I’m thrilled that The Thing About Jellyfish has won a Green Earth Book Award from the Nature Generation.
I tried to weave my concern for Earth’s ecology, and my deep love for this magnificent planet we share, into every page of the book. There are jellyfish blooms, glimpses of our planet from space, references to the sixth mass extinction, reflections on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and a single (hard) moment where a child engages in an act of animal cruelty. Those things are real, all of them.
But I know a lot of kids. Kids give me hope. Talk to adults (including me) about dire problems, and they’ll sigh, and say “yeah, that’s terrible.” Then they return to doing exactly what they were doing before. Talk to children, and they want to do the right thing. They’re not stuck. They’ll eager to do better. That’s why, in the end, this book is one of hope.
I’m so honored that the Nature Generation recognized the book. More than that, I’m grateful they exist, carrying messages of environmental stewardship to a new generation.
Happy Earth Day, all.