At a meeting of the full council on Thursday 25 July 2019, Warwickshire County Council unanimously declared a climate change emergency. The meeting took place on the day reported by the BBC as the hottest July day on record in the UK.
At the meeting, the council quoted the United Nations Improvement Panel on Climate Change’s findings on the environmental repercussions of failing to act. These included but were not limited to:
- rising sea levels
- crop failures
- global economic crisis.
As we approach COP26 – the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at the end of this month, we thought it would be timely to share with you some of the books that we have available for both adults and children, tackling this topic.
Children’s and Young People’s Non-Fiction
From melting ice caps to forest fires, climate change is responsible for dramatic freak weather events and Earth is now warmer than it has been at any point in the last 650,000 years. ‘Hot Planet’ raises reader’s awareness of the challenges of climate change in a friendly and non-alarmist, yet realistic, way. It explores what climate change is, what is believed to cause it, its current impact on the world and what might happen in the future if it progresses at current rates. It also highlights the social inequality of climate change, as richer and more industrialised countries contribute far more heavily to climate change through their energy consumption, yet poorer, less developed nations are currently much more affected by it.
This is an introduction to environmentalism and the world-changing lives that have fought for our planet’s future. From Greta Thunberg to David Attenborough, Rachel Carson to Wangari Maathai, activists of all ages, from all corners of the planet, will inspire readers to think and take action on the most important issues of our era. Beautiful and characterful portraits help bring to life these important activists and their contributions to our world. Clear, concise text presents the stand-out biographical information from these inspirational figures, and acts as a perfect primer for conversations about activism and environmentalism.
The world can seem a scary place to live. Worries and fears about our planet and the impact of human behaviours are widely discussed. But you can help! ‘Save Your Planet’ details the major current environmental issues, why they occur, and how they can be resolved.
You’ve probably heard about climate change. At least I hope you have – because it’s really important. It affects all of us living on Planet Earth right now, and everyone and everything that will live on our planet in the future. Our world is warming up, and it’s a big problem. Award-winning author-illustrator Neal Layton is here to explain what climate change is, what’s causing it and why it’s dangerous for animals and humans alike. But he’s also FULL of ideas for how you can help!
Young people are not just part of the climate change movement. They are leading the way. Will you be one of them? ‘Forget everything you think you know about climate change. This book explains why the planet desperately needs our help and how you can use your power to change the world through climate activism.
Discover how YOU can cut stinky fumes, and tread more lightly on the planet. Become an eco-warrior, not an eco-worrier, with 50 practical tips to really make a difference! Our planet is in peril and it needs your help! But the good news is that there are loads of easy ways that you can make a difference. From lift-sharing to switching body sprays, there are so many things you can do to help fight climate change. Complete with myth-busting boxes and counter arguments to put climate-deniers in their place, this is a one-stop guide to transform eco-worried kids into eco-activists.
Have you got two minutes? That’s all the time it takes to become a 2minutesuperhero. Plastic is everywhere. It is in the rivers and it is in the sea. We need superheroes to fight plastic and help save our oceans. Read this essential book and find out how you can become a 2minutesuperhero by completing 50 missions to fight plastic at home, school and on your days out.
Pick a place. Choose a creature. Discover its story and the danger it faces. Then find out how to help it survive. 15 wild and wonderful creatures, all on the IUCN Red List, need our help – this important book is interactive, engaging and informative, and will inspire children to save their planet. ‘Red Alert!’ is inspired and endorsed by the ‘Red List’ database maintained by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently the list includes over 70,000 species known to be at risk, but it grows larger all the time.
Children’s and Young Peoples Fiction
The Bear in the Stars by Alexis Snell
A timely fable about climate change and the transformative power of kindness. There was once a bear, a great, white bear – Queen of Beasts. Her kingdom was a beautiful, cold, glistening place. But over the years the ice disappeared, slipping away like sand through an hourglass. Slowly, slowly, one by one, the other animals moved on. The Great Bear has no choice but to leave her snowy realm to search for food, friends and a new home. She soon discovers a world that is growing hotter whilst hearts grow colder – until one small act of kindness changes everything.
Engineering expert Kiki and Connor the marine biologist are sent on a mission to the Arctic. There they discover a research vessel studying the effects of climate change that has become trapped in the sea ice. To make matters worse, one of the ship’s scientists who went to find help at a nearby research station hasn’t returned. It’s up to the Secret Explorers to find the scientist, free the ship, and save the day!
Green Rising by Lauren James
Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet. On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new ‘Greenfingers’ power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they’ll need to learn to work together.
Max Takes a Stand by Tim Allmann
Max is on a quest to make the world a better place. From hiding his parents’ car keys to preparing vegan dinners, Max is determined to help save the planet through positive direct action! But, with hilarious and often disastrous results, can Max’s enthusiasm pay off in the end?
