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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Conservation & Protection

Fresh Air, Clean Water

Our Right to a Healthy Environment

by (author) Megan Clendenan

illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Recycling & Green Living, Social Activism & Volunteering, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


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.

About the authors

Megan Clendenan has worked for women's rights, mental health and youth empowerment nonprofits as well as for an environmental law group, which is when she realized for the first time that the court system could be a way to help protect human health from pollution and toxic chemicals. She is the co-author of Design Like Nature, part of the Orca Footprints series, and the author of Offbeat, a novel for young readers. Megan lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.


Megan Clendenan's profile page

Julie McLaughlin is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes commissions for editorial, advertising and publishing clients from around the world. Her previous books have been nominated for several awards, and she won the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Why We Live Where We Live. She is the illustrator of What Animals Want in the Orca Think series and Pride Puppy! Julie grew up on the Prairies and now resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Julie McLaughlin's profile page


  • Winner, The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award - Children's Nonfiction
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection

Editorial Reviews

“A forceful and informative handbook on environmental justice, accessible enough to strike a chord with young readers.”

Kirkus Reviews

“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

“A worthy purchase where readers enjoy a personal approach to science instruction.”


“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

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