My name is Anna Cabré, and I am a climate physicist, ex-cosmologist, and mother, and I would also like to be a children's story writer, a soundtrack composer and a journalist.
This November (2019), I am going to Antarctica in a feminist expedition to change the world.
We are 100 women scientists, communicators, or in policy involved in the fight for a more sustainable planet. We also believe that more women are needed in leadership positions, deciding how we interact with the Earth, which is not in the best condition right now. Antarctica - a symbol of nature and peace, representing one of the last unspoilt frontiers, but at the same time fragile and clearly affected by climate change - will be the meeting point for thinking about solutions to the future we want and to communicate it to the rest of the world.
Being a mom is an essential part of my decision to participate in this initiative, since (my children) Pau and Fiona make me worry and take responsibility more than ever for the future we leave. But I'm worried I will not see them for 3 (and a half) weeks.
10 meters waves in Drake's passage? No...
Missing them? That scares me.
They will be fine and have lots of fun with papa.
But I have written this story to tell them what mamma is going to do in Antarctica, and even more important, what is mamma doing when she is not doing mamma things. And in the process, I also want to help break stereotypes of gender and talk about the world where we live in.
There I will meet with 100 other women as well as whales, penguins, seals, icebergs, who will teach me how to get to Antarctica and will ask for help because their ice world is getting hot, and the poor iceberg is about to disappear.
Mariona is drawing the story and is turning my "anticipated anxiety" into an illustrated story that surpasses all my expectations.
She is translating my vision, unfocused and in a "cartoon" form on still pages that seem to move with the small details that tell the story. And that is why I would like the story to get out there, so that many more children and adults can enjoy it.
I want to sell the book for €16, making it accessible to everyone and at the same time covering the printing and shipping costs (50-70% of the cost depending on the number), cover part (or all) of the cost of illustration, and if lots of you buy it, be able to cover part of the costs of the expedition to Antarctica.
I will be very grateful if you share this page in your social networks of choice!
About the rewards
Depending on your contribution you can get:
Printed story (English, Catalan, or Spanish), soft cover, with 12 pages open (open 560x190 mm.) It can be collected during a talk in Barcelona or shipping to Spain included, or with a higher amount with international shipping.
A postcard written personally by myself and sent from the Antarctica!
A selection of photographs taken in Antarctica of the real characters in the story (whales, seals, penguins, icebergs ...)
Or an in-person story-telling event, about 1 hour long, during which I will explain the story and talk about Antarctica. Only in Barcelona and around. Dates to be specified with the author.
Who we are
I am Anna Cabré, the story author and climate physicist. When I am not doing science I try to communicate the effects of climate change. Above all, I like to explain the importance of the oceans for planetary stability and as mitigators of climate change. I'm also very interested in educating about sustainability. All this is what I do when I'm not playing or running behind Pau and Fiona. Being a mother and a woman and a scientist is not easy. With this story I want to talk a bit about everything (maternity, sustainability, Antarctica, etc.), but above all I want children to learn to love everything that belongs to our planet before they get used to live without limits.
Mariona Tolosa Sisteré has illustrated the story and helped me connect the dots. She is a feminist and activist, like me, and that's why we clicked quickly. She is creating a magical world that I hope everyone can enjoy! Every time I see a new page, the only thing that comes out of my mouth is: wow, this is sooooo beautiful! perfect!
Where are your contributions allocated
With your contributions I will print the book, I will cover part (or all) of the costs of illustration, and I will cover shipping costs. If I can cover everything, the additional benefits will go to subsidize part of the expedition to Antarctica.
Timeline for publication/receipt
You will receive the book during (or earlier) February 2020, when I have returned from Antarctica.