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Saving Earth: Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future

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A timely and inspiring nonfiction guide for middle grade readers about the history of our fight against climate change, and how young people today are rising to action.

Inspired by Nathaniel Rich’s Losing Earth: A Recent History, the acclaimed book that grew out of an August 2018 issue of the New York Times Magazine solely dedicated to it, Saving Earth tells the human story of the climate change conversation from the recent past into the present day. It wrestles with the long shadow of our failures, what might be ahead for today’s generation, and crucial questions of how we understand the world we live in—and how we can work together to change the outlook for the better.

Written by acclaimed author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and enlivened with illustrations from Tim Foley, and filled with the voices of climate activists from the past and present, this book is both a call to action and a riveting dramatic history.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

ISBN-13: 9780374313050

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 04-05-2022

Pages: 240

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan). She is also the editor of the We Need Diverse Books anthology The Hero Next Door. She lives in New York City with her family. Tim Foley has illustrated many books, including Ben Thompson and Erik Slader's Epic Fails history series. Tim lives and works in Grand Rapids with his wife, Terri. Nathaniel Rich is the author of numerous novels, and his essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Daily Beast. He lives in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Introduction Nathaniel Rich viii

Part I Where We Are

Chapter 1 Letting Old Habits Die, Hard 2

Chapter 2 What Is Climate Change, and Where Did It Come From? 14

Chapter 3 No Justice, No Peace 34

Part II Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness

Chapter 4 A History of Protest 45

Chapter 5 Sounding the Alarm 58

Chapter 6 On the Brink 67

Chapter 7 From Reaction to No Action 77

Chapter 8 A Hole in the Sky Changes Everything 85

Chapter 9 Running Out of Time 90

Chapter 10 Pushback 99

Chapter 11 Missed Opportunity 110

Part III Handling the Truth

Chapter 12 That Was Then, This Is Now (And Then) 118

Chapter 13 Time for Change 135

Chapter 14 The Climate Justice Movement 156

Chapter 15 Tomorrow People 169

Chapter 16 Give Light, and People Will Find a Way 185

Notes 201

Recommended Resources 219

Acknowledgments 223

Index 225