The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) has just released its newest weapon, which will arm children against the dangerous effects of climate change and create a generation that will impact real change for the good of the environment and the world.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AN AGENT OF CHANGE
The earth’s temperature is heating up, snowcaps are melting, the sea level is rising, the weather has become more extreme as different countries now experience stronger typhoons, more floods, droughts, and wildfires, harming hundreds of millions of people all over the world—including children.
According to UNICEF, children’s rights and the state of the environment are not mutually exclusive. In fact, children are one of the most vulnerable sectors to the impacts of climate change. It threatens their life, health, education, and their right to grow in a safe environment. It is estimated that around 503 million children live in areas with high risks of floods and rising sea levels, while 160 million live in areas experiencing drought. But despite these, children are the least heard when it comes to climate-related decisions.
“I Am the Change in Climate Change” is a response to this challenge. With child-friendly illustrations, age-appropriate language, and interactive activities, the book encourages children to learn about climate change: its definition, causes, and effects. The book’s easy day-to-day practices involve and empower kids by providing climate change education, awareness, and training. Most importantly, the book is a way to increase children’s adaptive capacity, promote environmental stewardship in the community, and raise a generation that’s capable of creating real change.
Geared for kids six to 12 years old, the UBS-funded book took 16 months to produce. It was written by Dr. Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay, a Professor of Geology at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) at the University of the Philippines with a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA. Dr. Alampay was a Balik Scientist Awardee of the Department of Science and Technology, and was awarded as one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) in 2007.
The informational activity book on the environment features artworks by the members of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), the country’s only organization of visual artists for kids. Ang INK was founded in 1991 with the primary objective of encouraging the creation, proliferation, and appreciation of illustrations for children. Its body of work represents an extensively diverse portfolio of quality and award-winning illustrations for children in the nation today.
Here’s a quick look at some of the pages:
“Climate Change is such an important and complex issue, but one that we felt is important to convey to children. It also fits well and is consistent with CANVAS’ interest in environmental issues,” CANVAS Executive Director Gigo Alampay said. “So we wanted to see if we could create an activity book on climate change specifically for children, but also one that was grounded in science and also reassuring to the extent of helping children realize that there are things they can do, even at that early age, to respond to and adapt to climate change.”
“I Am the Change in Climate Change” retails for P350 at www.lookingforjuan.com. Every purchase of this book is matched by a donation to two Filipino kids in disadvantaged communities through the store’s Buy-1-Donate-2 program, in support of CANVAS’ “One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children” Campaign.
Launched in 2019, Looking for Juan reimagines the way we shop and consume by shaping a world where every item purchased gives back. With social responsibility at its core, the store was created to promote public appreciation of Philippine art and culture and champion children’s literacy. It is home to CANVAS-published children’s activity books that cover art literacy, children’s rights, data privacy, fake news, what it means to be a Filipino, among others.
Some of the award-winning story book titles that it carries include:
- Silim: Prinsesa ng Dilim by Mark Joseph Bacho
- Why Words Matter: Why We Read and Why We Write by Butch Dalisay
- The Rocking Horse by Becky Bravo
- Mga Munting Patak ng Ulan by Jessica Olmedo
- Si Ponyang at ang Lihim ng Kuweba by Melvin B. Atole
- Ang Anghel ng Santa Ana by Josephine de Dios
- Ang Aklatang Pusa by Eugene Evasco.
For more information about or partnerships with Looking for Juan, visit www.lookingforjuan.com or contact [email protected]
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