Old enough to save the planet by Loll Kirby

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Illustrated by Adelina Lirius. Magic Cat Publishing, 2020. ISBN: 9781916180529.
(Age: 8-13) Highly recommended. Old enough to save the planet by Loll Kirby is a thoughtfully presented non-fiction book which clearly gives an easy and understandable insight into many aspects that are contributing to climate change. Each of the twelve child activists have chosen a different facet of climate change to focus on and through their efforts encourage other children and adults to be aware of pressing issues which can be addressed in very simple and worthwhile ways. Three of the activists include Himangi from India who is a campaigner for reducing the effects of traffic pollution outside her school, Eunita from Kenya who is the founder of a community garden that promotes the natural process of pollination, as well as Shalise from Australia who protects the ocean by cleaning up human pollution from the shore.
Each activist has a double page spread which gives a brief introduction to the issue and how they are working to help solve the problem. The detailed and beautifully drawn illustrations by Adelina Lirius are interspersed with relevant and interesting facts. In the final pages of the book is information about how you can help to save the planet as well as ten things you can do to make your voice heard.
This is an important book that may inspire more children to follow in the footsteps of these young climate change activists. A great resource for teachers with the opportunity to do further research on this very significant and serious topic. Themes: Child activists, Climate change, Environmental issues, Conservation, Sustainability, Working together.
Kathryn Beilby