Eyes wide open : going behind the environmental headlines (#0942VP6)

by Fleischman, Paul

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8 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2014
Price: USD 15.49
Description: 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: 363.7; Int Lvl: YA
AR 7.7 MG 5 169345EN; RC 10.2 8; LEX 1080L; F&P Z


 


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Overview
From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 158-184), filmography (page 180), and index.;Noticing -- Optical illusions -- The essentials -- My town/your town -- Perception -- Vested interests -- Common sense -- Out of sight -- In the now -- Backstory: The oil embargo -- Defense mechanisms -- Denial -- Projection -- Regression -- Systems -- Democracy -- Capitalism -- Backstory: Ozone -- Attitudes -- Science to the rescue -- Never retreat -- No limits -- Losing control -- Backstory: Kyoto -- Eyes abroad and ahead -- Conflict -- Chindia -- Fixes -- Coming soon. "We're living in an aha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never seen before. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking - suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world. This book explains it. Using politics, psychology, and history for attitude, Eyes Wide Open shows how to see the principles driving events and attitudes, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Here's the briefing you need to comprehend the twenty-first century"--Back cover.

From the Publisher
Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them.

We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking -- suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world.

This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century.

Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: September 23, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition 2014.
  • Dewey: 363.7
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-7102-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-7102-0
  • Follett Number: 0942VP6
  • Interest Level: YA
  • ATOS Book Level: 7.7
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 5
  • AR Quiz: 169345EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 8
  • Lexile: 1080L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 09/15/14
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 07/01/14
  • Library Media Connection, 01/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 08/11/14
  • School Library Journal starred, 08/01/14
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 08/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (September 15, 2014 (Vol. 111, No. 2))
Grades 8-12. This remarkable book offers young people the tools they need to become informed, responsible global citizens. While it opens with a tale of Fleischman finding dead bees in his driveway, the discussion quickly broadens to consider the application of critical thinking skills to environmental issues. Rather than advising readers to take specific actions, Fleischman tells them how to evaluate information on topics such as climate change and encourages them to take action by charting a course that seems reasonable. He also discusses techniques to sway public opinion, such as sowing doubt, discrediting scientific studies, and hiding corporate funding of organizations promoting, for example, fossil fuels. The cascade of facts, observations, informed commentary, and sage advice may occasionally overwhelm. On the whole, though, thoughtful readers will appreciate this insightful, refreshing title’s broad scope, use of specific examples, and the many references to related books, documentaries, and online articles, lectures, and interviews. The appended How to Weigh Information section is particularly excellent. A Newbery Medal–winning writer, Fleischman notes that he is no trained scientist, but his exceptional ability to organize the information here and present it articulately makes him a notable citizen scientist.

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