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Nobel awardees release green manual for children

Subhra Priyadarshini

doi:10.1038/nindia.2008.146 Published online 18 March 2008

Al Gore releasing children's books on climate change

The focus obviously shifted to climate change when Nobel awardees Al Gore and IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri got talking last weekend in New Delhi.

In a world where adults often bicker over words and phrases to agree on the whys and hows of climate change, the duo thought it was best to tell children what the fuss is all about. Also, what they can begin doing now to ensure they live in a world without climate catastrophes.

So it was in the fitness of things that Al Gore presented nattily designed children’s books on climate change jointly published by Pachauri-led The Energy Research Institute and the JSW Foundation.

"The challenge of climate change is daunting and requires unprecedented understanding and knowledge in all societies across the globe," the former US Vice-President said while releasing the six-book series 'Save Planet'.

Not surprisingly, the books are published on recycled paper.

Comrade in arms: Gore and Pachauri

"It is important that children understand the influence of human actions on the earth’s climate," Pachauri said.

The series introduces children to climate change and offers information on clean, green solutions to the problem. With pictures, illustrations and engaging text reviewed by experts, the publishers have tried to ensure that children don’t leave the books halfway through.

The titles are: Know Climate Change; 101 Q and A on Climate Change; The Three Rs — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; Conservation: How to Save a Planet; Clean Solutions for a Green Earth and SOS for Earth.