Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them.
We’re living in an “ah-ha” moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity and add abundant fossil fuels. The result is a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren’t visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking: suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It’s a changed world.
This book explains it, not with isolated facts but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the twenty-first century.
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“The audio follows the print version in organization and includes the final entry, ‘How to Weigh Information,’ a synopsis on how to judge media, follow the money, and check for fallacies. While the illustrations from the print book are not included, the narration does incorporate the numerous sidebars that offer additional information, definitions, and facts…Tom Parks narrates this book in a smooth, engaging style. This will work for individual listening as well as for classroom use…helpful for research and will be a surefire source of inspiration.”
School Library Journal (audio review)