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This Book Will Save The Planet

Authored by Dany Sigwalt
Illustrated by Aurélia Durand
Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

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This vibrantly illustrated book is a rousing exploration of the impact of the climate crisis.

It discusses many topics in its short and to the point chapters such as:

  • Identifying the causes and societal systems that led to climate change
  • How we can fight for a climate-just planet
  • How we can be allies to the most vulnerable people (and animals) impacted by climate change.

With this book, children and adults alike, are sure to gain a deeper understanding of climate change, climate justice and climate resiliency. Dany Sigwalt, in an open and honest way, delivers important messages about the current state of our planet. She shares many systems which underpin our society and have a negative impact on our climate. As concerning as this may sound for our young readers, Dany is able to bring the conversation back to how we can make changes and hopefully progress towards building a green future.

Dany Sigwalt adds another lens, that of intersectionality and identity, to further uncover marginalised groups, and discuss how not all society has the same protections and resources. Through this lens, she covers the core principles of climate-justice; ways in which community, relationships and mutual-aid can change our world, and how we can use our privilege to stand up for others.

What is particularly thought-proving in this book are the short, investigative activities that will help children and young people to consider their own impact on their local environment, the choices they make in terms of consumption and the communities they belong to, through a climate-just lens. These calls to action are a great resource to inspire and connect budding changemakers and develop criticality in our young people.

Finally, Aurélia Durand’s vivid illustrations and thoughtful choice of colour pallet provide an engaging accompaniment to Sigwalt’s words. This is a book that would belong in any Upper Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three class studying the climate crisis, particularly as a study of a single chapter at a time. Equally, it is a must for the bookshelf of someone who is passionate about understanding these topics in more detail.