Save the Earth’s skin – Books to read on World Ozone Day

This World Ozone Day 2020, we celebrate 35 years of the Vienna Convention for the protection of the ozone layer – a day that shows that collective decisions and action, guided by science, are the only way to solve major global crises.

Here are my favourite picks for the day

P.S. What’s up with the climate?

A brand new release, written by climate warrior Bijal Vachharajani and splendidly illustated Archana Sreenivasan , this book is available for free on the incredible Pratham story weaver ( Read it Now!
A poignant message straight from the mouths of the animals, as we see them exchanging letters brimming with concern and see their habitats and issues , opening doors for the imperative needs for children to be aware of what is happening to forests, natural reserves and trees in our country. (Kids 5+)

The Trouble With Dragons

An adorable picture book by Debi Gliori, global warming is dealt with the allegory of dragons consume recklessly, chop down forests, puncture holes in the atmosphere, melt the polar ice caps and pollute the land until here’s nothing left in the world except smoke and flooded areas full of jellyfish and realise “A world without wildlife is no kind of home.”. An easy way for the earliest readers to start noticing the damages and become aware (Kids 4+)

A Cloud called Bhura -Climate Champions to the Rescue

A brilliant slightly satratical and speckled with enough humour, this is the empowering story of four teens in Mumbai — Amni, Tammy, Mithil and Andrew who wake up to find a fat brown cloud squatting over their city, gobbling up their sunlight and air, and turn it into a simmering, smoke-filled cauldron. The book brings out the many nuances of the smog that covers this crisis – the denial of the people in charge -Minister Motabhai calls the cloud, Bhura, an “anti-national” and a conspiracy against India’s growth , the news anchor Vaatodiyo Bahuche wonders if this Hollywood-style disaster is a sign of our “economic progress” as an ageing cinema superstar tries to vacuum away the dusty cloud . The book also quietly brings out how climate change impacts the more vulnerable sections of the society. Can Vidisha and Bidisha, the scientist twins, find a solution? Can Bhura ever be driven away, or is it already too late?An expertly written must-read b the talented , certified climate warrior Bijal Vachharajani. (Kids 9+)
Do check out lovely reading by the author here -

The Last Wild

An offbeat semi-apocalyptic fantasy by Piers Torday, we are introduced to a world where the animal population has been decimated in the last decade by the red-eye virus, and the human population is struggling, setting up massive quarantines in cities and living on Formula-A as the food supply dwindles. 12-year-old Kester Jaynes is a prisoner at Spectrum Hall Academy for Challenging Children. Kester discover discovers, he can communicate with cockroaches, pigeons, and other animals, who ask him for help as the chosen savior of “the last wild,” the few remaining animals on Earth. Alternately somber, poignant and thrilling, this dystopian adventure with significant environmental and political theme is a part of a series – continuing in The Dark Wild and concludes in The Wild Beyond (kids 9+)

Me and Marvin Gardens

An intriguing read by Amy Sarig , eleven year old Devlin ‘s family farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy has abandoned him and an issue of nosebleeds. As Obe hangs out at the nearby creek, in the last wild patch left, picking up trash and looking for animal tracks , he spots a creature that looks kind of like a large dog.Truly unique as he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags. The animal “Marvin Gardens” becomes Obe’s best friend and biggest secret. To keep him safe from the developers and Tommy, the bully and his friends, Obe may be compelled to make a very difficult decision. (For kids 10+)

The Lorax

While not directly about climate change, I had to include this classic story because of its powerful message

Ending with my favourite quote from Lorax,

“Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”

– The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

And as all these book clearly point out – Children can be changemakers !

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