Saving Oceans through ComicsJune 13, 2017
How can we save the ocean?
How can we spread awareness? How can we mobilize kids to be the superheroes who solve the problems of tomorrow? Through comics!
Comics Uniting Nations, our partnership program with UNICEF and Reading with Pictures, is excited to announce the release of its latest comic, Annie Sunbeam and Friends: Protecting Life Below Water.
Comics Uniting Nations makes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) accessible to the citizens of the world through comics. Comics have a universal visual language that helps readers get past language barriers, cultural differences, and limited literacy. This addition is part of a growing series focused on the 2030 SDGs, with Annie Sunbeam highlighting Goal 14: the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine life.
Annie Sunbeam made her debut at the United Nations Oceans Conference at the SDG Media Zone this past Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The comic was introduced by PCI Media CEO, Sean Southey; Co-Founder of Comics Uniting Nations, Natabara Rollosson; Director of Partnerships at UNICEF, Olav Kjorven; creator of Annie Sunbeam, Debbie Margolis Horwitz; and DC Comics Artist, Bernard Chang.
The story is based on comic hero, Annie Sunbeam, and her Solution to Pollution Crew as they take a vacation to Planet Earth. They arrive only to realize the damage humans have done to Earth’s aquatic resources. Annie uses her sunbeam super powers to ‘wake’ humans from their daze, which is blinding them from the harm they are doing to oceans and marine life. As the story unfolds, Annie Sunbeam shows how simple changes to human life can reverse and reduce the damage done to marine ecosystems.
Following the SDG Media Zone was a reception and comic signing at the UNICEF Activate Talk. This side event was introduced by an inspiring panel of young change makers, all of whom shared their wave-making backgrounds in ocean conservation. From abandoning plastic at a middle school cafeteria to developing a subsea oil capping device, the evening was charged with an exciting and hopeful spirit that anyone, children or adults, can make a difference.
“Being able to do a comic like Annie Sunbeam was incredible because it allowed me to combine my childhood dreams and professional career into an effort that is very worthwhile. Hopefully, this can reach a greater audience of youth, and not just youth but also adults, through the images and the storytelling. I’m hoping that we can impact the world in some way.” –Bernard Chang, DC Comics