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UN Superhero Announces Climate Change Comic Book

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations!

Did you know the United Nations has teamed up with Spiderman creator and comic book legend Stan Lee to bring you a comic book all about climate change?

Comics Uniting Nations is a UN project that aims to make the world’s Sustainable Development Goals accessible to people through comics, with help from creative, academic, publishing and technology partners around the world.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the project – with comic book style graphics – in a video streamed at last year’s New York Comic Con which you can watch above.

“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,” he said.

Last year during the COP21 climate chance conference in Paris, the comic book Chakra – Climate Change was released featuring the adventures of two superheroes trying to take action against climate change.

Photo: comicsunitingnations.org
Photo: comicsunitingnations.org

Chakra the Invincible and Mighty Girl

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

“They decide to call on their superhero friends Chakra the Invincible 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,” the UN said in a statement.

“But 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,” the statement said.

The story shows kids the dangers of climate change and offers them ideas on how their can mitigate the problems at home, and what they need to demand of grownups around them.

Chakra – Climate Change is the third comic in a series produced by Comics Uniting Nations. Heroes for Change, an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, and Chakra – Gender Equality have also been released and distributed globally.

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