Al Jazeera Features Let’s Read and Ocean and Climate Action Storybook Series
February 24, 2022 — Al Jazeera features Let’s Read’s new Oceans and Climate Action children’s storybook series from the Pacific Islands. The ten new storybooks are a result of Let’s Read’s first-ever Booklab in the Pacific Islands held on the island nation of Fiji. The event brought together ten local artists, six writers, and four illustrators, to create stories around the theme of oceans and inclusive climate action and address the need for children’s books in Fiji’s native language.
Read the storybook series on the Let’s Read Asia library.
Listen to our InAsia interview on the storybook series with local Fijian writer Susie Elliot and Asia Foundation program manager Milika Sobey.
Masky’s Night of Adventure is part of a new ten-book adventure series created by a group of Fiji-based authors covering critical ocean themes spanning sea-level rises and pollution to ocean acidification and deforestation.
The colourful books are also part of a small number globally that address the need to include people living with disabilities in the fight for climate action.
“The ocean plays a big role in climate regulation,” said Milika Sobey, the Pacific Islands programme manager at The Asia Foundation, which initiated the project.
“While the ocean is so deeply embedded in the identity and culture of the Pacific Islands, many children in the region have already experienced firsthand the impacts of severe cyclonic events which are happening with greater frequency. They are experiencing firsthand the warmer ocean, the sea level rise, the destructive storm surges, the eroding coastlines and the trauma of relocation. But, we want Pacific children not to have to fear the ocean; rather they must be empowered to become respectful protectors of the largest aqua ecosystem in the world—the Pacific Ocean.”
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