Pachamama: Our Earth, Our Future

United Nations Environment Programme ; Peace Child International (1999)

This book is a perfect introduction for young people to the environmental challenges that await us in the 21st century. Based on the United Nations Environment Programme's authoritative Global Environment Outlook, it describes both the state of the world's environment and what action governments, and young people, are taking to address the problems we face. Drawn from the contributions of thousands of young people around the world, the book includes personal accounts, poems, illustrations and a fold-out Ecomaze game to test the reader's new knowledge in a fun and informative way. Pachamama is an Inca word that means much more than 'Mother Earth'. It suggests a lifestyle in harmony with nature - one the young authors of this book are passionate to promote to the wider world. Pachamama echoes the famous words reportedly spoken by Chief Seattle: "The Earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. This we know. We did not weave the web of life, We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves"

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