Archie Comics offers free to read comics ahead of Earth Day 2022, focusing on saving the environment and encouraging recycling

Ahead of Earth Day 2022 on 22nd April, celebrate Earth Day with two free classic stories from US publisher Archie Comics, that focus on saving the environment and encouraging recycling.

The publisher is running the comics free to read on its web site here, and there’s a free PDF link to a printable educator’s guide on the page, too.

Archie Comics - Earth Day 2022 - Free Comics

Earth Day is an annual event co-ordinated by EarthDay.org, whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EarthDay.org is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries, including the UK, to drive positive action for our planet.

Earth Day 2022 - Invest in our Planet

The organisation says every Earth Day can drive a year of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new plan of action for our planet

The first free comic on offer is “Bottle Battle” by Angelo DeCesare, Pat Kennedy, Mike DeCarlo, Pat Owsley and Barry Grossman! Archie and friends learn about plastic waste and different efforts they can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

Archie Comics - Earth Day 2022 - Free Comics
Archie Comics - Earth Day 2022 - Free Comics

The second free story is “Getting Drastic with Plastic” by Batton Lash, Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Digikore Studios. Veronica learns about the long-lasting effects of plastic on the environment! But what can the daughter of a multi-billionaire industrialist do on her own to reduce plastic waste? Hmm…

Archie Comics - Earth Day 2022 - Free Comics
Archie Comics - Earth Day 2022 - Free Comics

The comics include information on the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a growing global alliance of more than 1200 organisations, businesses, and thought leaders in 75 countries working toward a more just, equitable world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment.

The Coalition previously released a report “Flip The Script: Can Hollywood Help Us Imagine a Future Without Plastic?” that suggests that instead of portraying the unfortunate reality of excessive plastic use, films and TV shows could help change our society’s throwaway culture by modeling life with less single-use plastic and portraying a healthier, more just future.

Plastic Pollution Coalition - Flip the Script

Researchers at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center examined 32 popular US television shows from the 2019-2020 season in the first-ever analysis of the portrayal and prevalence of single-use plastics and reusable alternatives in popular scripted television shows. They found them awash with plastic pollution.

Read both comics for free here on the Archie Comics web site

There’s a free PDF link to a printable educator’s guide on the page, too

Visit EarthDay.org to find out about events happening in your country here, including the UK

Special thanks to Nancy Silberkleit for the heads up on this – follow her on Twitter here

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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