Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Carbon Diaries 2015

I saw a random recommendation on Twitter for The Carbon Diaries 2015 and I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did because it is a really fascinating look at how climate change could affect London. I advise the Eco Club at a Green Flag Eco School, so this interests me, but even if you aren't an environmentalist, it's worth reading. Told from the perspective of caustic teen Laura, we see how quickly global warming can destroy society.

In the "future" 2015, the British government decides to impose a 60% reduction in carbon emissions, through the use of carbon rations. Laura starts out feeling irritated with the restrictions, but then the drought begins, and then the floods, then the cholera, and so on. Laura needs to grow up quickly, and so do we if we are to avoid this fate.

I loved how the environmental disasters unfolded in the background and then became the focus. It reminded me of another favorite, Life As We Knew It. While it skews mature for my sixth graders, I would recommend it for 8th grade and up. Even better, there is a sequel set in 2017. My goal is to read it before that date.

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