Climate Action: The Future Is in Our Hands

by Georgina Stevens (Author) Katie Rewse (Illustrator)

Climate Action: The Future Is in Our Hands
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Our planet needs us. And we need our planet. Learn about how climate change is affecting our world, explore the impact that humans have on the planet, and read about innovative ideas for tackling climate breakdown.

In this book about climate change, we share the facts. But we also share hope.

Learn about the causes of climate change and how it is affecting our world. Explore the human impact and what it means to have a carbon footprint. Read about innovative ideas for tackling climate breakdown. Be inspired by the positive stories from young people effecting change all around the globe. Get tips on the things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, and discover many different ways to take action. Our planet needs us. And we need our planet.

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6--Sustainability advisor, writer, and campaigner Stevens's insightful text is accompanied by Rewse's lovely illustrations in this nonfiction book about climate change. It is laid out in four sections: Causes, Effect, Our Part, and Inspiration. Within each section are spreads with vibrant art paired with an overview of the topic, short paragraphs, fun facts, and spotlight profiles of Changemakers, often children, who have taken steps to make positive changes in the world. Topics like "Energy" gives readers the pros and cons for each alternative to fossil fuels, while the "Inspiration" chapter offers ideas for careers that kids can pursue if they want to work to protect the environment. Stevens explains the science behind the causes and effects of climate change in simple, easy-to-understand terms. There is a table of contents detailing each section and topic, plus an extensive glossary in the back matter. The format and bright illustrations make it easy to read and welcoming to reluctant readers; it would pique a child's interest to learn more about the subject. However, the short sections and word bubble facts could make it difficult to use as a source for children doing research. VERDICT A good addition for large collections. Put in the hands of kids interested in nature, conservation, and the environment.--Kristin Williamson, Metropolitan Lib. Syst., OK

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This title provides elementary students with the information, tools, and resources needed to become young activists for the environment. In the Foreword, author Georgina Stevens explains what led her to be so passionate about the environment. Vibrant artwork ac­companies a thorough explanation of the many caus­es of climate change, both natural and human. Each illustrated page provides statistics, scientific terminol­ogy and definitions, and useful information for readers to help them understand what steps and actions can be taken now to help reduce our carbon footprint on Earth in the future. The emphasis is always on the fact that small changes have a meaningful impact. The book goes on to examine the many ways in which the Earth is changing due to the climate. Young change­makers are highlighted throughout the text in sidebars as inspiration for readers, and inspirational leaders and green energy professions are highlighted as well. Finally, practical ideas are presented to help readers make meaningful changes with lasting impact. This book provides an extensive introduction to the topic of climate change and leaves its young readers with a call to action to be changemakers in their own com­munities. Glossary. — School Library Connection
Georgina Stevens
Georgina Stevens is a sustainability writer, advisor and campaigner. She is a big believer that each of us has the power to make seismic changes in our world, and she has organized many Be The Change events to help plant the seeds of inspiration in this direction. Her favorite things are walking with her dogs, forest bathing, and planting things with her son, Rafael.

Katie Rewse graduated with a Masters Degree in Illustration from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2017. While studying, Katie was longlisted in the House of Illustration and Folio Society Book Competition, and shortlisted for the Batsford Prize. She continues to live and work in Bournemouth. When she is not busy drawing, Katie enjoys exploring the coast with her husband in their camper van.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
360 Degrees
Publication date
July 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF037080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Weather
JNF071000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Activism & Volunteering
Library of Congress categories
Environmental protection
Effect of human beings on
Climatic changes
Global warming
Citizen participation

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