Never has a book had a more appropriate title. Part rallying cry, part statement of fact, one thing is certain…Your Planet Needs You! As humans we create a lot of waste. We are a consumer society and we love buying things. But making these things creates waste and these things themselves often create more waste (think packaging). Then when our things break or new things get released we throw our old things away, we buy the new things and more waste gets produced and the cycle keeps on going. In Your Planet Needs You Philip Bunting clearly presents the issues surrounding waste and our responsibilities in reducing the problem.
The first half of the book addresses key questions to do with waste. Starting out by addressing why there is so much waste in the world in the first place, then looking at why waste is bad for the planet, what kinds of rubbish we are producing and how long the rubbish takes to decompose. Having dealt with some of the key issues with waste in the first half, the second half of the book is full of fabulous ideas for readers to make a positive change. Using the 5 R’s - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Renew and Really get involved - Bunting provides lots of fun things readers can do. From top tips for reducing waste to reusing egg cartons to grow your own vegetables to how to compost. A how to get involved section will hopefully inspire readers of all ages to get involved with reducing waste; whether it be writing letters, joining a campaign/march, talking to people about the issues or litter picking/clean up the community.
The information is presented in a really accessible way and the colourful pages include text boxes, clear and simple examples, flow diagrams, timelines and illustrations. The information is relevant, revealing and often eye-opening. Did you know that each year we each create a pile of waste that weighs the same as a small hippo? Or on average we throw away one in every five bags of food we bring home? What wasters we are!
A great read for introducing young children to the issues around waste and will hopefully inspire older readers to take action and be proactive in reducing their own waste and the waste of their families, friends and wider community.
Recommended for 5+.