So You Want to Know About the Environment by Bijal Vachharajani

Published by Red Turtle

How To Talk About Climate Change To Children Without Boring Them To Bits -Huffington Post

Ever wondered what it is like to live on a planet that’s a few degrees warmer, or how wasting food is the similar to flushing water down the drain, or what exactly does the word planned obsolescence mean. So You Want to Know About the Environment answers some of the questions about the world we live in, and how we impact it in different ways. The book looks at climate change, food, waste, water, and wildlife, complete with black-and-white illustrations. Packed with facts, jokes, activities, and stories from people working in the field in different parts of the world, the book will make children think, explore, and ask questions.

Cover: Mohit Suneja
What a delightful book. Absorbing. Informative. Entertaining. Forget about kids... I imagine it's adults who will probably get the most out of this light-hearted book that communicates such heavy-duty truths about the only planet we can call home. - Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia.
Packed with illustrations by Sayan Mukherjee
Vachharajani’s book reminds us why we would do well to be concerned about our planet’s wellbeing. - The Indian Express

School Interactions

Students at Be Me School and children at Cosy Nook Library, Bengaluru

Book Reading and Marathon Poetry Writing

Ages 9 to 11: A book reading along with a marathon wildlife poetry writing session. The author reads from her book. This is followed by a slideshow of Indian wildlife photographs taken by Radha Rangarajan of Nature InFocus. Children are divided into groups, and alongside each photograph, they write a two-line poem describing the image. At the end of the slideshow, each group would have written an entire poem. Students come up with fun rhymes, witty limericks, exquisite phrases, and learn about the natural history of each animal as well.

Book Reading and Quiz

Ages 11-13: So You Want to Know About the Environment Quiz, followed by a Book Reading. The quiz covers climate change, waste, water, food, and wildlife.

Quiz at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
This is very nicely written and has so many details that will interest children. It is about what is happening around them right now. - Ruskin Bond

Tiffin Tales Workshop: A farm-to- fork workshop for children between the ages of eight to 12. Children bring their dabbas and talk about the food they eat at home. Using activities and stories, we get children thinking about where their food comes from and the people who grow our food. Children are divided into four groups - millets, rice, cheese, and vegetables, for example. And one a chart paper they trace the journey of their food, how much water was taken to grow it, did it have pesticides and so on. The workshop veers in new directions by the tiffin that our young participants bring along, as well as by their own experiences and questions. (Only on special request).

Tiffin Tales at Lightroom Bookstore, Bengaluru


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