"This is an important book but we don't have time for its young readers to replace those in power. So read this book and then give grown-ups hell and demand something be done. It's your future that's at stake."
-- David Suzuki
The Earth's oceans are on the rise. Since 1900, global sea levels have risen steadily each year to a global average of about 8 inches (20cm) today, and they're still rising. By 2100, the sea could climb as much as 14 feet (4.3m) to 32 feet (9.75m).
Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives youth an eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area's projected future. The shocking images will help them understand the urgency for action. Key issues in today's news will be better understood, such as the 2015 Paris Protocol in which the world agreed to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (ideally 1.5 degree).
Keltie Thomas is the author of Do Fish Fart? and How Hockey Works, as well as many other highly acclaimed children's books nominated for several awards. Most recently, Do Fish Fart? won the Award of Merit from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.
Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator designer living in Vancouver, Canada. Her work is featured in numerous books for younger readers.
Kath Boake W. is an illustrator and fine artist whose work appeared in Owl magazine for 20 years. Her digital adaptations of our changing world appear in Rising Seas.
Beautifully illustrated... Informs readers about the danger posed by rising sea levels. Vancouver artists Belle Wuthrich and Kath Boake W. provide devastating visuals that compare current landscapes with imagined renderings of the aquatic devastation heading our way if we don't make significant strides against climate change.
Flooding and climate change have become increasingly important topics that need to be addressed, and our youngest readers--and a large hope for the future of this planet--will learn important information about our world and its climate in this informative text. After introducing the role water plays on earth and the causes of rising sea levels, Thomas takes readers to areas of the planet, such as Miami Beach, Greenland, and the Nile Delta, that will be devastatingly affected by rising sea levels. Facts about the current population of each area highlighted are included and are accompanied by predictions on what will happen to these places in the near future. Illustrations of how these areas might look underwater stress the importance of taking action now, while the cheery design and bright palette help lighten up the heavy proceedings. In a "What Can You Do?" section, readers are given ways to help prevent further climate change, and a glossary explains key terms. An engaging, lively addition to nonfiction collection on a timely, increasingly urgent topic.