Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do (Paperback)

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Meet the young activists who are using their voices and minds to fight climate change.

Did you know that the past five years have been the hottest ever recorded? Or that over seven million people participated in the global Climate Strike? We’re facing a very real problem, but there’s hope.

Everyone is affected by climate change. Reading Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do is the perfect introduction not only to the dramatic effects of climate change, but to the solutions. Learn how our behavior and actions have led us to this point, hear from kids around the world dealing with extreme storms, wildfires, and sea level rise, and discover what scientists, youth activists, and ordinary citizens are doing to protect their communities.

Divided into eight sections for easy browsing and with over fifty photographs, captions, charts, and graphs, this nonfiction book is an excellent choice to share in the classroom and for homeschooling for kids ages 6 and up. 

Also includes a glossary to supplement the text, author’s note, and index.

Climate Action is the latest of Seymour Simon’s nonfiction science books. His books are regularly honored by the National Science Teacher's Association. 

About the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

Praise For…

“Simon’s presentation is distinguished by the leavening of each bit of bad news with examples of individual actions and steps that can be taken…[and] is interspersed with images and quotations from teen activists from around the world.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Seymour Simon has written an engaging and inspirational book to help young readers understand climate science, the impacts of climate change on our society, and their role in advancing positive change for the planet and all its inhabitants. Climate Action centers youth activists from diverse backgrounds as the climate leaders of today.” — Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Ph.D., Environmental & Health Sciences at Spelman College 

“These are heavy topics, but nearly each one ends with steps the reader can take to help...and solutions scientists and engineers are currently working on. A comprehensive overview of a global crisis underscored by urgency and hope."    — Booklist

“A timely work that makes use of bright pages and accessible tips to engage students and motivate them to enact change in their communities. This title is useful for environmental science courses and could also be implemented in biology courses during units on the carbon cycle or environmental change."
School Library Journal

"Informative but easy-to-understand sections detailing how humans are causing the [climate] crisis are immediately followed by ways in which readers can be part of the solution. Peppered throughout are features of notable youth activists...A straightforward yet cogent primer." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062943309
ISBN-10: 0062943308
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English