‘We Can Save The Planet!’ was created when a colleague, who manages environmental awareness at Bournemouth Borough Council, challenged David to write a story for the Town’s Big Green Fortnight around environmental awareness for children.
As David says “When I asked my children about their thoughts, the first response I got from them was ‘There is no plan B’. This really inspired me to make everyone aware that time really is running out unless we all take action now.”
The book has a global feel with simple, yet colourful, pictures and messages that can be used to inform all ages and different reading abilities. It encourages children to challenge their peers and to change their habits but to have fun in doing so whilst underlining the important messages.
The messages resounded with Bournemouth’s Earth Charter Leadership Group which agreed to sponsor it. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century, http://earthcharteruk.org
Bournemouth Borough Council made a bold move in February 2008 when it became the first, and to date the only, local authority in the UK to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and ecological integrity by endorsing the Earth Charter.