Australian cartoonist Stuart McMillen, a Canberra-based science communicator, has released a new 36-page comic about climate change.
Hitler Denial has been created to bring the subject of climate change to the fore, ahead of the Paris climate summit in December 2015.
Writing in the first of two blog posts on the latest cartoon, McMillen explained why he set the comic in the time of World War II: “Today, when imagining a response to stop climate change, we view the possibilities through the same fog as the 1938 person contemplating whether Britain will ever act to stop Hitler.
“From our vantage point in history, in 2015, it is inconceivable that world leaders will act to meaningfully curtail CO2 emissions. The current proposals are so limp, that they essentially allow business as usual to continue. Stopping Hitler was once inconceivable also. And then, suddenly, we were fighting him.”
“My hope is that once the ‘dam’ of denial bursts, like British people at the dawn of World War II, we will suddenly find our society’s efforts being re-routed into solutions that combat CO2 emissions.”
The cartoonist told The Fifth Estate that the comic aims to be a “hopeful piece that… inspire[s] readers to see that it is not inevitable that we will fail to act on climate change”.
He continued: “Even though it currently looks as though our world leaders are stubbornly refusing to cut CO2 emissions, this attitude can change. I used the World War II analogy to demonstrate how a major industrialised civilisation redirected its efforts to defeat an existential threat.”
Visit Stuart McMillen’s website to view the whole comic.