I haven’t updated the Print section in a while, which might lead you to think that I haven’t been reading anything cool. But you’d be wrong. I just haven’t finished reading it…
But right now I’m travelling around a bit, and one thing I love to do when visiting cool cities is check out local comic shops and grab small indie comics or zines that are hard or impossible to find elsewhere. While in Vancouver, I went to a couple comic shops and couldn’t resist some, so I’ll be blogging a bit about what I found in the next couple days as I work through everything.
The first purchase I made was Vancouver comic-maker S. A. Hill‘s little graphic zine/comic A Brief Accurate Graphic History Of The Environmental Movement. For those who don’t know, Vancouver and British Columbia in general is insanely naturally gorgeous, with the rocky mountains, rivers, lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and lots of beautiful forests – it’s no wonder it’s home to a strong environmental movement, not to mention the patron saint of Canadian environmentalism, David Suzuki.
Hill’s little graphic novel does a rundown of environmentalism (mostly in Canada and America) from the 1960’s until today. Her work is kind of on the cute side, with playful use of visuals to make her points. She looks at both the societal issues with environmentalism, as well as the political, focusing less on the science and technical aspects of it and possibly solution aka renewable energy. But she doesn’t really have to – the point she seems to be pushing towards the end of the book is simply that people have to come together and really push the issue to make change, and also stop thinking in terms of environment vs. economy, which is a point that Suzuki makes also. And it’s true – the economy needs the environment, not the other way around.
So is her work going to blow people’s minds and change the way they look at the environment? Convert all readers who were thinking otherwise that now they have to go vegan and drive Tesla’s and vote Green? Probably not. But it’s an informative, simple, and well-written work that I enjoyed as a long-time environmentalist, and would recommend to anyone who might want to start learning about the environmental movement and issue.