Many believe that so long as they’re safe and sound and comfortable in their homes, climate change doesn’t really affect them.
A survey in the United States shows only one in 10 people worries that global warming will have an impact on their lives, believing it only affects polar bears and plants.
But a California-based Filipino climate specialist and her 10-year-old daughter want to change that, imploring us to look at the worsening impacts of climate change through the eyes of two kid whales who are losing their homes.
Janiace Lao-Noche, together with 6th grader Esther, wrote Sparky and Benny’s Big Home Mystery. According to the mother-daughter author tandem, the book is a personal story for children, parents, and educators to understand what climate change is all about, and why it is personal to all of us.
The book, published by US-based Wise Ink, aims to provide children a template on how they can help make a real difference to address climate change.
“This book is our love letter to nature and to the world, because real love means telling them the truth but also showing them what is possible. The book ends with hope, that if we take action today and do it together, we can solve the greatest threat we face as humanity—climate change,” said Lao.
After reading the book, Dr. Elondra Napper, a science educator in the United States, said, “A powerful, practically written book that will change the way you think about climate change.”
Meanwhile, She Talks Asia (Philippines) chief executive Lynn Pinugu shared, “Equally informative and heartwarming... may this moving story compel every reader to do their part.”
Janice is a multi-awarded sustainability expert, having won international acclaim for her work in sustainability, including co-developing a mathematical and economic model for reducing carbon emissions in the international aviation sector.
Esther, meanwhile, is a student athlete and a young coder, who wants to be a marine veterinarian when she grows up.
In partnership with Save Philippines Seas, Janice and Esther on Nov. 29, 9:00 a.m. (Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. EST) are holding Sparky and Benny Book Launch Party.
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