Urgent message from a hot planet Navigating the climate crisis

Ann Eriksson, 1956-

Book - 2022

"This nonfiction book for teens outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of people from around the world working tirelessly to help the planet."--

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Series
Orca issues.
Subjects
Genres
Young adult nonfiction
Published
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
206 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Issued also in electronic formats
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781459826328
1459826329
Main Author
Ann Eriksson, 1956- (author)
Other Authors
Belle Wuthrich, 1989- (illustrator)
  • Introduction
  • 1. Global heating 101 : a global science primer
  • 2. Climate changed : the consequences of global healing
  • 3. How we got here : the root causes of the climate crisis
  • 4. Changemakers and climate heroes
  • 5. What now? : solutions to the climate crisis
  • 6. What if...just in case : how to live in a changing and uncertain world
  • A final word from the author.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Rather than employ the oft-used term climate change, Eriksson calls out this global impact for what it is: a climate crisis. In this comprehensive overview, she also doesn't shy away from the truth: "It's real. It's now. It's bad." Beginning with an introduction to global heating and climate science, the text features longer chapters comprised of short sections for easier comprehension. It progresses to a detailed look at the consequences of global heating and the causes of the climate crisis, with an emphasis on ecological destruction and inequity, particularly of marginalized people. The author's personal reflections, writings and art by concerned teens, photos that reflect both the climate crisis and activists in action, and brightly colored graphics add to the accessibility and relevancy. To alleviate any mounting eco-anxiety and counter the doom-and-gloom subject matter, Eriksson dedicates the last chapters to changemakers (including numerous Indigenous youth activists and Indigenous-led organizations), overarching solutions to the climate crisis, and ways ordinary citizens can make a difference. For young readers who want a deeper understanding of the climate crisis. Grades 6-9. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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. Reccomended for teens looking for facts about climate change or for those who understand the consequences already and are committed to environmental activism.—Rachel Mulligan Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"This nonfiction book for teens outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of people from around the world working tirelessly to help the planet"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The climate crisis is the issue of our time.Scientists have warned for over 100 years that burning fossil fuels and destroying nature will warm the earth's atmosphere and affect the climate in adverse ways: more severe and intense storms, prolonged heat waves, drought, flooding, wildfires, rising sea levels and ocean acidification.Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of youth and adult allies from around the world working tirelessly to make a difference. Their powerful message: do something now!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This nonfiction book for teens outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of people from around the world working tirelessly to help the planet.