A little holiday break in the post card action, but with today and tomorrow, still five new cards to President Obama to complete the week. Happy Boxing Day and a surly GRRR! for 50 total post cards so far!
A little hard to read I know, but today's card is special in that it also contains a poem by my 12 year old daughter Keeley. Time Somebody Told Me... is terrific (in my humble opinion) and was written as Keeley's own response to our trip to the Arctic. Enjoy if you can see it, and I may post it more clearly at some future date.
Over n' out!
Let's face it, as awesomely wild and "face of climate change" as they are, polar bears are also just simply cute! -- especially when they're cubs and till haven't opened their eyes yet - ala the viral video from the Columbus Zoo that's been circulating for the last day or two (Google it!). To wit, my baby polar bear -- as yet unnamed -- and drawn while watching the aforementioned 2 minutes of cuteness at least a time or two this afternoon :) Have a great weekend. More polar bears next week!
My 44th post card for the the 44th President of the United States. With recent actions to stymie tar sands fracking and some vocal support for climate negotiations in Paris (among other things) President Obama is slowly but surely regaining some credibility as a President willing to act on the environment. Imagined here in the portrait pose of President Jimmy Carter - who took great strides on environmental protections in his own right - a presidential polar bear with some grit and determination to get things done in the final year of his second term.
Merry Christmas President Obama! (I really hope - fingers crossed - that all of these post cards are surviving their travels from Winthrop to Washington without too much damage.
More excellent post cards for the President! This time from some friends of mine (and awesome polar bear artists) here in Winthrop!
Once again if others kids/students/classrooms are interested, revisit my first post for an explanation and this later one for a student template and the President's address at the White House :)
I'd love to see anything that you create and add them to the collection! Otherwise, stay tuned for more bears.
OK, this one's weird... but bees and bears are both in need. A snow hive here and some busy bees in fits of arctic exploration. 40 cards to the Presidents far! Send some of your own with the template here!
Inspired by 1950's sci-fi movie posters, we DON'T want our polar bears to become the fodder of science fiction! A collective effort soon solidified at #COP21 #saveourseaice.
Climate talks continue this week in Paris, and the little green leaf/flame with the Eiffel Tower at its midrib or primary vein is the symbol of the conference. LOTS of discussion regarding whether or not enough will come of this... but there IS optimism in both the numbers of participants and in the general sentiment that economic successes can go hand-in-hand with environmental policy. We shall see, and the bears remain optimistic as well!
December 5th is National Ninja Day (at least according to the good folks at All the Wonders and others I'm sure - I just haven't checked) and the Polar Bear Post Card Project is getting in on the act!
In this particular scenario, the massive adults of the world (IE the 150 nations currently meeting in Paris to create some consensus on economic and environmental policy regarding climate change) need to "bear" down and get their act together to keep the world from totally falling apart.
THAT way, the our youngest kids and cubs can busy themselves with creative, imaginative, and age-appropriate scenarios of awesomeness - rather than worry about their world slipping quickly into something decidedly worse and unrecognizable or untenable.
Ironically -- especially since this pairing of National Nina Day with these post cards was pretty random -- the following philosophy of the Ninja from the Bujinkan Kocho Dojo is pretty much just about perfect for the action needed on climate change:
A ninja, using the power of his spirit to see through the fears and illusions that would coerce lesser people into doing unjust and immoral things, can realize the harmonious playing out of the forces of the universe and act accordingly.
And so it goes. Polar Bear Ninjas for Climate Change!
A select few Polar Bear Post Cards from the kids at Daniel Bagley (more on the way!)
And a great post card (plus inspiring companion!) from a young home schooler :)
If others are interested, revisit my first post for an explanation and this later one for a student template and the President's address at the White House :)
I'd love to see anything the you create and add them to the collection! Otherwise, stay tuned for more bears.
And the work of forming a global perspective on climate change -- on scales both minute and grandiose -- is under way at COP21. The conference continues Nov. 30 - Dec. 11 but results should hopefully carry on for years beyond!
The COP21 or the United Nations Conference on Climate Change began yesterday in Paris. And for my post card, a polar bear with the subtle likeness of Prince Charles.
Admittedly, this could be a lemming as easily as it could be a bear... but you can't fault a guy for playing around with style!
For Nola, the White Rhino who died November 23rd at the San Diego Zoo. There are now only three remaining White Rhinos left in the world... #Nola4Ever #EndExtinction
A fine week of sharing The Runaway Tortilla, The Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project, and many other bookish things at both SCBWI's Inside Story and with kids at Maple Hills Elementary School! Much thanks to all and I will have more to post from the school visit in another day or two :)
Arg! A little trouble finding a quality scanner in order to post this from the midst of school visit travels... Although its far less nice than it would be scanned at home, here is my Veteran's Day polar bear mailing. With GRRRattitude!
Lots of GRRRowling wolverines in my Harts Pass comic strip... but the gritty determination is appropriate here for polar bears as well. GRRR!