Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis

Orca. (Orca Issues). Jan. 2022. 216p. pap. $26.95. ISBN 9781459826328.
Gr 8 Up–Canadian biologist and writer Eriksson applies her scientific knowledge and careful research, including references to international programs, experts, and youth activists from around the world, to define the global climate crisis and expressively promote a resounding call to action. Filled with vital information and sobering perspectives about the human causes and multifaceted, worldwide consequences of the climate crisis, Eriksson’s book connects readers with threads from scientific, economic, environmental, and sociological fields of knowledge. It explains the current state of the Earth and the impact that present and future action, as well as inaction, has on climate change. The author’s invested, first-person narrative voice both prompts and steadies readers’ immersion into these complexities, and they will linger over the illuminating, relatable stories and works by teen environmental activists. A unique segment of the book includes content that seeks to reassure readers who may carry a sense of restless helplessness in the face of the crisis, with a proactive outlook that knowledge is power. There is also an emphasis on community participation and a revived respect for nature as an integral step to invoking meaningful solutions to cope with and resolve this ever-present, global change. The text includes photographs and diverse illustrated characters, a few very clear infographics, a glossary, lists of print and online resources, photo credits, and an index.
VERDICT A compelling call to action, with equally compassionate advice for those who view the crisis with despair, this book offers clear-cut explanations and international perspectives that will prove eye-opening. Recommended for teens looking for facts about climate change or for those who understand the consequences already and are committed to environmental activism.

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