In 2017 Christmas, CHANGE released a funny comic called “The Santa Claus Missing” to give assumptions related to grave effects of climate change on fiction character “Santa Claus”. This comic would enhance the awareness of the public about climate change as well as raise voice to act together to adapt and slow these effects in the future.
Christmas is not a traditional Vietnamese occasion, but the beauty of Santa Claus, with a white beard and red warming clothes, riding reindeer to give presents in Christmas night, has always been the great memory of almost Vietnamese since their childhood. To illustrate his misery in “Climate Change” age, CHANGE started this story with a situation, when winter is gradually less cold and sea ice at both the poles is now melting.
“The Santa Claus Missing” is not only funny but also objective, which delivers the practical message that climate change impacts on our daily life and both material and spiritual poverty in a significant way. Consequently, we have to act to spread this meaningful message on Christmas Day. This comic is a set of 8 colorful pictures, which has the first and last pictures to introduce and give the message respectively, and another 6 pictures to explain the reason why Santa Claus was missed due to climate change.
Picture One: Santa Claus came on Halloween Day instead of Christmas Day, by dint of unpredictable weather caused by climate change when winter happened sooner than usual, beginning with the snow falling in the last of October. He then assumed that Christmas already came and was excited to give the presents to children. However, when he came, he just realized that it was Halloween Festival and no one knew who he was.
Picture Two: Santa Claus was missed because he did not ride reindeers.
Climate Change leads to global warming, sea ice melting and sea rise level increasing and then some cities flooded so reindeers were also missing. He had to ride the seal instead but no one recognized him with his new transport.
Picture Three: Santa Claus was missed because he did not have a white beard, red clothes and also paunchy.
His beard stopped growing because the earth was warmer and the weather was tougher. Therefore, no one recognized him and he then got a new job to make a living by using his singing voice to raise awareness about “Climate Change”.
Picture Four: Santa Claus was missed because he slid down the coal-fired power factory’s chimney.
Due to the significant increase of coal factories, Santa Claus could not distinguish their chimneys from houses’ chimneys and it put him in danger then no one received his presents.
Picture Five: Santa Claus was missed because “Climate Change” altered his genes to adapt to this situation.
Climate change in general and living environment pollution in specific altered animals’ genes to adapt living new conditions and so did Santa Claus. In detail, his legs transferred to fishtail to ably swim in saturated areas. Unfortunately, no one could recognize him in the new appearance.
Picture Six: Santa Claus was missed because he came in the morning and rode the bicycle for environmental protection.
Traveling by bicycle, Santa Clause would be one of the pioneers of environmental protection movement to resolve these problems caused by climate change. However, children felt distant with his new appearance when he rode the bicycle to give presents.