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Going Blue
A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.Philippe Cousteau, and EarthEcho International 
Going Blue

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Water is the most important substance on Earth; it is also the most threatened—by climate change, trash, and pollution (such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico). Young people across the globe are responding to the world water crisis by transforming their ideas and energy into action and participating in service learning. The call to service is being sounded by world leaders such as President Barack Obama, Jane Goodall, and Philippe Cousteau—grandson of Jacques Cousteau and a champion of the new generation of environmental activists. Teens are answering the call to help our environment by being green, and to rescue our oceans and waterways by going blue.

Going Blue vividly presents facts and statistics about Earth’s oceans and waterways and information about the issues surrounding our current water crisis. Readers will find a wealth of strategies and examples that help them see themselves as change agents and move forward to complete an effective service project. The book is divided into the five stages of service learning:

STAGE 1: Find Out → Investigate
STAGE 2: Dive In → Prepare
STAGE 3: Get Going → Act
STAGE 4: Think Back → Reflect
STAGE 5: Tell It → Demonstrate

With the aid of lively photos and illustrations, along with practical suggestions and activities, teens plan and do meaningful service learning projects that benefit our planet’s water system.

“Everything you do makes a difference. What can you do to make a positive difference?” —Philippe Cousteau, CEO, EarthEcho International

Be water smart. Go blue.

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Table of Contents
"Bottled Water" (book excerpt)
“Where's the Water in Your Backyard?” (book exceprt)
"Plastics, Pollution, & Trash" (book excerpt)
"Take Action" (book excerpt)
Afterword for Teachers, Youth Leaders, Parents, & Other Adults



About EarthEcho International
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster extraordinary leaders to take action to restore and protect our oceans. Led by Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho’s programs are dedicated to the legacy of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., whose devotion to the conservation and restoration of the oceans is one that can be shared by all people.

Philippe Cousteau’s nonprofit organization EarthEcho International has partnered with Discovery Education, Free Spirit Publishing, and other organizations to create Water Planet Challenge, the premiere online destination where middle and high school students can dare to change the world.


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160 pages, softcover, full-color, 6" x 9", ages 11 & up, ISBN 978-1-57542-348-7

F&P: Grade 6/Ages 11 & up/Y
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  • Nautilus Gold Award winner - Middle Grade & Teen Nonfiction 
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Award Winner, ForeWord Magazine
  • Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family 
  • 100 Best Children’s Products—Dr. Toy
  • 10 Best Socially Responsible Products—Dr. Toy

“Gives motivated and ambitious teens the tools and inspiration needed to take action for saving the planet’s water and everything that relies on it.”—Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute

“[Going Blue] really gets the reader motivated . . . A good way to get started helping the planet.”—Bristol Herald Courier

“A well-organized, enlightening, and effective guide on becoming an active participant in protecting our world’s water resources. [It is] designed for teens . . . however, most readers will find it interesting and, most importantly, motivating.”—Robert Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor and service-learning coordinator, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University

“Visually appealing. Step-by-step sections help students navigate the potentially complex and overwhelming task of making a change in their world . . . supports integration of [service] projects in classrooms, after-school programs, or any place where the potential for activism exists.”—Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers

“With a balance of sobering facts and inspiring accounts of communities creating real change, this welcome title will attract a broad range of student researchers, casual readers, and committed activists, who will particularly benefit from the extensive resource lists.”—Booklist

“One of the Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth.”—Booklist

“Addresses the current threats facing one of our planet's most precious resources and gives teens the tools to put their ideas for saving these natural resources into action.”—Gifted Child Today

“An exciting challenge to kids [and] a mini treasure trove of information and well documented research and action stories.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch

“Not just another book about the environment, this volume . . . [has] outstanding features [that] include fact-filled sidebars, stories about scientists, full-color charts, and an abundance of high-quality photos . . . Instructors will find this to be a valuable resource for planning active learning exercises.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Not to be missed for the environmentally conscious.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch: Environmental Studies Shelf

“Kaye and Cousteau have set the stage for active involvement of young people in the preservation of their oceans and their planet. It doesn’t get much more important than that.”—Robert Shumer, Ph.D., Information for Action: A Journal for Service-Learning Research with Children and Youth

“[A] valuable how-to manual for [anyone] wishing to protect our precious resource of water.”—VOYA

“After reading this book, I feel very empowered. Philippe Cousteau says it simply and powerfully: ‘Everything you do makes a difference.’”—Justine Seligson, “Just-Teens Travel” columnist

Going Blue is an essential book for teens, parents, teachers, and everyone who cares about the future of the planet. A must-read.”
Dan Buettner, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Blue Zones and Thrive

“If we truly want to save and protect our water planet for future generations, then we must empower youth with the knowledge, technology, and tools to become tomorrow’s change agents. The good news is that Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau’s Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands offers young people an easy-to-read guidebook that energizes and empowers an entire generation to take part in sustainable activities that benefit and ultimately save our environment.” —Lori McFarling, CMO, Discovery Education

“Saving our water planet requires the full engagement of young people. Going Blue is just the map needed to show them the way—translating concern into relevant, powerful action. As Kaye and Cousteau emphasize early in this important guide, there is no greater threat to our oceans than increasing CO2 in the atmosphere, leading to global warming and ocean acidification. If you’re ready to do more than just talk about reducing your carbon footprint, this is the book for you.”
Harriet Sanford, President and CEO, National Education Association Foundation

“Jacques Cousteau would be proud of Going Blue. His grandson, Philippe, is taking up his challenge, and is bringing a new generation with him. Philippe and Cathryn are helping to form tomorrow’s leaders and build a better future for us all.” —Daniel J. Basta, Director, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

“Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Philippe Cousteau leads a modern, passionate, and inspiring call to action to protect the planet’s most precious resource—water. With Going Blue, he and Cathryn Berger Kaye have developed a motivational and active guide that helps young readers understand the fragility and importance of our oceans and waterways. It will inspire all to live differently.” —Laura Michalchyshyn, President and General Manager of Planet Green, Discovery Health, and FitTV

“Kaye and Cousteau have given us a call to action. All forms of life as we know it depend upon our oceans and waterways. Saving them is not a matter of good will; it is imperative for our survival.” —Laurie David, Author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming

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