Read Up then Speak Out:
Books, magazines, and other publications
Act Now, Apologize Later
by Adam Werbach (HarperCollins, $13). Former Sierra Club president Werbach, who began his
activist career when he was only eight years old, engagingly tells tales of others'
Acting for Nature: What Young People Around the World Have Done to Protect the
by Sneed Collard III and Action for Nature (Heyday Books, $8.95). The inspirational
stories of 15 young people who worked to solve environmental problems in their
Choices for Our Future: A Generation Rising for Life on Earth
by Ocean Robbins and Sol Solomon (The Book Publishing Company, $9.95). The youthful
founders of YES! provide an introduction to environmental issues-and what students in
grades 7 to 12 can do to help.
DiY Culture: Party and Protest in Nineties Britain
ed. by George McKay (Verso Books, $19). Young British activists tell the stories of their
"do it yourself" direct-action movements in a collection of essays that takes
the reader from protest camps to all-night raves, from forest tree-tops to the inner city.
Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
by David W. Orr (Island Press, $18.95). A book of rousing essays by the head of
environmental studies at Oberlin College, who proposes "nothing less than the
redesign of education itself."
The Future Is Ours: A Handbook for Student Activists in the 21st Century
ed. by John W. Bartlett (Holt, $14.95). A dozen young activists-fighting for environmental
justice, women's equality, human rights, and other causes-offer their experience and
advice to other young people who want to change the world. Additional resources include
tips for Internet activism and sample press releases.
Pachamama: Our Earth-Our Future
by Young People of the World (United Nations Environment Programme (202) 458-9695,
www.grida.no/geo2000/pacha/, $11.95). Pachamama looks at the international state of the
environment and what young people are doing to improve it.
The Sierra Club Kid's Guide to Planet Care and Repair
by Vicki McVey (Sierra Club Books, $16.95). Through practical tips, hands-on activities,
and inspirational stories, students in grades 4 to 7 can learn about environmental
problems -and what they can do to help repair the planet.
To the Young Environmentalist: Lives Dedicated to Preserving the Natural World
by Linda Leuzzi (Franklin Watts, $6.95). Learn how to make a career of your beliefs
through interviews with eight contemporary environmentalists working in media, wildlife
research, urban planning, and a variety of other fields.
(Sierra Club, (415) 977-5653, email@example.com,
free). Tomorrow's Planet is a quarterly newsletter for kids in grades K through 6 who want
to help make the world a better place. Each issue focuses on a different environmental
theme, from clean water to endangered species, with articles, games, and activities.