Heroes of the Environment_ True Stories of People Who Are by Harriet Rohmer

By Harriet Rohmer

This inspiring publication offers the real tales of 12 humans from throughout North the US who've performed good stuff for the surroundings. Heroes comprise a teenage woman who found out the best way to get rid of an commercial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican megastar wrestler who works to guard turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his group and his kingdom strengthen potent e-waste recycling courses. lots of images and illustrations carry every one compelling tale vividly to lifestyles.

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I was really shocked. What if there was a leak or an explosion? ” She asked around in her community and found out that nobody knew about the project. ” Erica started going to meetings with her friends from the beach cleanup to educate herself about what was happening. Behind the new project was the largest mining company in the world, based in Australia. Their plan was to condense natural gas into a liquid by “supercooling” it to around –260? Fahrenheit (–162? Centigrade), and then ship it to their new floating processing station off the Oxnard coast.

On a boat in the lagoon, camera operators from five major Latin American networks filmed Santo in his silver mask as he reached out to pet a huge Pacific gray whale. San Ignacio Lagoon is one of the few places on Earth where these whales give birth. The warm waters of the lagoon help the baby whales survive until they develop blubber (whale fat) to protect them from the colder water of the open ocean. Santo explained to his television audience that companies want to mine salt and drill for oil and gas here—and to build big tourist resorts.

What could a science teacher and a group of middle school students possibly do to help? They began by exploring “their wetlands,” with the help of university scientists and local people who had grown up in the area. Kids learned to test water quality, organize group cleanups, plant trees to hold the soil in place, and help build cement barriers to keep saltwater out. Barry remembers an early outing with 35 students. “Now you have to become the experts,” he told them. Based on what they’d learned, he asked what they wanted to do first.

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