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Saving Earth: Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

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Saving Earth: Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future is a book on how climate change has affected us and our world for centuries, ever since the industrial revolution. It talks about where the world stands today, as global warming is worse than ever. The book tells the story about the slow path to reform, led by Rafe Pomerance and James Hansen, who encountered obstacles, but simply would not give up. Lastly it talks about how young people can rise up and lead the fight to stop global warming. It explains how with hard work and effort, we can save the planet, for us, and for posterity.

I thought this book was an excellent reflection on the past work and effort of activists and scientists alike. While reading the book, the author includes quotes from various activists and scientists, showing how passionate and dedicated they were in addressing climate change. I like the illustrations the book includes which are a nice touch to the story. I also enjoy how the book went in chronological order discussing the events of the industrial revolution, and then the events from the Reagan administration all the way to the Biden presidency, noting all the changes in environmental policy that have been made. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to research the historical significance of climate change.

For me, the most memorable part of the story was when James Hansen was testifying to the effects of climate change to Congress during the Bush administration. Before he presented, someone from the White House tried to censor parts of Hansen’s speech. When the press and opponents of Bush found out they treated Hansen like a hero, even though he just wanted to talk about climate change. I think the author was trying to tell us that sometimes the people in power don’t care about our issues, and that we need to work hard ourselves to achieve results, and hold our elected leaders accountable.

Reviewed by Tristan M., Twin Hickory Area Library

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