The headlines are grim. The oil disaster in the Gulf (http://www.freespirit.com/) has devastated our oceans' wildlife and destroyed the livelihoods of those who work on the water. The world's ocean temperatures are the warmest ever recorded. Polluted lakes and rivers are being added to endangered lists every day. And in many countries, safe drinking water is hard -- if not impossible -- to find.
Young people across the globe are responding to the world water crisis by transforming their ideas and energy into action and participating in service learning (http://www.freespirit.com/). The call to service is being sounded by world leaders such as Barack Obama, Jane Goodall, and Philippe Cousteau -- grandson of Jacques Cousteau and champion of a new generation of environmental activists. Cousteau has joined forces with service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye to give teens the tools and inspiration to answer the call with ''Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands'' (Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99).
More than a "how to" handbook, ''Going Blue (http://www.freespirit.com/catalog/item_detail.cfm?ITEM_ID=710)'' is an adventure guide -- a window into the world of water. The book vividly presents facts and statistics about Earth's oceans and waterways and information about our current water issues.
''Going Blue'' is divided into the five stages of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Packed with vital information, practical strategies, useful tips, and inspiring examples of real-life teens in action around the globe, ''Going Blue'' will help kids identify water-related needs in their own communities and make real, positive change. Many teens have helped our environment by going green -- now it's time to rescue our waters by going blue.
Praise for ''Going Blue'':
"Jacques Cousteau would be proud of 'Going Blue.' His grandson, Philippe, is taking up his challenge, and is bringing a new generation with him. Philippe and Cathryn are helping to form tomorrow's leaders and build a better future for us all." -- Daniel J. Basta, director, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
"Kaye and Cousteau have given us a call to action." -- Laurie David, author of ''The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming''
"A must-read." -- Dan Buettner, New York Times best-selling author of ''The Blue Zones'' and ''Thrive''
About the Authors
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., is a former classroom teacher, a nationally recognized expert on service learning, and an international service learning consultant. She works with state departments of education, university faculty and students, school districts, and classroom teachers on a variety of educational issues such as service learning, civic responsibility, student leadership, and respectful school communities. She also is the author of ''THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SERVICE LEARNING'' and the ''How to Take Action!'' series, including ''A KIDS' GUIDE TO PROTECTING & CARING FOR ANIMALS'' and ''A KIDS' GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING.'' Cathryn lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Philippe Cousteau is the son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org]), the nonprofit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO. His goal is to engage and empower people to take action for a brighter future.
In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Philippe is cofounder of Azure Worldwide (www.azureworldwide.com]), a strategic environmental design, development, and marketing company. Philippe is the chief ocean correspondent for Discovery's Planet Green, where he works on various ocean and water-focused documentary programs. Along with his sister Alexandra, Philippe is the host of ''Blue August,'' an entire month of programming on Planet Green that celebrates our oceans (http://www.freespirit.com/). Philippe is currently a host for ''Oceans Blue,'' which will premiere in the United States on Planet Green in August 2010. In addition, he is the chief spokesperson for Environmental Education for Discovery Education.
CONTACT: Jenni Bowring, bowring(at)freespirit(dot)com
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