cover image Gaia Warriors

Gaia Warriors

Nicola Davies, Candlewick, $14.99 paper (192p) ISBN 978-0-7636-4808-4

Using scientist James Lovelock's Gaia theory as its framework, this handbook by a British zoologist addresses common misconceptions about global warming—for example, the tendency to think of weather and climate as the same thing ("climate is a pattern that reveals itself only over many years... you have to see the big picture"). Davies's tone is casual but informed, as she explains the consequences of climate change—such as the impact of melting Arctic ice on Inuit populations—and emphasizes the importance of joint responsibility, both by consumers and corporations. Practical suggestions for lifestyle adjustments underscore her honest but never somber message; profiles of individuals and organizations working to enact change should prove inspiring. Ages 11–14. (Mar.)