As a grandmother of three I am always looking for books to read with them that will teach about kindness to the planet and to others. I personally find nonfiction difficult to read ( it puts me to sleep ) so I am always looking for good recommendations for myself. Here are two book suggestions (one for children and one for adults) I think are great choices with important, positive messages about climate change. Happy reading!
by Aiden Adams
This book is a delightful adventure. Baby fish is very sick. He is too hot. Sister fish texts the Race Fish ( these are our superhero’s) to come quickly. The Race Fish come and determine squid must be found because he knows why baby fish is too hot. The Race Fish go all over the globe to find squid. When they find him it becomes apparent he has turned off the filters and the ocean has become hot and dirty. Fixing the ocean is the only way to help baby fish.
This book is fun and an opportunity to discuss how climate change is affecting the ocean
We Are The Weather
Saving the planet begins at breakfast
by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book starts by reminding us about the sacrifices made during World War II. The war seemed “ over there” yet we as a nation pulled together. One example being the construction of a liberty ship with 250,000 parts in 4 1/2 days. We think of climate change as being somewhere else. Superstorms, floods and wildfires seem complex. Somehow we need to mobilize. We want to help but don’t know where to start. Do we plant trees, get a hybrid or electric car, or put solar panels on our house. A wave at a baseball game starts with one person or group and so can sustainability.
This book is about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. A report from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations claims that animal agriculture causes 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The author states we can do the most for our planet by eating meat/ animal products at just one meal a day. For example bacon for breakfast, a burger for lunch and chicken for dinner actually is contributing to global warming. As livestock digest food they produce methane. If cows were a country they would rank third in greenhouse gas emissions after China and the U.S.
This is a very interesting read and makes one feel hopeful that there are things we can all do for our planet.
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