Ideal for introducing climate justice concerns and discussion to curious early readers ages 5 and up, Noella Environmental Education Science Comics (Volumes 1 and 2) touch on urgent concerns like climate change, landfills, and microplastics. Created by Louis Yuen and a small cohort of artists from Infinity Productions, the books break down complex science topics into simple-to-digest comics. The Infinity team delivers entertainment, craft pedigree, and delightful character-based adventures that are rooted in robust, evidence-based science. This is all done while acknowledging the political arguments that drive and curtail the most urgent dangers facing our planet.
Noella, a cheerily rendered ‘goofy’ and ‘environmentally curious’ pre-teen, acts as our guide in the story, preventing them from lapsing into a pedantic tone, and keeping things light and lively. Like any good comic character, she comes with a distinctive look and catchphrase of sorts: making the world a cleaner place!
Featuring dynamic, bright panels and a loose drawing style, these nonfiction comics are based on leading universities’ climate research data, and aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The comics give parents and educators support and confidence in delivering scientific concepts to primary-age students. Each book also comes with a visual dictionary and a game to cement lessons learned and prompt engagement with the wider world.
The first volume of Noella Environmental Education Science Comics delves with gusto into renewables and sustainable urban growth and features chapters on microplastics, renewable energy, nuclear energy, giant trees, plants, and CO2 and urban growth. Don’t let these scientific topics deter you, the comics in the book present the topic in a fun, approachable, and easy-to-understand way for kids.
The second volume tackles ocean science and habitats and features chapters on river avulsion, how warming ocean temperatures harm sea creatures, the rise in sea levels, microplastics in our water systems, how polar bears are affected by global warming, and how Artic freshwater melt will affect marine systems.