HEROES OF THE ENVIRONMENT by Harriet Rohmer

HEROES OF THE ENVIRONMENT

True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet
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Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Introducing a dozen North American eco-activists, most of them teenagers or younger adults, Rohmer conveys one inspirational success story after another. With the notable exception of El Hijo Del Santo, a Mexican masked wrestler who stages public events to draw attention to a range of environmental issues, the “heroes” here at least began their work on a local, grassroots level. Alex Lin coordinates an initiative to refurbish discarded computers and other e-waste; Debby Tewa promotes and installs solar-power systems on Arizona’s Hopi Reservation; as a teenager Erica Fernandez stood up to protest the planned construction of a huge natural-gas pipeline through her California town. The author largely steers clear of technical details—which makes John Todd’s invention of biological-waste filters and Kelydra Welcker’s development of a method of testing water for the pollutant C-8 appear easier than seems likely—but provides plenty of encouragement for concerned young readers. Two-toned art and small, murky black-and-white photos add further notes of earnest purpose. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6779-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2009




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