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The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warmingby Laurie David and Cambria Gordon
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Irreverent and entertaining, Down to Earth is filled with fact about global warming and its disastrous consequences, loads of photos and illustrations, as well as suggestions for how kids can help combat global warming in their homes, schools, and communities. Engagingly designed, Down to Earth will educate and empower, leaving readers with the knowledge they need to understand this problem and a sense of hope to inspire them into action.
"'Eco-activist David, a producer of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and former copywriter Gordon pool their energies in this upbeat and articulate book. The authors estimate that 1.2 billion kids between the ages of eight and sixteen live on Earth, each contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. 'Your carbon footprint comes from normal, everyday activities like using your computer, turning on the light in your bedroom, taking a bath (heating water uses energy!), and riding in a bus or car to school.' But rather than play the blame game, the book examines the climate crisis and recommends taking action by recycling, carpooling, starting 'no-waste' policies in cafeterias (watch those juice boxes) and monitoring the efficiency of home and school appliances — things a young reader can do right away. Kid-friendly analogies, surprising statistics and punchy sidebars enable readers to reflect on scientific evidence. David and Gordon compare oceans to 'carbon sponges,' the atmosphere to a jam-packed 'bedroom closet' and forests and soils to a 'piggy bank' that stores carbon dioxide. Dynamic layouts and abundant illustrations and photos enliven the passionate words — lush, full-bleed photographs emphasize the high stakes by portraying both the splendor of the natural world and the devastating effects of climate change. Printed in soy ink on recycled paper, this engaging and accessible guide, ideal as a gift or book-club option, inspires commitment to the planet. Ages 8-up. (Sept.)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"A glimpse at exciting developments in alternative fuel and energy technologies and youth initiatives round out the wide-ranging text." Booklist
"An extensive list of recommended reading in the way of books, articles, and Web sites is included. An appealing title for reports and for general readers." School Library Journal
"I've never seen a more comprehensive explanation of the phenomenon in so few words...they make the science relevant and enjoyable with abundant visuals and conclude with some meaty ways for kids to make a difference." New York Times
David, the Oscar)-winning producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," and author Gordon have teamed up for this powerful book filled with facts about global warming and its disastrous consequences plus suggestions on how kids can help combat global warming in their homes, schools, and communities. Full color.
About the Author
Laurie David is devoted to stopping global warming. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and has produced several projects, including Al Gore's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and the TBS documentary, EARTH TO AMERICA!
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