My 5: Artie Knapp, Author and Illustrator

November 15, 2011 by  
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Artie Knapp, author and illustrator. Photo: Courtesy Artie Knapp

Artie Knapp, author and illustrator. Photo: Courtesy Artie Knapp

When Blue Planet Green Living interviewed author Artie Knapp, we asked him our two favorite questions. Here are his responses. — Julia Wasson, Publisher

What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?

  1. Our water supplies are vital for our existence, and we must do a better job of keeping them clean. Among other things, we have to put a stop to garbage being dumped into our oceans.
  1. Improving our air quality by enforcing stricter emission standards is something that must never wane. We must also enforce stricter penalties on organizations that don’t properly dispose of chemicals.
  1. The BP oil disaster in 2010 was a strong reminder that we have to find safer alternatives for energy. Doing so will not only keep our air cleaner by having fewer vehicles burning fuel, but it will also help alleviate disasters that destroy food supplies, as well as natural habitats.
  1. We have to keep our communities cleaner by picking up waste. Cleaner communities help alleviate the spread of diseases and sickness.
  1. Bees are dying at alarming rates, and the ramification this will have on pollination is profound. If this rate continues our world’s food supplies will face dire consequences. This isn’t making headlines like it should be, and more funding is critical for scientists to get a better understanding of what is causing this to happen.

If you had two minutes with President Obama, what would you say to him?

I would tell President Obama that I appreciate his service to our country. I think he has done a lot of positive things, especially with what he inherited from his predecessor. I would also wish him well on his reelection bid in 2012.

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Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet


Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet by Artie Knapp

November 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Books for Kids, Conservation, Front Page, Slideshow

Living Green: A Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet by Artie Knapp

Living Green: A Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet by Artie Knapp

As a former elementary teacher and the parent of three grown kids, I’ve probably spent thousands of pleasant hours reading children’s books. I know the power of a book to persuade as well as to educate young readers.

When I taught first grade (and as a parent), I carefully chose books that provided a good story and, often, a positive lesson. In the 1970s, my students’ exposure to fictional environmental role models was pretty much limited to Woodsy Owl, whose cry, “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute,” inspired us all to care about our planet.

Today, children, parents, and teachers have a wealth of options to choose from for eco-friendly and inspiring books. One environmentally focused book that recently crossed my desk is Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet. The story will appeal to young readers, who will identify with the heroic turtle, Thurman, in this charmingly illustrated paperback.

Children’s author Artie Knapp spins an engaging tale about Thurman, whose sister’s wedding is nearly ruined by litter thrown from a passing car. Disgusted, Thurman sets out on a journey to stop pollution. He sees trash everywhere he goes, and it’s discouraging to the young turtle.

Yet, he eventually regains hope when he encounters a science class whose teacher is giving a lesson about protecting the environment. When Thurman’s life is endangered by the pollution he wishes to stop, resourceful children intervene to save him.

Living Green isn’t preachy, but it does impart an important message: If we want a clean, safe world, we all have to take responsibility for it. It’s a simple message, but an essential one. And childhood is the perfect time to share it.

The Fine Print

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