Book of the month: Climate Rebels by Ben Lerwill

There is no need to explain how serious the coronavirus pandemic is. While the world has stopped and we are stuck indoor in self-isolation, from the safety of our homes, we watch as the air clears in China, as Venice’s canals shimmer an emerald green full of dolphins, as the plane-free blue skies are full of singing birds, as the ozone hole is repairing itself. As a society, we have been on a trajectory that was simply not sustainable. As humans have retreated, nature is flourishing. Mother nature has been crying out for help for some time and now is showing us that she can recover, when given the chance. A new non-fiction hardback, Climate Rebels, by Ben Lerwill, covers the personal journeys of those humans from around the world who have dedicated their lives to fight to save our planet. Climate Rebels is a beautifully illustrated collection of 25 inspiring true stories and London Mums have voted it book of the month for April 2020. 

From Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, to lesser-known heroes such as turtle-protector Len Peters and the poacher patrollers The Black Mambas, these stories are proof that one person’s actions can grow into something big and powerful, that can help change the world.

There’s never been a more important time to instil an appreciation of the natural world in young readers and inspire them to look after the planet even in times of crisis.

The book is really well written and in a compelling language that will captivate the young readers and their parents alike. I have enjoyed all the stories of personalities such as the founders of Greenpeace whom I knew about but not in such level of detail.

The powerful message that Climate Rebels screams out from its pages is that climate change is happening now, but it’s not too late to change the story. We are all part of this planet and we can contribute to making some sort of change, if we want to. 

Featuring iconic illustrations that offer a journey across the globe, from poles to oceans and rainforests, these stories are a call to arms to make young readers laugh, cry, hope and stand together to protect their home.

Ben Lerwill is a multiple award-winning writer. His work has appeared in a host of publications including National Geographic Traveller, Time Out, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. Over the past decade he’s won four British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards, and often focuses on wildlife, rail journeys and the outdoors. Best of all, he writes fascinating, magical non-fiction stories that will amaze and inspire – just like the ones in this book.

Published 16th April 2020

Puffin Hardback, priced £12.99

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