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With a Little Help from Our Friends

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, November 16, 2020.

Julie. Photo by Julia Leiter.

Meet Julie, our German translator!

We are very glad to have Julie on board for the German translation of our book ‘About Us: Stories of Climate Change’. While the two of us – Frederik and Erlend – are currently finalizing the last illustrations and texts, Julie is transforming our work into a world of “Klimawandel”, “Salzwasserintrusion” and “Kohlenstoffdioxidausstoß”. That way, we expect to have the German version ready before Christmas.

Julie normally has her hands full in the tourism industry, but thanks to the closed borders, she has some time to spare for our book. We are truly grateful for her contributions, which she – in her own words – is providing with “her whole heart” as a positive, passionate and vegan citizen of the world.

Together, we are strong, and if there is one time that has shown this, it is the time we are living through right now. The climate crisis, COVID-19 and political division: now is the moment to reach out for/with a helping hand from/to our friends.


The Way Forward

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, October 2, 2020.

[Left] A map showing the percentage of renewable energy share of the total energy output across Europe, and [Right] various ways youth can be empowered to make this map all blue. The right panel is taken from the Belgium story of the book.

Just like Jess is joining the march to push the European Union forward on climate issues in our Belgium story, so is the climate movement motivating us to complete the book. But just as making the right steps are critical for the continent overall, so are the steps toward our finish line at the printing house.

What this means is that we now have entered the final development stages of our comic book ‘About Us: Stories of Climate Change’. The authors – Frederik and Erlend – are working hard to complete the final maps, texts and drawings, including that from Brussels depicted above. We hope to be able to send the German version to our wonderful and patient crowdfunders soon. I mean, who does not want a climate comic book for Christmas? 😉

COVID-19 might have postponed COP 26 and challenged our lives, but one thing is nonetheless certain: the people in our book and around the world are still fighting for climate action. We are working days and nights to make sure their voices are heard.


The Scientific Basis

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, September 7, 2020.

[Left] Screenshot of the modeling of potential release areas for avalanches around Mt. Everest, and [Right] how this is used in the Nepal story of the book.

Did you know about the vast depth of science going into the stories in ‘About Us: Stories of Climate Change’?

Doing and having PhDs in geography and climate, respectively, the authors – Frederik and Erlend – do their utmost to make sure the book is founded on credible and updated science. The photos below show evidence of this.

The left photo shows how Frederik modeled the potential release areas for avalanches around Mt. Everest based on scientific literature studied by Erlend. The right photo displays how this is used in our Nepal story, where Jess learns about the consequences of climate change for the region’s Sherpas.

You can learn more about this in the explanatory text following each story in the book.


The New Normal

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, July 28, 2020.

Sketches of Jess’s passionate speech at the podium of the United Nations.

Having adapted to a new normal, many of us are ready for an alternative summer break, staying close to home. So too are we, Frederik and Erlend, but we also keep our comic project ‘About Us: Stories of Climate Change’ close to our heart.

Over the last months, we have worked productively from our home offices. The main character, Jess, has gotten new friends in our freshly illustrated Belgium story, while others have been moved by her passionate speech at the podium of the United Nations (sketches above).

Want to know and see more? Follow us in our social media channels (links below) as the book is coming to a completion. Its stories show that a new normal not only is needed but also viable, in which both human and planetary health thrive.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AboutUsClimate
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aboutusclimate/


Ups and Downs

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, March 28, 2020.

Screenshot [left] of the completed crowdfunding campaign at Startnext and [right] from the authors’ last Skype meeting. [Middle] An illustration of COVID-19.

The world is such a different place now compared to a month ago…

As the authors of About Us: Stories of Climate Change, Frederik and I (Erlend) feel for everyone affected by COVID-19. We are lucky to live in countries with well-functioning health care but know that this is far from the case for everyone. Hence, please take care of each other and listen to the scientific advices from the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) in these troubling times.

In times like these, plans get turned upside down. For our comic book, it is really not all that bad. We will continue as before, but with less focus on public attention now that this attention needs to be directed at tackling another crisis.

What this means is that we will still work to tackle the climate crisis. Since our last post, we completed a highly successful crowdfunding campaign for the German version of the book. Thank you again for this! We will therefore keep on working to complete this version so that we send the crowdfunding merch to each supporter in the early fall. The crowdfunding campaign for the English version, however, is put on hold until further notice.

This is truly a challenging time for us all. We want to thank you for your support in reaching our funding goal and ask you to continue supporting our global goals: slowed spreading of the virus and solidary actions for its most prone recipients.


We Are Funded!

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, February 24, 2020.

Screenshot of the crowdfunding campaign at Startnext.

We just hit the 2000€ funding goal for the German version of About Us: Stories of Climate Change! Thank you for your support!

What this means is not only that the comic book will be printed but also that Frederik and I (Erlend) can travel to the UN climate conference COP 26 in Glasgow, UK, in November. There, we can share the comic book with a wider audience, illustrating the various effects of climate change and what you and I can do about it.

The crowdfunding campaign is still running for another 24 days. If you want to get a copy of the German version and some merch, go to startnext.com/ueber-uns and choose your support level. An English version of the book is to be developed and announced later, so keep on following us here, on Facebook and on Instagram.


“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, February 6, 2020.

Frederik and Erlend in a conversation on stage at die wohngemeinschaft on February 6, 2020, in Colonge, Germany.

Oh, what a night!

On February 6, 2020, About Us: Stories of Climate Change faced its first public test as its authors, Frederik and I (Erlend), launched it at the hostel die wohngemeinschaft in Cologne, Germany. We were simply blown away by the wonderful feedback we received!

With all 69 chairs filled and the windowsills and door also occupied by the crowd, we cannot stress enough how grateful we were for your support. You gave us a night to remember, and it was therefore only deserved that we ended it by a duet on Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, immortalized by the no. 1 chick flick movie of the ’80s: Dirty Dancing.

Thank you all that came out and supported us! Your Jennifer & Patrick will forever remember it, and we hope you will too (for other reasons than bleeding ears).


Launch of the Book Project in Cologne!

By Erlend Moster Knudsen, February 6, 2020.

Screenshot from the kick-off event at die wohngemeinschaft on February 6, 2020, in Cologne, Germany.

On February 6, 2020, we will for the first time publicly tell the story about our main character, her journey across the world and how this is all about us. Having worked on this project since we first met in May 2017, Frederik and I (Erlend) are really excited about sharing our idea and hearing how it’s received.

The kick-off event will take place at the hostel die wohngemeinschaft in Cologne, Germany. You can find more details about it here.

Stop by if you are in the area and join us for a night of excitement, new perspectives and a lot of laughter!

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