For my final project, I decided to create a children’s book about climate change. The book is ultimately a story about a 10-year-old boy named Jake who hears the term “climate change” and doesn’t know what it means. Curious about this issue, Jake decides to go on an adventure to find out about exactly what it is. Jake’s first stop is in Antarctica where he meets a polar bear who is sad because his play ground (the glaciers) is melting. The polar bear explains to Jake about why the glaciers are melting, and then teaches him about the difference between weather and climate change.
Jake’s next stop is in the rain forest where he meets a bird who is sad because his favorite tree is gone. The bird explains to Jake about the natural wildfires and how people chop down the trees to make paper and other resources. The bird then explains to Jake how climate change effects both animals and people, and how climate change is happening all over the world.
Jake’s last stop is at the coral reef, where he meets a sea turtle who talks to him about pollution in our oceans and how climate change is effecting the natural sea levels and acidity in the ocean. The sea turtle then explains to Jake that we can’t prevent climate change from happening, but what we can do is talk to our friends and family about it and do what we can to protect our environment.
Jake then returns home to his parents for help in spreading the word about what climate change is, and how they can make a positive change. Jake takes all of the lessons he learned from his friends and makes an impact.
The last couple pages of the story are in the future and Jake is 80 years old, and the environment is in better condition because of the collective efforts of everyone.
I decided to create a children’s book because we talked about how important it is to start educating kids in school about the issue of climate change. This book will answer the fundamental questions I can imagine many kids would have, and it is still fun and exciting at the same time. I also decided to have Jake befriend animals on his adventure instead of people because we never really addressed how climate change effects animals in our class.