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Appropriate for secondary and advanced students in grades 7-8. – (AC)

New Society Publishers, 2009, ISBN 978- 0-86571-589-9 (pb), 307 pp., US/C$24.95 from New Society Publishers, <www.>.

Try this at Home Try this at Home: Planet-friendly Projects for Kids contains 19 different environmental projects for ages 9-13. Many of the projects are do-it-yourself/ craft oriented, such as revamping old clothing in order to reuse it, planting a garden that has the ingre- dients needed to make pizza and hosting a community swap where people can trade items

they no longer need. Interspersed throughout the book are environmental facts, profiles of young environmental activists and a number of games and quizzes about the Earth. Most of the craft projects and activities would be appropriate in a school setting as a break from standard schoolwork or for after-school programs. – (KF)

Owlkids, 2008, ISBN 978-2-89579-192-8 (pb), 93 pp., C$14.95 from Owlkids, <www.>.

World Ocean

Census Although oceans make up 99% of our biosphere, only about 5% of their vast expanses have been observed

by humans. During the last ten years, over 2000 scientists from 82 countries undertook the largest ever concerted effort at observing ocean life. World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life provides an overview of their studies, combining jargon-free text with beautiful large color photographs. Apart from revealing fascinating crea- tures, the book chronicles the efforts of participating scientists to project future changes in marine biodiversity through examining current species and ecosys- tems. These efforts, the book shows, have revealed both that the oceans con- tain far greater biodiversity, but also a far greater degree of species loss, than

expected. Nonetheless, the Census has revealed that there are glimpses of hope for the future of our oceans. Appropriate for middle school students and up, its hardcover binding makes it an ideal book for school or classroom libraries. – (AC)

Firefly Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55407- 434-1 (hc), 256 pp. US/C$40 from Firefly Books, <>.

Seasons of Peace Seasons of Peace is a teacher’s guide which provides grade 4-8 classroom activities and ideas for celebrating peace, with a different theme for each month. Most units are focused around a symbolic day of the month, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, International Women’s Day, Earth Day, and Aboriginal/Solidarity Day. Each monthly unit includes a teacher backgrounder, suggestions for introducing the theme to classes, a warm-up activity, short biographies of famous peacemakers and extension activities which

allow students to express their learn- ing through writing and art projects. Examples of student activities include creating an earth banner containing things which need to be protected from violence, greed and pollution, and having students brainstorm what would happen if their friends’ human rights were revoked. The lessons are organized and simple, and include sug- gested resources for further learning. Includes blackline master handouts for each unit, and a lay-flat spiral binding for easy reference while teaching. – (PM)

Connections Publishing Inc., 2007, ISBN 978-0-9736352-7-4 (spiral-bound), 120 pp., C$28 from Connections Publishing, (800) 603-9888, < cp>.

Earth Under Fire “The climate is an angry beast…and we’re poking at it with sticks.” So finds photojournalist Gary Braasch in Earth Under Fire, How Global Warming is Changing the Earth. Braasch spent seven years documenting evidence of global warming with his camera through 44 trips from pole to pole. Including over 100 beautiful large- format photographs, maps and diagrams,


this book details his work and elaborates on his photographic evidence through a combination of personal allegories, facts and scientist

interviews. The latter part of the book presents potential solutions to global warming, focusing primarily on efforts already underway. The book presents a considerable amount of research, and combines textual and graphical evi- dence in an aesthetically pleasing way. Appropriate for secondary students. – (AC)

University of California Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-520-24438-2 (hc), 304 pp., US$24.95 from University of California Press, <>.

Peak Oil poster Peak Oil –The End of the Industrial Era, a poster presents a basic overview of the problem of peak oil via bulleted text, graphs and pictures. Produced by The Community Solution, a non-profit organization, the poster provides a background to our economy’s depen- dence on cheap oil, explains what peak oil is, presents a few slightly differing viewpoints on when it will occur and offers solutions. The authors posit that current levels of energy con- sumption will not be possible with a shift to renewable energy sources. They advocate combining

renewables with reduction, and offer a few general suggestions as to how to achieve this balance. Suitable for middle and early secondary grades, teachers could use this poster as the basis for a series of lessons on natural resources, environmental science and economics. – (KF)

The Community Solution, 2006, 17 x 24” poster, US$10 + S&H from The Community Solution, <>.

Healthy Neighborhoods,

Healthy Kids The Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids Guide is designed to enable teach- ers to inspire youth ages 12-19 to create sustainable and happy living environ- ments in their communities. It includes

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