Can Santa Claus Help the World Conquer Climate Change?
Comic book from Comics Uniting Nations and founding partner UNICEF
takes the action to the North Pole, and brings the message home to kids
As COP 24 finishes a new hero emerged today to help lead the global battle against the potentially catastrophic climate
menace. Actually, a rather old hero.
Santa Claus – also known as Father Christmas, Père Noël and St. Nicholas – released a deeply personal account of his struggle to recognize, understand and take action against the impacts of rising temperatures and extreme weather events that are threatening the very foundations of his fabled workshop and village.
The comic, titled Santa's Green Christmas - Father Christmas Battles Climate Change, the newest
release from Comics Uniting Nations, reveals how Mr. Claus first became aware of shifting temperatures when Dancer, the lead member of his reindeer team, nearly crashed through the previously solid Arctic ice-cap during a practice landing.
“Fortunately, she was soon on the mend,” Mr. Claus recounts. “But the whole thin-ice issue really caught my attention.”
Santa checks research from the world's most eminent scientists - and consults with neighboring terns,
wrens and polar bears to confirm the gravity of the phenomenon.
“It seems to me we have been dashing to disaster,” Mr. Claus concludes. But he also finds reason to hope, noting that by leveraging clean energy sources and working together on the root causes of climate change, we can halt its destructive path.
The comic is freely available to the public in web and print versions. To read or download:
Santa's Green Christmas - Father Christmas battles Climate Change is a publication of Comics Uniting Nations: a partnership between UNICEF, The World’s Largest Lesson, PCI Media Impact and Reading With Pictures. The partnership is releasing a series of comic books with the ultimate mission to publicizecand popularize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Santa's Green Christmas was idea of Felix Dodds, a UN consultant and co-author or editor of a
dozen texts on sustainable development policy, and Michael Strauss, an international political
and media advisor and the director of Earth Media.
Strauss considers Santa the ideal spokesperson for confronting climate change. "Santa Claus may be the ultimate benevolent father figure in Western cultures – or grandfather figure. He warmly encourages and rewards good behavior, and gently but firmly admonishes the bad. And with a
herd of high-flying reindeer and a home in the Arctic north, he's about as grounded in nature and close to the front lines of climate impacts as anyone.”
Dodds noted that he himself has had a long, productive relationship with Mr. Claus.
“I first met Father Christmas at the age of three in a clothing store in the UK in Derby, and I became
Chair of Father Christmas Youth. I then organized a stakeholder consultation around gift-giving practices in my freshman year at the University of Surrey. I now hope to have Santa lead a workshop on water, food and energy.”
Comics Uniting Nations is a partnership between UNICEF, PCI Media Impact, The World’s Largest Lesson and Reading with Pictures, to make the Sustainable Development Goals accessible to the people of the world through comics. Working with a wide array of artists and content creators, Comics Uniting Nations leverages the universal visual language and transformative power of comics to educate people in every corner of the globe about the SDGs and empower them to create positive and lasting change in their own communities and worldwide.
For more information, visit Comics Uniting Nations.
Writers, editors and originators: Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss
Artist and Colorist: John Charles
Inks: Lee Townsend
Lettering: Ian Sharman
Editor in Chief: Father Christmas
In memory and appreciation of: Maurice Strong and Joke Waller Hunter
Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world by Felix Dodds, Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch