Last month, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Donald Trump said that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real and that he’s “very open-minded” on whether climate change is underway. “I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows,” Trump says. “Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.”
Do you know who really knows that climate change is real? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Thousands of climate researchers. Most leading scientific organizations. According to NASA (and backed up by at least three surveys), “97% or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”
Meanwhile, the president-elect counts on advice from people like Myron Ebell. Mr. Ebell is not a scientist, but he does work at an organization that takes huge donations from ExxonMobil and people who work for or support the conservative Koch Brothers (who actively lobby against efforts to combat global warming).
As the mother of two kids, an aunt to dozens of nieces and nephews, a former teacher, and a writer of children’s books, I am terrified by what this next president will do to advance climate change and destroy our precious natural resources for our next generations. For those who want to educate this new generation of children who will inherit every one of our mistakes, here is a reading list for kids on climate change.
For younger kids who love Ms. Frizzle, look for The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge. Like other Magic School Bus books, author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen us wit, science-based facts, and adventure to explore complicated topics in a relatable way.
DK Eyewitness Books, always a trusted source for non-fiction, came out with a book called Climate Change in 2008. It is laid out like their other children’s reference books, with lots of photos, charts, and biographies of leading scientists showing what is causing climate change, what it might lead to, and what children can do to help.
P.S. For a climate change reading list for adults, check out Rebecca Hussey’s great list here.