Coastal Care Junior

December 8, 2022

Cover Art: THE COQUÍES STILL SING: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding, illustration by Krystal Quiles (courtesy of macmilllan books).

Teaching Children About Climate Change – the New York Times

Two new picture books and a novel for young readers place children at the center of environmental calamity.

Despite all the global summits, impassioned warnings from scientists and general hand-wringing over the mounting catastrophe unleashed by our use of fossil fuels, humans are burning them more than ever. Efforts to transition to clean energy, while significant, are not happening nearly fast enough. Nature’s backlash — increased floods, fires and droughts — has begun, and it’s still building.

Some parents may want to shield their children from this grim reality. But around the world, children are already profoundly affected — 16 million by flooding in Pakistan this year alone, as rains worsened by climate change left a third of the country underwater.

Two new picture books and a novel for young readers place children at the center of climate calamity. Fittingly, they are stories of homes under threat; home, after all, is the thing climate change stalks, be it a house, a community or a livable planet. Each book offers its own lessons on how to cope with life under the monster we’ve created. The novel even shows how kids can help slay it.

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K-12 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest – California Coastal Commission

This annual Art and Poetry Contest is open to all California residents in grades K-12 (excluding families of Coastal Commission staff).
All entries must be uploaded by 5:00 p, California time, on January 31, 2023.
See full Contest Guidelines in English and Spanish, on the Coastal Commission Website…Best Wishes to ALL!

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