Eyes WIDE Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

In Non-Fiction Reads, YA Book Reviews on July 16, 2015 at 2:24 am


 by Paul Fleischmann

YA Non-Fiction/©2014/208 Pages/Recommended for Ages 12+

Publisher’s Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: 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 21st century.

Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.

My Thoughts:

What an incredible book! Paul Fleischmann clearly did extensive research on the topic of climate change and managed to explain it in a clear, straight forward  way that seeks to inform, not alarm. The layout of the book is visually appealing and engaging, full of references for a reader who has been inspired to pursue more information on his own. While this book is aimed at middle and high school students, adults who are looking for more clarity on the subject would also benefit from reading this book. He provides an incredible list of suggested resources at the end, as well as a great section on “How to Weigh Information”. For a nation that seems mostly to rely on sound bites, this is an invaluable resource for us all.

My Rating: 5/5

Other Thoughts and Resources:

Interview with the Author


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