Frequently Asked Questions
It will be available as both an eBook and a hardcover printed book. The good news for all of you Kickstarter backers is that you don’t have to choose which one you want.
Every purchase of the hardcover book comes with an eBook download code (of both the book and action plan), which will be available by early-December. Which means you can start saving the world while you want for your hardcover to arrive.Last updated:
Ordinarily, it does.
Almost everything we do has a carbon footprint of some kind. But we know it would be incredibly hypocritical of us to make a book about climate change while adding carbon emissions in the process of getting out message out.
So, we decided to make our book carbon neutral. We are doing that by working with an award-winning carbon neutral printing house, whose eco-credentials are impeccable. Anticipating that most of our backers would be in Europe and USA, we are printing in the UK, rather than China, to minimize shipping.
In packing and delivering the books to you, we are choosing the most sustainable packaging we can find, and looking for delivery methods with the lowest carbon footprint possible. The shipping industry, while making leaps all the time to become more carbon efficient, is still not carbon free.
So, we plan to offset any emissions via participation in a carbon offset scheme. The cost of this is included in the cover price of the book. So you can rest easy when you support us that you are not adding to the problem. But, if owning a 100% recycled, sustainably printed, carbon-offset physical book still worries you, you can always become a climate hero by buying the eBook download.Last updated:
Pretty much everything we do in this modern world has a carbon footprint of some kind. Being aware of that, and doing your best to minimize it, is the first step in eliminating carbon emissions. (Steps two onwards, involve doing something about it!)
Although an eBook is not a physical item, it does still take energy to produce and transmit. It also has to be played on a device, which has a carbon footprint all its own. And that footprint gets ever larger if you frequently update your devices. We can’t control that end of things, as that’s down to individual choices.
But we are doing everything we can at our end. In the future, if the campaign is a success, we will submit our entire process, including our eBook production, to a full carbon audit to ensure that we get it as close to carbon neutral as possible.Last updated:
We will be completely transparent about this process. We will ensure to work with production and shipping partners who share our goals to reduce or eliminate altogether their carbon output.
And any carbon we can’t eliminate at the source, we will offset with a trusted carbon offset program.
If you see what we’re doing, and know ways we could do it better, to lower emissions even further, please get in touch and let us know. We’d rather not create any emissions, rather than having to offset them… and ideally, we’d like to get a point of being carbon negative, where buying a book will actually help reduce the carbon problem.
We’re all in the same boat and on the same mission – to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. So let’s help each other.Last updated:
eBooks are great. They’re less expensive than physical books, circumvent the need for production and the use of precious resources, and they have an incredibly tiny carbon footprint.
But there are a lot of people who don’t want to bring a tablet or eReader into a child’s bedroom at bedtime. And there are people who are in love with the physicality of a book… being able to touch it and smell it and cuddle your child while you read it together. And take it on roadtrips, and keep it in the family to pass on to the next generation.
So we are giving you the option. The good news for Kickstarter backers is that if you choose to buy the hardcover book, you get the eBook download too, which will be available by early-December. Which means you can start saving the world while you want for your hardcover to arrive.Last updated:
Our book will printed with 100% recycled, FSC approved materials, biodegradable non-toxic inks, and in a factory that runs on 100% renewable energy and. All waste from the factory is diverted from landfill and recycled.
We’ve chosen our printing partner carefully to ensure this.Last updated:
There are three parts to this book, each having appeal to a slightly different age group, which extends its lifespan for its intended audience. The story book part is written with 4-8 year olds in mind. The science part of the book can be read to a child of any age, but its concepts and world-view perspective are better suited to children 6+.
The action plan poster is for everyone, including adults.
Every member of the family can get something useful from this book.Last updated:
Not yet! But we’d love it to. The idea is to reach as many people as possible. Because there’s strength in numbers, and, in the absence of decisive government action to combat climate change, the next best thing is for concerned citizens to act together. That effort shouldn’t be hampered by borders or language. If there’s a language you’d like to see this book printed in, let us know. If we get enough support in this campaign, and beyond, translation into other languages in the first thing on our list.Last updated:
Why is the price in Euros? What is a Euro? How much is it in US$, GBP, AU$, CA$, and other currencies?
The Kickstarter platform is set up to be in the local currency of the person running the campaign. Megan, who is running the campaign, lives in Amsterdam (because everyone rides bikes there, they’re phasing out the sale of combustion vehicles by 2025, and the art galleries are amazing, among other reasons).
The local currency in the Netherlands is the Euro. We have been assured that all backers see reward prices converted to their local currency at checkout.
