Climate action What happened and what we can do

Seymour Simon

Book - 2021

Everyone is affected by climate change. Reading Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do is the perfect introduction not only to the dramatic effects of climate change, but to the solutions. Learn how our behavior and actions have led us to this point, hear from kids around the world dealing with extreme storms, wildfires, and sea level rise, and discover what scientists, youth activists, and ordinary citizens are doing to protect their communities.

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Genres
Instructional and educational works
Illustrated works
Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
44 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Audience
Ages 6-10.
ISBN
9780062943316
0062943316
9780062943309
0062943308
Main Author
Seymour Simon (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Simon packs a lot of information into this primer on climate change and environmental activism, wherein he offsets grim realities—many tied to global warming—with a message of hope aimed at today's youth. The colorful, magazine-style layout is punctuated by photos of natural disasters and extreme weather events, quotes from and photos of young activists around the world, and informational flowcharts and lists. Simon starts with a discussion of climate change versus global warming and greenhouse gases, pointing firmly toward the science that says these things are real and that humans are responsible. The text then naturally segues into the effects of climate change, such as droughts, wildfires, and floods, not to mention sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and wildlife destruction. These are heavy topics, but nearly every one ends with steps the reader can take to help conserve natural spaces and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (turning out lights, composting, etc.) and solutions scientists and engineers are currently working on. A comprehensive overview of a global crisis underscored by urgency and hope. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Science expert Simon returns in this adept picture book, which centers the causes and effects of the climate crisis, humankind's role, and the youth activism taking place during a time of unprecedented levels of climate change. Informative but easy-to-understand sections detailing how humans are causing the crisis are immediately followed by ways in which readers can be part of the solution. Peppered throughout are features of notable youth activists, including Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg, as well as figures who have become involved in climate activism after facing wildfires, drought, deforestation, and other consequences of the climate crisis. Photographs, diagrams, and a glossary aid in explaining scientific concepts and in conveying the disaster humans face through inaction. A straightforward yet cogent primer. Ages 6–10. (Feb.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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.—Christina Salazar, Mesquite I.S.D., TX Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Meet the young activists who are using their voices and minds to fight climate change. Did you know that the past five years have been the hottest ever recorded? Or that over seven million people participated in the global Climate Strike? We're facing a very real problem, but there's hope. Everyone is affected by climate change. Reading Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do is the perfect introduction not only to the dramatic effects of climate change, but to the solutions. Learn how our behavior and actions have led us to this point, hear from kids around the world dealing with extreme storms, wildfires, and sea level rise, and discover what scientists, youth activists, and ordinary citizens are doing to protect their communities. Divided into eight sections for easy browsing and with over fifty photographs, captions, charts, and graphs, this nonfiction book is an excellent choice to share in the classroom and for homeschooling for kids ages 6 and up.  Also includes a glossary to supplement the text, author's note, and index. Climate Action is the latest of Seymour Simon's nonfiction science books. His books are regularly honored by the National Science Teacher's Association. 

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Meet the young activists who are using their voices and minds to fight climate change.

Did you know that the past five years have been the hottest ever recorded? Or that over seven million people participated in the global Climate Strike? We’re facing a very real problem, but there’s hope.

Everyone is affected by climate change. Reading Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do is the perfect introduction not only to the dramatic effects of climate change, but to the solutions. Learn how our behavior and actions have led us to this point, hear from kids around the world dealing with extreme storms, wildfires, and sea level rise, and discover what scientists, youth activists, and ordinary citizens are doing to protect their communities.

Divided into eight sections for easy browsing and with over fifty photographs, captions, charts, and graphs, this nonfiction book is an excellent choice to share in the classroom and for homeschooling for kids ages 6 and up. 

Also includes a glossary to supplement the text, author’s note, and index.

Climate Action is the latest of Seymour Simon’s nonfiction science books. His books are regularly honored by the National Science Teacher's Association.