melting ice-caps, rising seas… concepts that used to be the domain of disaster movies, are now daily news staples. For many adults, the overwhelming nature of climate change issue can have a debilitating affect, leaving us feeling helpless and powerless.
For children, however, awareness of the effects of climate change can have a much darker effect, causing confusion, anxiety, and fear.
This fact is the inspiration behind a new climate change children’s book by renowned US climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, and Australian writer and illustrator, Megan Herbert.
Mann and Herbert met in Reykjavik in 2013 at the 101 Earth summit, which brought together storytellers and climate scientists to spark projects informing the public about climate change. It was there that they decided to create a book for children that would not only entertain kids and inform them about the science of climate change, but empower them to act. Empowerment is a great antidote to fear.
They decided to launch the book on popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, so that they could control the production and delivery process to make the book completely carbon neutral.
After just 5 days, the funding goal was reached, but the campaign is running until November 11, 2017. Backers can choose to pledge for a number of ‘rewards’, including eBook and hardcopy versions of the book, a climate change action plan, or even the chance to have their child’s name immortalized in the book in the World Saving Heroes’ Hall of Fame.
High-profile support for the venture from some heavy-hitting celebrity environmentalists, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Klein, Morgan Fairchild, and Bill McKibben, to name just a few, has put the spotlight on the book. It’s also come to the attention of right-wing publication Breitbart, which, given its stance of climate change denialism, was unimpressed by the publication. The creators say they’re choosing to wear that as a badge of honor.
To make a pledge and secure a copy of the book, visit the campaign page.
This is a guest post written by Megan Herbert.
Megan Herbert is an Australian writer and illustrator with over twenty years of published work to her name. She’s written for film and television, illustrated scores of books and articles, and has devoted the last 5 years to writing and illustrating children’s books.