It may be Christmas, but Santa’s worried about his home. With oil companies like Shell and Gazprom moving in to drill in the Arctic Ocean, his home at the North Pole is rapidly disappearing from under his feet. Soon, it could be destroyed completely.
To remind your family and friends of the beauty of the Arctic and the threats it faces, why not send them a special Christmas card this year? Greenpeace, who have been campaigning for its future, have released an array of beautiful, funny and exclusive Christmas cards as part of their Save Santa’s Home camapign, designed by people who care about the Arctic from all over the world, including Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett.
Other cartoonists – joining the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Vivienne Westwood in the campaign – include Raymond Briggs, Seppo, Modern Toss, Dave Walker and Peter Schrank.
When you send a card you are automatically signing the Greenpeace petition to save the Arctic and supporting their work, which led to the ‘Arctic 30’ being arrested by the Russian government and accused of piracy (even though their ship was in international waters)
As you send these to your loved ones, remember the North Pole and the threats it faces by companies like Gazprom and Shell. It’s these dangers that the Arctic 30 want to draw the world’s attention to – help them spread the word.
• Send a Greenpeace Card: www.savesantashome.org/cards
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.