The Summer We Turned Green by William Sutcliffe
It’s the summer holidays, and thirteen-year-old Luke has just had his life turned upside down. First his older sister Rose moved ‘across the road’ – where a community of climate rebels are protesting the planned airport expansion – and now his dad’s gone too. Dad only went to get Rose back, but he’s out there building totem poles out of old furniture and wearing sandals and drinking mead (whatever that is) with the best of them . Luke is determined to save his dad, his sister and his summer. So how does he find himself at the top of a tree refusing to leave until the bulldozers stand down? A fresh, funny, heartfelt look at this generation’s must-win battle: one earth, one chance.
Harklights by Tim Tilley
Wick has always lived in the dark and dreadful Harklights Match Factory and Orphanage, working tirelessly for greedy Old Ma Bogey. He only dreams of escaping, until one day a bird drops something impossible and magical at his feet – a tiny baby in an acorn cradle. As midnight chimes, Wick is visited by the Hobs, miniature protectors of the forest. Grateful for the kindness shown to their stolen child, they offer Wick the chance of a lifetime – escape from Harklights and begin a new life with them in the wild.
America, 100 years on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless Americans from the south.
Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation.
When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right hand woman, doing battle on the wisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together – or have they set the country on a new, but equally devastating, path?
When scientist Kate Larkin joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, she becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children, a girl called Eve, is born, Kate cannot bear the thought her growing up in a laboratory, and so elects to abduct her, and raise her alone.
If you believe your world is going to end, how should you live? And what if, while preparing for disaster, you unwittingly precipitate it? While Emma Abram prepares for Christmas, her husband Chris frets about starvation and societal collapse. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Chris has turned off the heating. He treks his sons across the Moss in the drubbing rain. And he has other plans that, if voiced, Emma would surely veto. But it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
Emma longs to lower a rope and winch Chris from the pit of his worries. But he doesn’t want to be rescued or even reassured – he wants to pull her in after him.
In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety.
As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.
This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees.
When Noria Kaitio reaches her 17th birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations.
Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she becomes much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands.
Ravaged by environmental disaster, greed and oppression, our planet is in crisis. The future of humanity hangs in the balance – and one woman can tip it over.
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation. It’s humanity’s last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie’s surrogate daughter and the ship’s botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this – to step out of Valerie’s shadow and really make a difference.
But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi starts to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret – and realises time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared.
Choking. Starving. Poisoning. That’s what plastic litter is doing to marine life. The facts are stark and astonishing: 8 tonnes of plastic are dumped into the sea every minute, while an estimated 300 billion pieces of plastic are currently floating in the Arctic Ocean.
Approximately 100,000 marine creatures and 1 million sea birds die from plastic entanglement each year and some areas of our ocean contain six times more microplastics than plankton, yet there are steps we can take to arrest this dreadful trajectory.
This book will teach you everything you need to know about giving up plastic and living a plastic-free life.
Whether you would like to learn how to build a bird box, dig a hedgehog tunnel or implement broader environmental changes in your community, this practical guide to saving Britain’s most endangered species will teach you how you can help on an individual, local and national level.
Focusing on thirty of our most loved and most ‘at risk’ inhabitants, this uplifting and hopeful book will give naturalists of any age the tools to respond to the SOS calls heard from their garden, local park and beyond.
Litter on our streets, plastics in our seas, overflowing landfill, fatbergs. Do you know where your rubbish ends up? We are all responsible for the waste we make and we can make simple changes to live more planet-friendly lives.
Expert environmental campaigner Martin Dorey looks at what we recycle, what we bin, what we take to the tip – plastics, food, clothing, electricals, and furniture – where it goes and what it really does to our planet. Martin offers simple, impactful ways – 2minutesolutions – to cut down your waste and why they make a big difference.
The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humanity. In this timely and important book, two of the principle creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realise its promise.
Written by former UN Secretary for Climate Christiana Figures and Tom Rivett-Carnac, this call to arms outlines two scenarios for our future: how life on Earth will be by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris Agreement climate targets; or how it will look and feel to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. Each of us must confront the crisis head on, with determination and optimism. Practical and empowering, ‘The Future We Choose’ features ten things we can do today to make a difference.
If you want to save the planet, but your to-do list is already pretty long and remembering your re-usable coffee cup feels like a Herculean task, then this is the book for you.
Covering every aspect of our lives from the stuff we buy and the food we eat, to how we travel, work, and celebrate. This book provides stacks of practical, down to earth ideas to slot into your daily life, alongside a gentle kick up the butt to put your newfound knowledge into action.
Practical tips include unsubscribing from all the tempting emails that drop into your inbox with details of the newest clothing range or the latest sale, and keeping a mug next to your kettle to work out how much water you actually need to boil each time, as over filling kettles costs British households 68 million on energy bills each year.
Thirty years ago, world leaders vowed to address the new great challenge of global warming by reducing carbon emissions. Thirty years later, the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere continues to grow unabated.
Economist Professor Dieter Helm addresses the action we would all need to take, whether personal, local, national or global, if we really wanted to stop causing climate change.
Hopefully this will give you a good starting point for your reading – you can find more suggestions over on our ‘Climate Emergency’ list on our Reading Ideas page.