Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

by Paul Fleischman

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What's really going on with the environment—in our own backyards and the wider world? Conflicting information is offered by websites, magazines, and documentaries that blur the line between news and opinion. Not every report is reliable; not every interest group is actually composed of concerned citizens. In this dynamic account, award-winning author Paul Fleischman arms teens with the basic tools to uncover vested interests and falsehoods by vetting sources, following the money, and checking references so that they can make informed decisions about what actions to take in the worldwide battle against climate change, overconsumption, and dwindling resources. Extensive backmatter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491552629
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Fleischman has written novels, plays, poetry, and nonfiction. He has received the Newbery Medal, been a finalist for the National Book Award, and was the U.S. nominee for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Table of Contents

Noticing 1

Optical Illusions 2

The Essential 8

My Town/Your Town 22

Perception 26

Vested Interests 28

Common Sense 34

Out of Sight 40

In the Now 46

Backstory: The Oil Embargo 50

Defense Mechanisms 54

Denial 56

Projection 64

Regression 68

Systems 72

Democracy 74

Capitalism 78

Backstory: Ozone 84

Attitudes 86

Science to the Rescue 88

Never Retreat 94

No Limits 102

Losing Control 108

Backstroy: Kyoto 114

Eyes Abroad and Ahead 118

Conflict 120

Chindia 128

Fixes 136

Coming Soon 142

How to Weight Information 154

Source Notes 158

Bibliography 176

Suggested Resources 181

Glossary 185

Acknowledgments 190

Image Credits 191

Index 193

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JulianaMae More than 1 year ago
Imagine a world where the planet is slowly wearing away, falling apart. There are all kinds of natural disasters: hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis. The water is slowly creeping in to take over the land. Other places are missing water. The air is virtually unbreathable. It’s polluted and dirty and very unhealthy. You want to get away from it, but there’s nowhere to go. It is air. It is life. It is all around you. It is essential. Now guess what. This is the world you’re living in. Eyes Wide Open is written by a man named Paul Fleishman who starts off the book by saying he lives in a town in California that is so small that it doesn’t even merit a traffic light. Just a few years earlier, Fleishman didn’t know a whole lot about the stuff he talks about in his book. His curiosity started with a dead bee. Because of that, he walks you through Eyes Wide Open. He’s very careful about what you may or may not know, but it’s not dumbed down either. There’s a glossary in the back, too, for any words he’s underlined that you might not know. He gives you a good rundown of the topics he wants to cover, and then gives you the option of finding out more information in side notes with websites, book titles, and pictures. Eyes Wide Open is full of fun pictures! As basic as Fleishman is in Eyes Wide Open, it seems to me he didn’t just talk about the earth and the environment, trying to guilt you into caring more and doing something, like you might think, or maybe like other things you’ve read. It’s obvious he wants you to do something, and that something is to be aware. He’s trying to literally open your eyes. And not just about the environment, but everything-the food you eat, the world you live in, the information you’re told. A lot of things in this world are deceiving. Eyes Wide Open seems like the perfect book for someone who doesn’t know a whole lot about the environment. I thought it was pleasantly ironic that I heard about solar roadways while I was reading this book. Solar roadways sound amazing. I hope Paul would approve. I liked how the book didn’t just focus on America and what we can and are doing, but it focused on parts of the world you might not know too much about like India and China. We’re all tied. Everything you do affects someone else, whether it be environmentally or otherwise. Keep your eyes open and see.