The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming (Laurie David, Cambria Gordon)

By , September 19, 2007 9:25 pm

I can’t write this one as a traditional “review” since it is a bit premature. I only just heard about this book today, and obviously have not yet read it.

On NPR this morning, there was an interview with Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, the authors of The Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming. The authors are apparently the producers of Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

This book is a guide to global warming aimed at children (according to Amazon, ages 9-12). The NPR interview says the book features kid-friendly science to explain the phenomenon, and has ideas for what kids can do to help combating global warming.

Ms. David and Ms. Gordon explain that they are attempting to reach children while they are young, and create a shift in their consciousness. They want to teach children to think about how their daily activities affect global warming. They give the example of going to the mall and coming home with five different plastic (petroleum-based) bags. Why not take a reusable canvas bag to the mall?

Water bottles are another example of the change in thinking that the authors hope to pass along to young readers. According to the authors, 2.5 million water bottles PER HOUR go in the trash. Why not carry your own refillable water bottle? (For more on bottled water, please check out my post “Unplug Your Water“).

They also suggest starting a “Green Team” at school to reduce school lunch waste or enact a “no-idle” rule in the drop-off lane.

This book relies on the power of “kids with a cause.” No one will be more likely to reprimand parents on their choice of paper towels or light bulbs than an informed child. So…beware! If you have your children read this book, be prepared to hear criticism of your personal habits until you make them “greener!”

Hear the interview here (3 minutes, 42 seconds).

3 Responses to “The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming (Laurie David, Cambria Gordon)”

  1. amanda says:

    Hmmm . . .this sounds like a neat book. I really try to stay away from “kids, YOU have to SAVE THE WORLD!!” kind of stuff, focusing more on nature appreciation during the tender years, instead of what we were bombarded with: endangered species, acid rain, clear-cutting rainforests, toxic waste–oy! It’s a lot for a kid, maybe more likely to make them feel sad and powerless than to inspire love of the earth.
    However, many of our (generally speaking) daily habits do need to be changed, and we might as well start ’em young with mindful living. I’ve been looking for books that deliver that message without a lot of doom-and-gloom. I’ll be sure to check this one out, it looks like a great balance. Thanks for the links!

  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    You make an excellent point Amanda. I have to say that I agree with you about avoiding the doom-and-gloom and focusing instead on the positive. It sounds like this book is more about instilling positive habits than creating fear. But, I as I said in my post, I haven’t read it yet so I could be quite wrong! Has anyone out there read it yet?

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