Books: Non-Fiction

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment

Eyes Wide Openeyeswideopen9780763675455 is a delightfully readable primer on the environmental crisis, especially focusing on what keeps people from addressing it, well, with eyes wide open.

Here’s what you won’t find in the book, Fleischman promises: “a list of Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth.” Fleischman offers irreverent observations about the rich and powerful, and how overlapping mechanisms of obfuscation prevent us from recognizing the enormity of the environmental crisis and what we need to do to address it. All along the way, Eyes Wide Open includes valuable annotated suggestions for further reading and watching, so the book also has a curricular dimension.

Use Eyes Wide Open alongside the Rethinking Schools book, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis. [Review by Rethinking Schools.]

ISBN: 9780763675455 | Published by Candlewick Press.