Guardians of the Planet is essentially a guide to becoming an eco-hero and doing your bit to help protect the planet. The book equips readers with knowledge, information and practical ways to become a protector of the planet in one of seven different domains. A manifesto is laid down at the start with a foreword from Brian Eno.
All manner of things need doing to help look after the planet and readers can learn how to safeguard the future of wildlife, help reduce waste, preserve the forests, protect the oceans, reduce pollution, help people get access to fresh water and lots more. The book is presented over seven chapters with each chapter a focus on a specific guardian of the planet. Pages are brightly coloured and are a delight to look at and are filled with a mix of scientific information, eye-opening facts that will shock and surprise, bags of encouragement and plenty of ways to become self-sufficient.
There is a lovely balance between highlighting what the problems are, what needs to be done and what the reader can do right now. Many of the ideas are simple and that is what I really like about this book - children can take action right now if they so choose. From making bird feeders to provide food to birds in the winter months to turning the tap off when brushing teeth. There are also some really cool activities to try out, a personal favourite of mine is the making your own solar oven and then heating marshmallows in it. Bigger participation activities might see readers getting involved in beach clean-ups or holding swap-shops at school where people can swap something they no longer use for something they would use (a great way to repurpose and re-home items that are no longer needed).
Everyone can be an eco hero and in doing so become a ‘Guardian of the Planet’. This super guide that combines science, encouragement and lots of practical suggestions empowers children to make the small changes that all add up to a big difference.
Recommended for 7+.