Take Heart, Take Action
Lothian Children’s, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
As the devastating bushfires continue and the calls for climate change action get louder, this is a timely book that offers a range of suggestions of things that individuals can do to make a positive impact. Just as climate change is not an overnight phenomenon, so too its solution is long term but this series of slogans presented as simple posters can offer a start. Backing up the posters are two pages that offer suggestions for how each can be achieved by even our youngest readers, so that each can feel they can make a contribution and be part of the global community while acting locally. As well, each poster could be the springboard for individuals or partners to dig deeper and investigate how the action will help and how it can be achieved within the school or the local community.
So often our students are presented with the problems of the world but no guidance about how they might be solved. The final message in this book is to “Have Hope” and given it is solution-driven, that becomes possible.