Alan J. Hesse

Freelance Conservationist, author-illustrator, environmental and climate education entrepreneur, Captain Polo Academy

About Alan J. Hesse

My conservation career started in 1992 when I helped set up and joined a University expedition to the Bolivian Amazon. What started out as a 3-month experience ended up being a life-changing inflection point that set my professional and personal course to the present day. My conservation experience was built bottom-up and hands-on, and includes field data collection and logistics, grassroots organization leadership and project management, community engagement and capacity building, M&E, training and behavior change, and lately climate education through authorship of graphic novels and other resources. 

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Behaviour change campaigns Communication and marketing Education & training Land/Water Management Monitoring and evaluation Other Project/programme management Research Species Management

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6 Individual actions for climate and sustainability

Authors & Educators on a Mission discuss the top individual climate actions that everyone can consider taking.

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Nov 25, 2023
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Thanks for sharing Alan, hope you are well and great to see you back & active in our community! 

Would you perhaps be able to share about an interesting case study in your next lessons learned post that puts your above insights into context? I would love to learn more from you and I think others members would like to too :) 

Thanks Thirza! It is good to be back. I will gladly do as you ask. Let me give it some thought. 

Nov 22, 2023

Hi @Isabel Tostes Ribeiro thanks for sharing this paper, it's great to see more behaviour change material on WildHub! I noted with interest your conclusions that there was no real difference between merely providing information vs information + behavioural nudge. I have long worked with the application of social marketing as a tool for conservation behaviour change and seen that effecting lasting change is a lot harder than we all think! I'd love to have a chat about all this if ever you are interested. Meanwhile perhaps you can check out the area of my website dedicated to training on social marketing: 

Jan 11, 2023

A bit late perhaps but congratulations @Flavia Martinelli on being a WH Connector! 

Jan 11, 2023

Thanks for sharing this resource @Flavia Martinelli. I had come across it before and I believe it is a rare example of fact-based storytelling that truly reflects Global South perspectives. I too create graphic novels about climate change and in fact I'm working on my 5th one right now, which is 100% focused on Brazil. If interested I'd love to run it past you at some point!  

Dec 14, 2022
Replying to Lize Gibson-Hall

Note: Due to the UK leaving British Summer Time please double check your time zone is accurate. I have checked on the internet but just to be sure!

5pm GMT Margate/London/Wiltshire, UK @Jack Cole @Douglas Houston                 @Emily Rampling @Camille Burton Belfast, UK  ,  

6pm Abuja, Nigeria  and  Yaoundé, Cameroon   and   Madrid, Spain    Germany  Sweden  @Malin Johansson France @Natalia Rożniewska 

7pm Lusaka, Zambia  ,  Gaborone, Botswana  Harare, Zimbabwe  South Africa   Lusaka, Zambia  ,  

8pm Mji Mkongwe, Zanzibar  Dar es Salaam  and  Nairobi, Kenya   and  and  

10PM Pakistan @Ufaq Manzar 

10:30PM New Delhi, India  ,  , and  

9AM Santa Cruz, USA  

11AM Costa Rica,  

12PM Quito, Ecuador   Belmopan, Belize  Washington D. C., USA  

2PM Brasilia, Brazil  OH, USA  Nova Scotia, Canada  

Thank you Lize for going the extra mile calculating the time zones! Very good practice. See you all there. 

Nov 14, 2022

Hi @Mitchell Rae pleased to meet you and congratulations for this event! Unfortunately for some reason it slipped under my radar but I'd love to know how it went. I too dedicate my efforts to communicating about climate and nature in ways that are engaging, effective and positive. Hopefully we can meet at one of the WH Socials some time to chat further. 

Oct 26, 2022

Thanks for posting Lize and to both you and Lara for setting this up! Looking forward to the next Art Social! 

Oct 19, 2022

Thanks for this fantastic learning opportunity, @Giuseppe Forestieri - I'll be there! 


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