If, for some reason, you’re not seeing this, and you would like to know how much the book costs in your local currency, we suggest you use a currency converter app or visit trusted currency converter site http://www.xe.com/ . We considered posting a currency conversion table here as a rough guide, but currencies do fluctuate and we wouldn’t want to misinform you.Last updated:
We aim to be sending the files to the printer by mid-December, which means that, if there are no unexpected hold-ups, we will be looking at proofs before the end of the year, printing in January, and shipping and starting fulfilment in February. We have put a March delivery date down, to be sure that we will meet it. But we will update you along the way and if we can get the book to you earlier, then of course we will.
As for the eBook, you won’t have to wait as long. When we send the files to the printer in December, we will also be converting them into an eBook format. That code will be sent to backers the second it’s ready.Last updated:
The eBook will be ready to send out in mid-December, which will mean, if you want to give it as a gift, you will be in time for the holiday season.
The hardcover book will be in your hands as soon as we can get it there. We’re anticipating March 2018.Last updated:
We think so. We, the creators of this book, are not kids and we love it. As do our kids, who were loyal test subjects. For any of you who have had the pleasure of reading a good kids’ book to a child, you will know that one that’s well-written and well-illustrated is a joy for all to share.
And, if you’re struggling to get your head around the science of climate change, perhaps starting here, where the explanations are simplified, is a way forward. We want this to be a book that everyone gets something from.
If your children understand climate change and want to do something about it, with you, then it can be a group effort, something we are tackling in every household and across all levels of the community.Last updated:
Megan: I’m a writer and illustrator with twenty years of published work to my name. I’ve written, illustrated or designed the following things: kids’ books, adults’ books, television dramas, film productions, newspapers, magazines, logos, posters, and products. I’m also a mother. As both a writer and an illustrator, I put storytelling into everything I do. I’m a paid up member of SCBWI, and I’ve made it my business in the last 5 years of my career to learning everything I can about what makes a good children’s book. I’ve poured all that knowledge into the creation of this book.
Mike: I’m a climate scientist and science communicator who has won numerous awards in my field. I’ve authored more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited scientific publications, and published three books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, and most recently, The Madhouse Effect with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.Last updated:
Is this one of those Kickstarter books that has a great concept but it terribly written, with sloppy meter, substandard rhyme, and little to no narrative structure?
Some superb books and works of art have been launched on Kickstarter. As have some mediocre ones. And a couple of shockers.
Having watched, and supported, a lot of the self-publishing efforts that have come out on this platform, we’ve noticed that there is a subcategory of book that we’d like to call “brilliant idea with amateur execution.” We do not fall into this category.
We are professionals in our field and know how to write and illustrate well for children. No near rhymes here, folks! No unresolved plot points! No passive protagonists!Last updated:
When Michael and I started working together to create this book, we planned to go down a traditional publishing route. But once we realized that this book wouldn’t fit neatly into the categories defined by publishers and their marketing departments, once we discovered that zero-carbon production methods weren’t the norm in the publishing industry, and that traditional publishing methods have discouragingly long lead times, we decided to publish it ourselves.
The world can’t wait for 1-2 years for this book to come out. It’s already long overdue.
This book crosses genres, and is longer and more in-depth than the usual picture book, thus defying neat marketing definitions. It is also one with impeccable sustainability credentials.
We’re publishing it ourselves so we don’t have to compromise on what we feel is essential to making a great kids’ book about climate change.Last updated:
No, for now, it is available exclusively to Kickstarter backers. If the campaign is successful, we will be selling both the eBook and the Hardcover book online through a webstore.Last updated:
We absolutely should be talking to our kids about climate change. It is a fact of life and something they will not be able to avoid dealing with, in one way or another. The question is not whether we discuss it with our kids, but when and how. The aim isn’t to frighten children with this information. It’s to inform them and empower them to act (and to push you, the decision makers of the household to act).
Climate change is a reality that both now, and in coming years, has the potential to affect many aspects of our lives – from food and water availability and price, to immigration, national security, species diversity, extreme weather events – the list goes on. It’s up to you how much information you want to share with your child and when. But we strongly believe that it isn’t harmful to educate your child about how to better care for our planet. Frame the conversation that way, if you at all concerned.
This book is designed to start a conscious shift in behavior that is family-wide. When your child asks for a pre-packaged snack when an apple is available, there’s an opportunity for you to discuss why the latter is preferable. When you start a worm farm or a compost with your child, you can explain why, and how your actions have a beneficial knock-on effect to the whole system. It is never too early to teach children about action and consequence. And the key to making a difference to the health of the planet is if every one of us is making conscious, deliberate choices to minimize the harm we do.Last updated:
The consensus is in. Climate change is real. And we know it caused by us, and our burning of fossil fuels. Anyone who claims otherwise is either uniformed about the overwhelming scientific evidence, or is directly benefitting from obscuring or denying the truth. There is a formidable climate-change-denial industry, funded by those who benefit from the proceeds of the fossil fuel industry, and they are experts at sewing doubt and adding confusion to the discussion.
