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Coexisting in a Crowded World
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 48
Themes: access to resources, loss of habitat, human rights, overpopulation, equality
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 08/Oct/2019
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There are almost eight billion people alive today.

Having that many people in the world puts pressure on both social and natural resources, and we have to ask ourselves difficult questions like, What is our fair share? And how do we share more equitably? Ours to Share starts by giving an overview of human population growth, from the time when there were only a few hundred thousand people until now. The book goes on to examine some of the inequities that happen between people when natural and social resources are stressed and provides examples of people who have found innovative ways to share more equitably with their neighbors. The book also examines the impact our expanding population has had on other species. Finally, the book offers suggestions for actions kids can take to better the world from their own home, school and community.

Kirkus Reviews
“A strongly felt and convincingly argued case for more attention to fairness in the allocation of resources.”
“The informative text is very readable and, with many color photos and other design elements, the book looks inviting. A forward-looking guide to sharing the planet.”
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“Topics are well-explained and clearly tied to the central topic of overpopulation, making for a fascinating and educational read...While this book is aimed at middle-grade readers, it would make a great introduction to the topic of overpopulation for readers of all ages even adults. Ours to Share is a well-written and timely book, making it an excellent addition to the Orca Footprints Series.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Continues the mission to enhance awareness of global issues that youngsters can embrace at the local level, helping to make a difference for their futures. Highly Recommended.”
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“Well-organized…Photographs are powerful, the interest level is high and the author’s ability to whittle a huge topic into manageable chunks for young readers is noteworthy.”


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