By Harriet Rohmer
This inspiring booklet offers the real tales of 12 humans from throughout North the USA who've performed good things for the surroundings. Heroes comprise a teenage lady who discovered how you can eliminate an commercial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican celebrity wrestler who works to guard turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his neighborhood and his kingdom improve potent e-waste recycling courses. lots of images and illustrations deliver every one compelling tale vividly to lifestyles.
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She pointed out where the big gas pipeline was going to cross people’s yards and the fields where they worked. Escaping gas could cause an explosion and fire, she explained, and operations out in the ocean would make the air dirtier. People were already suffering because of pollution from a nearby power plant. “Many people had to use respirators to breathe, including my father. I didn’t want to end up like that. ” Erica’s neighbors were worried, but they didn’t know what to do. Erica didn’t know either, but she cared too much to stay silent.
Santo asked his audience to support the work of WILDCOAST as well as other groups in Mexico and the United States that are working to protect the lagoon. Some, like the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), are keeping industry out by purchasing the rights to the land around the lagoon so others can’t build on it. Others are helping local people make money through farming or whale-watching tours, so they won’t have to sell their land. When Santo visited the school near the lagoon, he told the kids that their lagoon was one of the most beautiful places in the world.
There were other dangers, too. In 1973, a 16-year-old boy was mowing the lawn when a spark from his lawnmower ignited gas that had leaked from a pipeline. The explosion killed him and his elderly neighbor. Margie was grown by that time and was teaching school. But like everybody else in Old Diamond, she was scared. ” Most of the people in Old Diamond wanted to move—and they wanted the oil company to pay for it. But how could they make one of the most powerful companies in the world listen to them?