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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
There’s a free PDF link to a printable educator’s guide on the page, too
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.