Earth Squad: 50 People Who Are Saving the Planet

Running Pr. Mar. 2021. 160p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780762499212.
Gr 6 Up–This collection of environmental warriors spans all age groups and includes figures from 1819 to the present. Big names such as actor Mark Ruffalo, who portrays the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and teenage activist Greta Thunberg are just two of the 50 inspiring people in this book who have worked or are working to bring current climate action to the forefront of readers’ thoughts. Each biography includes ideas for how readers could be more like the spotlighted individual to help make the world and the environment better. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and are limited to pictures of each individual. The background of each portrait has a design that is associated with them in some way, such as a landscape or the specific reason why they have made headlines. Included at the end of the book is a four-page glossary that explains several environmental terms that readers might not know or might find confusing. The organization of the bite-sized biographies seems fairly random within each section, but they are organized by their general area of work and the page edges have a color to distinguish each section. The table of contents outlines the areas of work that are included: Activism and Community, Science, Politics, Food, Art and Innovation, and Journalism.
VERDICT Highly recommended for any library, particularly in communities where climate science is especially relevant. Budding environmental activists will be inspired to take action.

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