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'Not hopeless or helpless': How children's book authors take on climate change

Illustration by Dr. Lena Champlin for "Coco’s Fire: Changing Climate Anxiety Into Climate Action."
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Illustration by Dr. Lena Champlin for "Coco’s Fire: Changing Climate Anxiety Into Climate Action."

You’re never too young to learn about climate change. Younger Americans are more likely to engage with the issue, according to research on Gen Z and Millennials from Pew.

This hour, we hear from the authors of three children’s books about climate change, and taking action, including UConn sociologist Dr. Phoebe Godfrey, meteorologist Paul Douglas, environmental scientist Lena Champlin, and resident in psychiatry Jeremy Wortzel.

Illustration by Fei Fei for "A North Pole Tale" by Dr. Phoebe Godfrey.
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Illustration by Fei Fei for "The North Pole" by Phoebe Godfrey.

GUESTS:

  • Dr. Phoebe Godfrey: Professor in Residence of Sociology, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Jeremy Wortzel: Co-Author, Coco’s Fire: Changing Climate Anxiety Into Climate Action
  • Dr. Lena Champlin: Co-Author and Illustrator, Coco’s Fire: Changing Climate Anxiety Into Climate Action
  • Paul Douglas: Meteorologist; Author, A Kid's Guide to Saving the Planet: It's not Hopeless and We're Not Helpless

Cat Pastor contributed to this episode which originally aired April 25.

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Katie is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show 'Where We Live.' She has previously worked for CNN and News 8-WTNH.
Catherine is the Host of Connecticut Public’s morning talk show and podcast, Where We Live. Catherine and the WWL team focus on going beyond the headlines to bring in meaningful conversations that put Connecticut in context.