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This is the first post on a climate action site, set up by Australian children’s and young adult book creators. It’s early days for this blog, so stay tuned for more. We need YOU!

Its primary function is to convince, in whatever way we can, the irresponsible (at best), and weak politicians who refuse to take on stronger action to limit global warming to 1.5° above the long-term average, the only way to reduce the worst impacts of climate change.

We want this site to grow into an action space for KidLit creators.

We encourage you to be informed, seek out information from reputable places (we’ve included some links here), speak out about climate action to your friends, relatives and on social media. Share this blog on Social Media and say why you are doing so … personal anecdotes or thoughts are always a good lead in.

We also welcome other supporters – writers of adult books, artists, actors, poets, musicians and scientists who believe in immediate, high level Climate Action, not the mincing words of politicians.

Any guest bloggers who’d like to post on our site?
Any illustrators who’d like to feature your responses in art on this site?
Contact Sheryl on

Do not be afraid of the forces against the truth of climate change … the multi-millions spent by those who do not want their profits limited by climate action will not win against billions of people on a mission to survive.

Throughout history, the Arts have been at the forefront, along with others who seek positive change … and so it must be for this greatest challenge the world faces.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  –  Margaret Mead. Cultural Anthropologist

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6 thoughts on “#1 On changing the world

  1. Last night I finished the final-final edit on The Last Circus on Earth, out mid-2020, which follows the trials and tribulations of a young man in a freak show, travelling across Europe in 2070, in a world where global heating has caused almost complete civilisational collapse, a seven-metre sea level rise, the deaths of billions, and a retreat to various forms of medievalism.

    The circus isn’t what it seems, however, and the real quest is to not only understand what happened to the world and why, but to determine what might prevent it happening again. Human biology and nature being what it is, that meta-solution is fiendishly difficult. Solutions to the problems of global heating are easy, but overcoming our corrupt governments and the power of global corporate finance is anything but.

    I hope I’ve made inroads, however clumsy, in framing my discussion within an adventure story, and I’m very keen to see what other writers are doing in the same space. Whether we call it cli-fi, or working toward helping young people and children understand problems and their solutions, we’re all working toward the same goal. Survival.

    Best of luck to Sheryl and all of us.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing this grow as we all share ideas about what we can do to create positive change and encourage others to step up, too. Great initiative, Sheryl!

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