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To the Young Environmentalist: Lives Dedicated to Preserving the Natural World
     

To the Young Environmentalist: Lives Dedicated to Preserving the Natural World

by Linda Leuzzi
 

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Well-known environmentalists from a variety of fields describe how they developed an interest in the environment, how they got where they are today, and things to think about when considering a career that focuses on preserving and protecting the natural world.

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Well-known environmentalists from a variety of fields describe how they developed an interest in the environment, how they got where they are today, and things to think about when considering a career that focuses on preserving and protecting the natural world.

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VOYA - Rosemary Moran
The lives of eight environmentalists-Jake Blair, Bill Bowerman, Sally J. Cole, Gillian Cooper-Driver, Jim Fowler, Jessica Kadel Koelsch, Edward Toth, and Patricia Wright-are summarized here with a focus on their current jobs in the environmental field. Involved in works as varied as saving the rain forest in Madagascar, preserving Brooklyn's Prospect Park, studying ancient rock art in Utah, exploring the world's wildlife, scouring the planet for unusual plants, and providing sanctuaries for manatees and endangered birds, these eight people talk about their zeal for their work and visibly demonstrate that one person committed to a cause can make an enormous difference in the world. Hardly any of these people went to college intending to do what they are doing now for a living. Ranging in age from twenty-nine to sixty-six, each feels a great need to do something to save our endangered planet. The interview format enables the reader to become as excited as the subjects are about their work, as the eight offer words of wisdom. Jim Fowler, wildlife correspondent for The Today Show, advises, "Every country that has overexploited its natural resources has suffered terrible social tragedies. If you only have one bucket of water and you use it up, then you have to fight the next country for theirs." Jake Blair, who works to protect the Chesapeake Bay, says: "Know one thing really well. People have an obligation to themselves and to society to be well informed in at least one area." Working to save Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Edward Toth says, "I wasn't a person who had my life path mapped out when I was 18. I just went with what seemed true. Developing whatever is important to you brings you to what you want in the end." Summing up the message of the whole book, Jessica Kadel Koelsch suggests to readers, "Don't underestimate the power of your actions. What one person can do can really make a difference." The opening chapter gives a history of the environmental movement, and the last chapter offers information about current environmental efforts and suggests ways readers might become involved. Also included are a glossary, an index, and a few black-and-white photos to illustrate the text. This fine introduction to environmental action is written on a middle-school level, but it would appeal to any student of any age interested in learning about our environment, those who are working to make it better, and those seeking suggestions of future projects with which they can become involved. Glossary. Index. Photos. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531158951
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
To the Young Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 15 Years

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