Captain Polo Climate Academy
The mission of the Captain Polo Climate Academy is to support and promote climate literacy across all age groups. We seek to empower children as agents of positive change for climate action and sustainability, both as future decision-makers and as current key influencers of their parents and other adults.
This is achieved through a variety of educational initiatives and resources featuring the comic book character ‘Captain Polo’ as a unique visual identifier.
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!
Captain Polo's Climate-friendly Food Project
DID YOU KNOW that Food, Agriculture and Land use account for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans?
That's right. Producing, processing, transporting, packaging, consuming and disposing of food is a major climate problem. But it can also be a major solution, because if there's one thing we all do is eat. That means choosing what we eat, when, how and where we obtain our food can make a massive difference.
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!
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
Introductory presentation about climate change and food systems
The students in groups practice using the activity sheets to evaluate example recipes
The groups go out and research the ingredients for their chosen recipes.
Time to cook!
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
This fun little animation explains how Captain Polo met his friend Penguin.
In this video Captain Polo checks out the Antisana volcano in Ecuador, and runs into some pretty terrible weather!
In this video, Captain Polo explores the effects of climate change on the Pacific coast of Ecuador.
In this Christmas story, Captain Polo runs into Santa, who is having a lot of trouble with melting snow at the North Pole.
More videos about Captain Polo and climate change
Captain Polo's Blog
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!
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…
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!
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,…
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. …