You only have to look at the evening news to see that history-making extreme weather events, large scale degradation to our natural resources (from melting polar ice caps, to dying coral reefs, and drought-stricken farmlands), and all the flow on effects that this is having for the human, flora, and fauna inhabitants of this planet, is very real and happening on a daily basis. If you are still unconvinced, we’d like to suggest you look at these excellent resources which will explain the issues to you better and in more detail than we can in a children’s book or an FAQ.
CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES:
For debunking climate change denial myths: www.skepticalscience.org
For a user-friendly overview of the science (causes, impacts, solutions): https://www.climatecommunication.org/
For those not afraid of a slightly technical look at cutting edge climate science, a blog run by leading climate scientists (including book co-author Mike Mann): www.realclimate.orgLast updated:
If we don’t ramp down our burning of fossil fuels rapidly and enact measures to limit the damage already done, our future on this planet will look grim. Increasingly extreme weather events, the disruption of food and water production and supply chains, and countless other realities are guaranteed in the absence of dramatic action. A well-known climate change saying, adapted from a Chinese proverb, goes like this: The best time to stop burning fossil fuels is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.
We’re not saying any of this for scare-mongering purposes. It’s real. It’s happening. And every day we fail to act is a day we are adding to the problem. The good thing about acting on climate is that the lifestyle changes we’re required to make will only result in a healthier more stable planet. So why wouldn’t we do that?
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by acting now.Last updated:
If we act collectively, to not only make changes in our individual lives, but to put pressure on businesses and governments to make the kinds of large-scale systems changes that are necessary, then we are in with a chance of preserving the planet we love. Not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
By putting sustainability at the heart of every decision we make, we are ensuring the longevity of the planet we live on. Surely no-one is against that idea?Last updated:
Backing our campaign, in and of itself, won’t do anything to help stop the effects of climate change. What will help is the actions you take in your individual lives to make changes for the better. Our book will help you, and every member of your family do that, by explaining the issues and creaking the larger problem down into smaller, more manageable steps.
The rest is up to you. But we believe in you.
That’s why we wrote this book.Last updated:
Doing something about climate change seems like a lot of hassle. Can’t we just have shorter showers and recycle the newspaper?
Nope. We’re dealing with a much bigger problem now. And many more people on the planet, drawing on more finite resources. We have to take bigger steps now to undo the damage we’ve already done and to prevent further damage from occurring. Personal actions are a critical part of the solution, but we must also put pressure on our policymakers to act on our behalf rather than the polluting interests who too often fund their campaigns. We need governmental policies that will incentivize the shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. Showing up at the voting booth is one of the key levers available to us to make that happen.Last updated:
We scoured the internet for others and could not find one. So yes, as far as we know, we are the world’s first. While we were heartened to learn that some of the bigger publishing houses are working towards carbon neutrality, and the printing industry as a whole is full of innovative, sustainable companies who are thriving under carbon neutral practices, we were dismayed to see how many books talking about the environment and climate change did not consider carbon neutrality as a core characteristic of their publication.
If you know of any other carbon neutral kids books out there, please let us know. We’d love to high five them in their efforts and will happily remove our “world’s first” claim and be friends with them forever and ever. We’re not about being the “only” carbon neutral book. We look forward to a future when everything we do and make in this world is carbon neutral.Last updated:
The final decision we make regarding packaging and shipping will be dependent on the number of backers we have and how many books we need to print, store and ship. Luckily for us, the printing industry has made huge leaps forward in making their production methods carbon neutral. The shipping industry isn’t quite there yet, as far as we can tell. But we will be investigating how to bring every aspect of this process as close to carbon neutrality as possible. And if we can’t find a way to cut the carbon at the source, we will offset the carbon by working with a trusted carbon offset program.
We intend to be completely transparent about the process and will keep you updated. If you know of any way we can reach our carbon-neutral goal with better choices for packaging and shipping, please do get in touch. We’re all in this together, after all.Last updated:
We will be printing the book in the UK and shipping from there to two fulfilment warehouses: One via land transport to a fulfilment facility in the UK and one, via cargo ship, to a fulfilment centre in the USA. From there, orders will be processed and packaged and sent out to you from whichever warehouse is closer to your region and has the most competitive shipping rate.
If we get a lot more support than we anticipated and need to look into fulfilling from other locations to lower the cost (in both a money and a carbon sense), then we will do that.Last updated:
Yes, if it’s shipping outside the region.Last updated:
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