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CARETAKERS OF THE EARTH by Kathlyn Gay

CARETAKERS OF THE EARTH

By Kathlyn Gay

Age Range: 10 - 15

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89490-397-7
Publisher: Enslow

 In an attempt to encourage young readers to help protect the planet, some extremely brief accounts of individuals who are making a difference. While Gay gives adequate background on a range of environmental problems, her coverage of particular activities is skimpy--e.g., she mentions a group of teenagers who staged a hunger strike in British Columbia's Ministry of Forests to try to stop excessive logging, but she doesn't say whether they succeeded. Gay also describes actions in terms too general to convey any passion for the issues, or to give a sense of how the activists achieved their goals. The most effective accounts concern the environmental stands taken by celebrities, notably Ed Begley, who travels by electric car and bicycle. The author is also properly critical of ``green marketing'' (advertising that falsely claims environmental benefits for products). List of effective actions that individuals can undertake; source notes; bibliography (articles up to August 1991); glossary; list of environmental organizations; index. (Nonfiction. 10-15)