Fresh Air, Clean Water

  • Illustrated By: Julie McLaughlin
  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Think
  • Themes:sustainability, justice, climate crisis, STEM, activism
  • Available:03/15/2022
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:1100L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:X
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Everyone depends on clean air to breathe, safe water to drink and healthy soil for growing food. But what if your drinking water is dangerous, your air is polluted and your soil is toxic?

What can you do about that? Do you have the right to demand change?

Fresh Air, Clean Water: Defending Our Right to a Healthy Environment explores the connections between our environment and our health, and why the right to live in a healthy environment should be protected as a human right. The book features profiles of kids around the world who are taking action and important environmental rights court cases. Hear the powerful stories of those fighting for change.

“Packed full of detail about historical political and governmental positions regarding our world; and yes, we all have a stake in this topic.”
– School Library Connection
“A forceful and informative handbook on environmental justice, accessible enough to strike a chord with young readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A worthy purchase where readers enjoy a personal approach to science instruction.”
– Booklist
“Several strong messages...not one of doom and gloom, but one of hope and optimism for the future if people have respect for nature and for each other. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“With a tone that is eager to share serious information without terrifying readers…this thought-provoking book offers a solid foundation for further exploration of the topic.”
– School Library Journal
The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award - Children's Nonfiction   | 2023  |  Winner
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2022  |  Commended

Download the Fresh Air, Clean Water Classroom Activity Sheet (PDF).
Discover the connections between our health and our environment and how human rights can protect both people and our planet!

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