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This book is the eighth of the Climate Science series, which takes us to a rural town in Turkey, where Semih and his friend Earthly will learn about the impact of climate change on human health. The journey follows Semih and his family as they flee their Turkish village because of a prolonged drought. After arriving in the tent city, Semih meets nurse Azra who explains how climate change affects people worldwide. Students will learn that, like Semih, they can raise awareness about climate change in their communities.
This resource highlights the impact of climate change on human health and how it affects people disproportionately in an age-appropriate manner. This book shows the realities of climate-induced migration and how people can work together to solve problems.
The book provides a chart on page thirteen which offers the opportunity to begin a discussion on socio-emotional health by discussing how mental health, relationships, and education help keep people healthy. Students could write a sentence in their journal or draw a picture of someone who helps them to stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
Teachers may want to review the words in the glossary and world map before reading the book.
Author's note: Turkey was selected as the setting for this story because it is located in one of the areas that is expected to be the most impacted by climate change: the Middle East and North Africa. This story is not based on current or true events in Turkey, but rather depicts a situation which is expected to become more common as climate change worsens (migration and displacement).
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