July Book Reviews, Part 2

The Environmental Movement, Then vs. Now
from Miss Melanie at Main

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Molly Bang published a children’s book in 1997 called Common Ground:  The Water, Earth, and Air We Share.

Here’s an overview of this book from Barnes & Noble:  “A simple story of our planet’s natural resources with jewel-like paintings by Caldecott Honor author Molly Bang.  Through the example of a shared village green and the growing needs of the townspeople who share it, Molly Bang presents the challenge of handling our planet’s natural resources.”

Now, 14 years later, this book is just as relevant and even more urgent because of our continued consumption of fossil fuels.  The simple text sets up an opportunity for discussion about our natural resources we all share in common.  This title is recommended for ages 6-9.

A 2011 book that seems to be an answer to the Molly Bang book I just described is Energy Island:  How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World, by Allan Drummond.

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This is the most important book I’ve read in a long time because it affects the whole world in a most positive way.

The people of Samso, an island in the middle of Denmark, decided to become carbon neutral and accomplished it in less than 10 years.  In fact, they produce 10% more energy than they need by using 10 offshore windmills and other renewable energy sources on the island.  They sell the excess energy to the mainland and have completely eliminated the oil tankers coming to the island to drop off fuel.

It’s a very informative book loaded with amazing facts on the sidebars about renewable resources and global warming with an affirming message of hope for our planet.  Recommended for children ages 6-16 and their adults.

Check out the Samso Energy Academy, a learning center where scientists and scholars from all over the world come to exchange ideas about energy conservation.

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