Protecting the Planet: Environmental Activism


Earth is getting warmer, and its plants and animals are at risk. How will they survive the change in climate? What can you do to help? Send a petition. Eat organic. Buy in bulk. Turn off the lights. Even small changes can help preserve and protect the planet and its inhabitants. Join the Green Generation. Together we can make a world of difference.

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Earth is getting warmer, and its plants and animals are at risk. How will they survive the change in climate? What can you do to help? Send a petition. Eat organic. Buy in bulk. Turn off the lights. Even small changes can help preserve and protect the planet and its inhabitants. Join the Green Generation. Together we can make a world of difference.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
Pamela Dell's eloquent writing style captures the solemnity of a planet in crisis. Her text includes seven chapters which highlight various components of environmental activism, including air, water, ground, forests, animals, and future. Referencing the first satellite photographs of earth taken from the Apollo 17 back in 1972, she introduces the planet as a "beautiful blue marble." Many shocking statistics are presented, including that the United States, with just five percent of the world's population, creates thirty percent of the world's waste. Dell also cites relevant governmental acts and laws. Her writing style is directed at a more mature, middle-school audience, though the book's message would be appropriate for any reader. The book encourages accountability with a serious tone. Photographs and graphics are used, but the focus is definitely on the narrative nature of the text. Practical methods of environmental activism are suggested, including "adopting" a local endangered species, slowing down on highways to spare crossing animals, boycotting products that come from threatened species or habitats, and creating a wildlife-friendly backyard. Dell offers some fresh perspectives of environmental activism that transcend the usual. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9– Strong visual appeal is this series' best asset. The cover design, layout, and graphics feel hip and of the moment. The clear writing is easy to understand and includes many concrete examples of environmentally friendly practices. Rather than focusing on a small, specific aspect of issues, these chatty narratives take a broader approach, with chapters covering everything from the Clean Air Act (Protecting the Planet) and the politics of global warming (Climate Fever) to using energy-efficient light bulbs (Green Living) and how hydropower works (Alternative Energy). Although there are many charts, tables, and photographs, diagrams are strangely absent from the texts. Nevertheless, these are good choices for both leisure reading and reports.
VOYA - Caitlin Augusta
This series presents lively, current introductions to environmental topics, while taking an unabashedly pro-green stance and stating environmental problems as the responsibility of each person to help solve. Each title uses a conversational style to convey information to students alongside photographs, charts, and sidebars for further information. The titles include further reading and suggested Web sites at The informational text is enlivened by stories and quotations. Alternative Energy introduces five forms of non-fossil-fuel energy, presenting the scientific concepts at work as well as the pros and cons of each type of energy in a clear, repetitive format. The book concludes with ways students can save energy as another "alternative energy" source. Describing each concept as it is presented, this series entry makes a good introductory resource to the topic. Protecting the Planet is subtitled "Environmental Activism," but it functions as a status update to the quality of the world's air, water, soil, forests, and animals. Once it outlines the problems facing each of these environmental areas, the book discusses ways students can make positive improvements. As with Alternative Energy, this book works better as an introduction than as a comprehensive resource; however, it directly addresses readers and will draw them into the concepts so that they will wish to seek out further resources for reports and papers. For institutions wishing to bolster their environmental sections, this series will provoke discussion and a solid foundation for research. Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756542955
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Green Generation Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Dell began her professional career writing for adults and started writing for children about 12 years ago. Since then she has published fiction and nonfiction books, written numerous magazine articles, and created award-winning interactive multimedia.
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Table of Contents

Our Beautiful Blue Planet 4

The Air We Breathe 14

The Water We Drink 20

The Ground We Plant In 30

Saving the Forests 35

Animals in Danger 45

Looking to the Future 56

Glossary 62

Investigate Further 63

Index 64

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