Are you fascinated by the climate crisis leadership of Greta Thunberg? What does it take to turn an ordinary person into an environmental hero?
If you’ve noticed that young people in your lives are waking up and paying attention, now is a great time to share about other heroes who have led the way in changing our relationship to nature and the earth. From Jane Goodall to Jacques Cousteau, Wangari Maathai to Henry David Thoreau, these charismatic heroes grew up (for the most part) just like you or me. What made them stand up for wild things?
It turns out, each hero has their own path and their own answer. In Girls who Looked Under Rocks, we meet visionaries, scientists, and artists who dared to dream big when women were seen as less than competent. They explored, investigated, and spoke out on behalf of nature and animals.
In the three-part Earth Heroes series, we meet Teddy Roosevelt who preserved the West, Rachel Carson who spoke up when others were silent, RD Lawrence who changed attitudes about wolves, and Sylvia Earle who dived deep into the mysteries of the sea. The most fascinating facts about these heroes are collected in concise chapters that explore how they became environmental leaders.
And, finally, in John Muir: My Life with Nature we are carried along by the great conservationist’s own words about the awe he felt in America’s wild spaces and his calling to preserve them. Revised from the original by nature educator Joseph Cornell, this slim picture book has been carefully edited to speak to a younger audience.