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Going blue : a teen guide to saving our oceans, lakes, rivers & wetlands
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Pub., c2010.
Physical Description:
151 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 23 cm.
Reading Level:
1170 L Lexile
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Teaches young people about the Earth's water crisis and provides practical suggestions on how readers can identify water-related needs in the community and transform their ideas into action.


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Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Going Blue educates young people about the earth's water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action.With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet's water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more. This combination of academic learning and community service is at the heart of the fast-growing teaching strategy known as service learning.

Author Notes

Award-winning author Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., is an international service learning consultant, a sought-after speaker, and a former classroom teacher.
Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, is a correspondent for Discovery Education and the Animal Planet and Planet Green channels. He is founder and CEO of EarthEcho International.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Kaye organizes her informative and lively presentation about threats to Earth's waters in terms of five stages of service learning. From investigation to demonstration, she follows Oklahoma teens working to educate others about polluted Tar Creek, a Superfund site. Offering additional examples of teen actions worldwide, she urges readers to get involved. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Co-written by Jacques Cousteau's grandson, this broad-reaching call to action introduces basic concepts about global water protection and what teens can do to help. Through stories of young people around the world, the chapters define service learning and delineate the stages of this interactive approach to education: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Designed for browsing, each packed spread combines clearly explained scientific concepts with lists, diagrams, and eye-opening statistics, such as a chart that lists how much water is required to make everyday items, from a sheet of paper (2 gallons) to a cotton T-shirt (700 gallons). Despite their small size, the color photos deliver a high impact; for example, with contrasting images of a coral reef, first bursting with vibrant color, then bleached by rising ocean temperatures into an underwater ghost world. With a balance of sobering facts and inspiring accounts of communities creating real change, this welcome title will attract a broad range of student researchers, casual readers, and committed activists, who will particularly benefit from the extensive resource lists.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

What Teens Think About Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlandsp. 1
A Call to Action from Philippe Cousteaup. 2
What Do You Know?p. 6
Service + Learning = Service Learningp. 10
Stage 1 Find Out→Investigatep. 17
Getting Started: Your Water, Your Community, Your Worldp. 20
You're All Wet!p. 22
Water, Water, Everywhere...or Is It?p. 27
Community Water Needsp. 29
Where's the Water is your Backyard?p. 41
Your Piece of the Watershedp. 44
Stage 2 Dive in→Preparep. 59
The Amazing Oceanp. 61
The Carbon Conundrum: Part #1-Ocean Acidificationp. 64
The Carbon Conundrum: Part #2-Climate Changep. 66
Plastics, Pollution, & Trashp. 71
Coral Reefs in Crisisp. 79
Looking Back: Historical Moments & Actionsp. 86
Stage 3 Get Going→Actp. 101
Your Little Choices Make a Big Splashp. 102
Take Actionp. 112
Write a Proposalp. 119
Announce Your Plansp. 120
Make Your Action Memorablep. 122
Stage 4 Think Back→Reflectp. 125
Pause, Look Back, &Reflectp. 127
Stage 5 Tell It→Demonstratep. 131
The World Awaits: Tell Your Storyp. 133
Once You Know It-Show It!p. 134
What's Next?p. 136
Blue Books &Websitesp. 137
Afterword for Teachers, Youth Leaders, Parents, & Other Adultsp. 140
Sources for Blue Factsp. 143
Indexp. 148
About the Authorsp. 151