Going Blue: a Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye & Philippe Cousteau

This book is chock-full of statistics, and many of them are astounding and/or frightening.  Are you aware of how much water it takes to make a sheet of paper (2 gallons), a pair of jeans (500 gallons), or a hamburger (630 gallons)?  Did you know that people in the United States buy an estimated 34.6 billion single-serving bottles of water a year? Or that less than 20% of these plastic bottles are recycled?  Did you know that more than 17 million barrels of oil were used to manufacture plastic bottles in 2006, and the chemical compounds found in these plastic bottles have been linked to hormone disruption and cancer.   Scary stuff.

In addition to the statistics about water consumption, there are simple suggestions for how people can cut down on their water consumption — like shutting off the water when you brush your teeth (saves up to 10 gallons per instance) and using an automatic dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes (saves up to 2000 gallons per year if you only run the dishwasher when it’s full).  There is a brief overview of the history of oceanography, featuring Captain Jacques Cousteau and Dr. Sylvia Earle.  And, best of all, there are lots of inspiring stories about teens who have worked to educate others about the global water crisis and who have taken action to save oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands — with information on how you can take action too!

Happy Reading!

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