis thereof to a jury charged with evaluating and rewarding the students' critical thinking and culinary skills.

The recipes themselves are afterward collated and published in Captain Polo's international cookbook of climate-friendly recipes. The students who participated in the project are duly credited as contributors and they get to see their own recipes in a published book!

Penguin cook

Check out this podcast interview (starting from minute 8:45) to learn more about this project and why it's important:

Piloting the project with the SKAS Despertar Montessori School, Quito, Ecuador

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Introductory presentation about climate change and food systems

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The students in groups practice using the activity sheets to evaluate example recipes

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The groups go out and research the ingredients for their chosen recipes.

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Time to cook!

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1st Climate-friendly Food Fair, Captain Polo Climate Academy, Ecuador

SPECIAL NOTE FOR TEACHERS

If you are interested in finding out more about this project and how your school might participate, get in touch! 

Captain Polo's videos

If you have read Captain Polo's adventures in the graphic novels you may have noticed a certain penguin appearing, as from Book 3 in the series.

This fun little animation explains how Captain Polo met Penguin.

Captain Polo's Blog

Polo says hello

Whenever Captain Polo travels somewhere and learns something new about climate change he'll write a blog about it. 

If you want to write your own guest blog about climate change or anything related to the natural environment just let me know and we'll post it here! 

Polo in Ecuador: the giant sponge effect!

By Polo Bear | March 10, 2020

Dear followers,Welcome to Ecuador! I’m here visiting my biographer, Alan Hesse, the author of the comic book I star in. Today we’re visiting the Antisana volcano, which has the biggest glacier in Ecuador and is 5,790 metres high: that’s more than 5 times higher than Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Britain! The day of my visit to Antisana the…

Water makes electricity in Malawi

By Polo Bear | March 10, 2020

Dear followers, I’ve just come back from Malawi in southern Africa!  I visited people living in villages in the south of Malawi, near the town of Mulanje. These villages have electricity thanks to a project by Practical Action and a local non-profit company called MEGA.  Thanks to this project, people are lighting up their homes, powering schools and energising businesses. …

Nepal

My visit to Nepal and ‘Gravity Goods Ropeways’

By Polo Bear | March 10, 2020

Dear followers, I’m very excited to be writing this blog about my recent trip to Nepal!  A very nice fellow called Andy Heath who works with an organisation called Practical Action kindly took me all the way to Nepal with him to meet some villagers who have had a big problem getting the things that they need,…

Polo learns about El Niño and Climate Change in the Pacific

By Polo Bear | March 10, 2020

Dear followers, this time I haven’t written a blog – too busy filming!  My biographer and I are exploring the effects of climate change on the Pacific coast of South America.  Check out my nifty shades! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my Youtube channel!  Bye!

Captain Polo's Top 10 Climate Change Actions