Earth Will Survive (But We May Not) – Hardcover


A sobering yet hopeful book about earth’s history and future, and how to make a difference

What is Earth’s history, including the history of life? Where is Earth headed, and what can we do? A middle school science teacher addresses these questions with a friendly narrative voice and a focus both on how science is done and the diverse people who do it. Women like Mary Anning and Rachel Carson get equal attention to men like James Hutton and Georges Cuvier. Present problems of the Earth discussed include not only climate change but human-caused extinctions, plastic pollution, and invasive species. A final section suggests things kids can do to make a difference, from changing their behavior as consumers to recycling, energy use, and voting.

Winner of IBPA’s 2022 Benjamin Franklin Book Gold Award & the 2022 Silver IPPY Award!

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Author: Katie Coppens
Age Range : 12+
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Book Details:

  • ISBN: 9781943431731
  • Genre: Science non-fiction
  • Page Count: 194
  • Age Range: 12+
  • Pub Date: 31/10/2021
  • Key Words: climate change, environment,

Katie Coppens is an award-winning middle school teacher who has a Masters in teaching with a concentration in environmental science. She’s a columnist for the National Science Teaching Association’s Science Scope magazine and the author of seven children’s books.

Kirkus Review – July 27, 2021

A scientific examination of life on Earth and where it is headed.

With a particular focus on the impact of humans, author and middle school science teacher Coppens explores the history of life on Earth and the dangers that it is currently facing. She begins by exploring the concept of evolution and the contributions of scientists—and those excluded from the sciences due to societal bias—to evolutionary discoveries. In Part 2, she discusses the effects humans have had on the environment, including deforestation, ocean acidification, extinctions caused by humans, pollution, and the introduction of invasive species. The author’s conversational tone provides an age-appropriate approach to the scientific topics discussed, defining terms and providing diagrams and illustrative comparisons to clarify advanced concepts. She spotlights a diverse selection of individuals from around the world who have made noteworthy contributions to understanding climate change. Coppens also points out and expresses discontent with legislative decisions that have ignored the scientific evidence of climate change. Part 3 is devoted to ways individuals can help the environment, including changing consumer behavior, lowering consumption of food and energy, and informed voting. The final section of the book offers additional reading and viewing resources to enhance readers’ understanding of the Earth’s current climate change crisis.

A passionate and substantiated call for action. (glossary, sources, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

–Kirkus Reviews


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