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This final book in the Saving Planet Earthly series takes Earthly to Canada where she visits the northern home of Ava. Eagerly anticipating a traditional fish dinner Ava and Earthly soon learn that the new hydroelectric dam has polluted their food source. Ava's Mom explains that if the First Nations community had been consulted about this project they could have ensured its development would not threaten the livelihood of their people. Earthly and Ava realize that although the challenges of climate change affect people in different ways, youth can become a collective voice for solutions to Earthly's “illness” and restore her health for future generations.
The “Saving Planet Earthly” series of books informs Grade 2-5 students about how humans have contributed to climate change while describing the impacts of warming temperatures on ecosystem interactions, biodiversity, weather and ocean health. The social costs of a hotter world are explored from the context of wealth and how vulnerable populations who are contributing the least greenhouse gases to our atmosphere are affected the most.
The books present a positive vision for the future with an emphasis on strategies for reducing carbon emissions through sustainable consumption and alternative energy. The “Kids Can Change the World” story teaches young readers that they are the future of planet Earth. Youth will be empowered to become active global citizens by modeling “green” behaviours and promoting awareness of this serious environmental issue.
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