Taking on the Plastics Crisis

Penguin Workshop. (Pocket Change Collective). Oct. 2020. 64p. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780593223338.
Gr 7 Up–This title aims to inspire teens and preteens to make changes that will significantly reduce the use of plastics in their personal lives, in their communities, and beyond. Testa, an American teen of Indian descent from Cumming, GA, is a sustainability advocate, international speaker, and founder of the nonprofit Hannah4Change. Testa writes with passion about the specific actions that she and other young people have taken to reduce plastics use and repair environmental damages. The result is a blueprint that readers can use to immediately curtail and eventually eliminate single-use plastics from their own lives and their communities. This very succinct volume doesn’t include a table of contents, a glossary, or recommended further reading.
VERDICT This pep talk on a pressing environmental issue showcases science, suggestions for community organizing and leadership, and compelling motivation to make a difference. Recommended for junior high and high school nonfiction collections.

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