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Earthly travels to Australia where her friend Bindi takes her to the Great Barrier Reef. While walking along the seashore they encounter a group of biologists who are disentangling majestic sea turtles from fishing nets. Earthly and Bindi are introduced to the remarkable biodiversity of the reef and learn how animals and plants have developed adaptations to this unique environment. Upon learning that species loss is occurring at an alarming rate, Bindi and Earthly pledge to do all they can to share the message that we must all take action against pollution and climate change that threaten the world's ecosystems.
This story supports Science curriculum outcomes exploring habitats, adaptations, and biodiversity. Climate change and pollution are also connected to ecosystem interactions so students learn how the balance of a biological system can be disturbed by small environmental changes.
Conservation through action is a key theme and the book includes information about Earth friendly practices that can help reduce impacts on our natural world. These ideas can form the basis of a number of student-led initiatives to protect habitat in their local community. A class could plant a school pollinator garden, improve the riparian zone around a local stream with trees and shrubs or create a public awareness campaign about plastic waste in our oceans.
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