The temperature of the atmosphere on TellUs averages about +20 C, which is the approximate temperature that most Tellurians prefer inside their dwellings. The range of temperatures is quite small. Even in the most extreme places the temperature seldom rises above +45 or below –45, so you from Pondera would be quite comfortable there. TellUs has an unusual amount of water, also important to the life forms that live there. Nearly two thirds of the planet’s surface is covered with water. Space travellers often call it “the blue planet”. History of TellUs and its life forms. TellUs has circled Sol about 4.6 billion times (that’s 4 600 000 000 times). As usual it had a period without life. First to
come –about 3.5 billion revolutions ago – were bacteria, and they are still the most important life form. Insects arrived about 0.4 billion revolutions ago. You will be communicating with a very new life form, Tellurians or Earthlings; only 200 000 revolutions old. They are mammals with intelligence and social structures, including families and schools. Like many young, mobile life forms they are having trouble balancing their use of resources with the capacity of their planet to produce them. They are the life form causing the imbalance of the whole planet. In fact, there is a risk that they will not survive for another million revolutions. Or even a thousand. Questions and answers about TellUs.
5.4 The mission Workshop participants are asked to imagine that they are citizens of Pondera. They have been specially chosen to communicate with the planet earth, or TellUs, which is still experiencing some difficulties in achieving sustainability. The suggestion is that they will start by communicating through comics. Their task is to write and draw about a ‘hero’s jour-
ney’ towards sustainability: how it came about on Pondera. It can be the story of one person’s private search for a more sustainable way of living, or it can be an epic story involving the whole planet. This mission is the background to the workshop process, and is used to critique the stories as they develop.
A guide for leaders of workshops for comics for sustainable development