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21st Century Kids: Earth Ambassadors

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Kids, teens planning a nature exploration in the neighborhood

"We live on this speck called Earth—think about what you might do, today or tomorrow—and make the most of it." —Neil deGrasse Tyson

The health of Earth is in peril. What can children do to make an impact in the healing process? Kids can become “Earth Ambassadors,” which are mindful and purposeful consumers of earth’s resources.

There are many actions kids can do to improve the current condition of our planet. For example, imagine the outcome if every kid ceased single-use plastic consumption, recycled, or repurposed unwanted items. All it takes is a willingness to participate in the battle for a cleaner and healthier planet, and the belief: small changes can have a huge impact.

Taking Action

seedlings in pots

“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”—Richard Rogers

This list of resources provides the tools and inspiration for kids to actively participate in creating a better environment.

Kids Speak Out About The Environment
Schwab, Chris

365 Ways to Live Green for Kids
Amsel, Sheri

Earth Hour: A Global Lights-Out Event for Our Planet
Heffernan, Nanette

Recycle and Remake: Creative Projects for Eco Kids

The Plastic Problem: 60 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
Andrus, Aubre; Lonely Planet

Trailblazer Stories

family reading a book together

"Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of Earth, you will want to learn about it."—Rachel Carson

This collection of books highlighting the quest for a healthy planet, involves not only altering one’s actions, but convincing others to change as well. When advocacy efforts fail; innovation and science saves the day.

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Help Protect Our Planet
Rohmer, Harriet

Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet
Camerini, Valentina

Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet
Rusch, Elizabeth

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
Lawlor, Laurie

Environmental Activist Wangari Maathai
Swanson, Jennifer