Author donates books on climate change to local schools

All primary schools in the Tavistock and Okehampton area will receive copies of the latest series of books from a best-selling author thanks to the sponsorship of the Okehampton Lions and the Deputy Mayor of Tavistock.

The Wild Tribe Heroes book series, written by Cornwall-based Ellie Jackson to teach children about climate change, follows different animals as they overcome challenges in their environment caused by climate change. The first three books in the series focus on plastic pollution.

The books also come with educational resources to help inspire teachers and students.

They received praise from Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles.

The mother of four said, “It is so important to me that we engage with our children in the right way. Because every story is true, kids can feel really connected to the animals and the issues they face, but every book has a happy ending with positive ideas for the future. I want children to feel empowered and inspired to make changes. ‘

The author’s books were chosen for the #BacktheFuture campaign, a contest run by Devon County Council and a Newquay-based crowdfunder that offered support for local projects trying to tackle climate change.

Ellie was one of eight winners to receive support and has now reached 100,000 schoolchildren in Devon with her books.

As part of the contest, participants had to manage their own crowdfunding and the contest organizers offered to match the donations made.

The books have now reached over 1.5 million children across the UK.

Ellie said: “Coping with the past 18 months has been incredibly difficult for all of us so I was overwhelmed by such support from the community in Devon.

“Even in the midst of a pandemic, people continue to care passionately about our environment, and I am delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm of the children in the months to come.

“I want to thank everyone for their kind and generous support who, incredibly, saw the project exceed its target in a matter of weeks.”

Every primary school in Devon is expected to receive copies of the three books Hunter’s Icy Adventure, Buddy’s Rainforest Rescue and Sunny’s Blazing Battle featuring a polar bear, an Indonesian orangutan and a koala respectively.

The Okehampton Lions Club sponsored the 14 primary schools in the Okehampton area so that students could have copies of the books in their school.

Okehampton Lion John Davey said: “The Okehampton Lions club are very proud to sponsor Ellie and her great work. The books are a lot of fun to read and also highlight the very serious issue of climate change that will affect our future generations if not addressed now. We wish Ellie all the best in this current adventure.

Tavistock’s Deputy Mayor Ursula Mann also sponsored the nine primary schools in the Tavistock area.

She said: “It is important that children receive positive ideas on how to tackle climate change. Ellie’s books are inspiring because they are based on real stories and show how people can make a difference.

“I sponsored the books because I want all of the kids in Tavistock to have stories of resilience and hope available as we build a sustainable future.”

Ellie is now asking schools to get involved in a school environment day in Devon tomorrow (12 November) to coincide with the end of the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

A wide range of activities are to take place during the day, including videos, workshops and other learning opportunities, all based on how people can work to stop climate change.

Ellie also works hard to bring together local charities focused on the environment.

So far, she has been in contact with Surfers Against Sewage, National Trust, RSPB and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, as well as with local climate and sea conservation groups.

To learn more about Environment Day, visit www.schoolenvironmentday.com

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