Review By JENNIFER GANNETT
Oil spills. Climate change. Polluted oceans, rivers, lakes, bays and watersheds. Environmental justice concerns. Drought. Famine. Collapse of global fisheries stocks. Factory farming. Sometimes it feels like despite our best efforts and intentions, we’ve devolved into one big environmental catastrophe from which there is no escape. This is especially concerning when we have some youngsters underfoot. This is the world we’re handing over to our kids? Well, no! Or, not if the people profiled in Heroes of the Environment have any say in the matter.
Harriet Rohmer has authored an inspirational and hopeful book highlighting very positive changes that smart, interesting people are making to solve some of our planet’s most pressing problems. Profiling the likes of urban food advocate Will Allen, teen e-waste expert Alex Lin, environmental activist Erica Fernandez and many more inspiring folks, this is a stirring and encouraging volume to share with young folks in your life. I appreciate the profiles of citizens who stepped out of the comfort zones of their daily lives to speak out about and, more importantly, take action to solve eco-problems. The people profiled are not presented as rarified scientists, policy wonks or academics but kids and adults who pursued a passion that clicked for them. I also like that the people profiled represent a variety of ages and backgrounds—reminding us that we all need to pull together to accomplish our collective goal of living on a healthier planet.
This book is an insightful read and explains complex concepts in a clear manner. Importantly, it illustrates how powerful both individuals and communities can be. The well-written profiles coalesce together nicely to make Heroes of the Environment an excellent read.
I recommend this interesting and inspiring book for ages 8 and up.