Climate Action: The Future is in our Hands by Georgina Stevens; Illustrated by Katie Rewse

Climate Action: The Future is in our Hands by Georgina Stevens; Illustrated by Katie Rewse. 360 Degrees, 2021. 9781944530365

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover large format

What did you like about the book? Gorgeously illustrated, this book about the climate crisis is a comprehensive look at the causes and effects of climate change and how we can help reduce our personal impact. The book demystifies concepts like the greenhouse effect and various types of renewable energy using infographics, bright colors, and fun illustrations. Throughout the book, kid changemakers from around the world are profiled showing how they have adapted or made an impact in their community. In addition, there is a “What Can We Do?” section for most segments that have practical suggestions like taking shorter showers to save on electricity, collecting rainwater in your yard to combat heat waves, be careful when hiking in wetlands to protect flood defenses, etc

I love how this book explores the complexity of the climate crisis. For example, on the topic of deforestation, many different solutions are explored including drone seed machines, rewilding, and green walls. The extensive glossary at the end is useful for students just starting out in their climate education. The page on “How to Get Active” is probably my favorite, with tips on how to start an eco squad, join a strike, and talk to everyone you know about the climate crisis. In addition, the honest acknowledgement of the fear and anxiety that many feel about the climate crisis, is an important part of the end of this book (“What Next?”); readers are encouraged to use their personal gifts to take action in the way that makes the most sense for them. Overall, this is an impressive resource for understanding climate change.

Anything you did not like about the book? I wish there had been more in the book about the critical importance of contacting your legislators with concerns about the climate crisis. Much of the book is focused on changes individuals and groups can make, but the biggest changes need to be at the policy level.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Students interested in environmental activism and understanding the climate crisis would benefit best from this book.

Who should buy this book? Most elementary libraries and public libraries and some middle school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: August 29, 2021

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