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| Last Updated:: 11/12/2015

Climate change comic with Indian superhero launched in Paris






Paris: To make children understand the challenging issues of climate change in unique and entertaining ways, a comic book featuring an Indian superhero was launched today at the climate change summit here.


The comic "Chakra ­ climate change" features an Indian superhero "Chakra -- The Invincible" created by Stan Lee and Sharad Devarajan, and addresses climate change through his adventures and his best friend "Mighty Girl".


It was launched by Comics Uniting Nations, an initiative developed by UNICEF and NGOs PCI Media Impact and Reading With Pictures to raise awareness about global goals for sustainable development through the art of comics.


This is the third comic to be released in the three part series created by Comics Uniting Nations.


In addition to Chakra ­ climate change, the series includes Heroes for Change, an introduction to the SDGs and Chakra ­ gender equality, a story created by Graphic India.


Heroes for Change was released in September, when the United Nations officially adopted the new goals and distributed globally in 16 different languages as part of "the worlds largest lesson" and has already recorded over 120,000 downloads, a press statement said.


"As a kid, I loved comic books. Now, I see how they inspire people. The United Nations and superheroes are both focused on saving humanity from war, injustice, baby aliens and blobs," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a pre-recorded video.


The story of the comic follows a Model United Nations group discussing the effects of climate change on children and their countries.


They decide to call on their superhero friends chakra and mighty Girl, who try to fix the surface of the problem using typhoon rains from the Philippines to put out a forest fire in Indonesia.


However, they soon realise that climate change is too complex to address action by action, even with superpowers. Instead, each community has to learn how to work together, and do its part.


"Our mission is to create new globalised superheroes that connect with audiences from Boston to Beijing to Bangalore. By creating great comics for kids, we can plant powerful seeds of change that will have a lifelong impact and foster a new generation of global leaders, thinkers and doers to tackle the worlds most pressing issues like climate change and gender inequality," said Sharad Devarajan, CEO of Graphic India.


Olav Kjorven, Director of Public Partnerships at UNICEF said that the comics can address challenging topics in unique and entertaining ways.


"By articulating the principles and values of the global goals through stories, imagery and even some famous characters, we can get people to think about these critical issues and what they mean to their lives, their family and their communities," he said.

One of the founders of Comics Uniting Nations, Natabara Rollosson has been actively supporting COP21 working for the UN Climate Secretariat.


"This comic is a simple, elegant communication tool to break through the complex messaging we usually associate with climate change communication. There should be more people delivering complex information in stories like this. For us, this is just the beginning," he said.