Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do

HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2021. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780062943316; pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780062943309.
Gr 2-6–This title explains the science of climate change and profiles young activists from around the world. Following the author’s note, the introduction spotlights Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who stresses how individuals and collective groups can make an impact. This is perhaps the book’s most important takeaway: Each person makes a difference, and each choice makes a difference. The featured youth climate activists come from diverse backgrounds and include Indigenous people, who are represented as powerful agents of change. The activists’ own words are quoted and highlighted prominently, reinforcing the idea that young people have agency in their world and its future. Each colorful page is well designed, with many photos and images throughout. Practical tips are offered, enabling readers to enact immediate change. This title is useful for environmental science courses and could also be implemented in biology courses during units on the carbon cycle or environmental change. The back matter contains a glossary, recommended reading, and an index.
VERDICT A timely work that makes use of bright pages and accessible tips to engage students and motivate them to enact change in their communities. Recommended.

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