FAQ

When will I have the book in my hands?

We estimate that, if there are no unexpected hold-ups, the e-book will be ready to deliver in mid-December 2017, and the hardcover book will be ready to ship in March 2018. We will notify you if there are any changes to this.

Can I get it in time for the Holiday Season?

The eBook will be ready to send out in mid-December, which will mean, if you want to give it as a gift, you will be in time for the holiday season. The hardcover book will be available in March 2018 (in the event of no unforeseen delays).

Where are you shipping from?

We will be printing the book in the UK and shipping from there to two fulfilment warehouses: One via land transport to a fulfilment facility in the UK and one, via cargo ship, to a fulfilment centre in the USA. From there, orders will be processed and packaged and sent out to you from whichever warehouse is closer to your region and has the most competitive shipping rate.  A full shipping policy will be available closer to the shipping date.

What age-group is this book aimed at?

There are three parts to this book, each having appeal to a slightly different age group, which extends its lifespan for its intended audience. The story book part is written with 4-8 year olds in mind. The science part of the book can be read to a child of any age, but its concepts and world-view perspective are better suited to children 6+. The action plan poster is for everyone, including adults. Every member of the family can get something useful from this book.

Does it come in languages other than English?

Not yet! But we’d love it to. The idea is to reach as many people as possible as this is a global problem, not just an English-speaking one. If there’s a language you’d like to see this book printed in, let us know. If we hear from enough of you, translation is the first thing on our list.

Why is the price in Euros? How much is it in US$, GBP, AU$, CA$, and other currencies?

World Saving Books is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where the Euro is the local currency. If you would like to know the equivalent cost in your local currency, we suggest you use a currency converter app or visit trusted currency converter site http://www.xe.com/ .

Is the book available in stores or via other online retailers?

For now, it is available exclusively via World Saving Books’ site.

Doesn’t printing and shipping books add more carbon emissions?

Ordinarily, it does. Almost everything we do has a carbon footprint of some kind. But it wouldn’t make sense for us to make a book about tackling climate change while adding carbon emissions in the process. So, we decided to make our book carbon neutral. We are working with an award-winning carbon neutral printing house, whose eco-credentials are impeccable. We are printing in the UK, rather than China, to minimize long-distance freight. We are choosing the most sustainable packaging we can find, and looking for delivery methods with the lowest carbon footprint possible. We will offset any shipping emissions via participation in a carbon offset scheme. The cost of this is included in the cover price of the book. So, you can rest easy when you order your book that you are not adding to the problem. But, if owning a 100% recycled, sustainably printed, carbon-offset physical book still worries you, you can always opt for the eBook instead.

Do eBooks have a carbon footprint?

Although an eBook is not a physical item, it does still take energy to produce and transmit. It also has to be played on a device, which has a carbon footprint all its own. And that footprint gets ever larger if you frequently update your devices. We can’t control that end of things, as that’s down to individual choices. Down the track, we plan to submit our entire process, including our eBook production, to a full carbon audit to ensure that we get our entire operation as close to carbon neutral as possible.

Can you guarantee your carbon neutrality?

We will be working with production and shipping partners who share our goals to reduce or eliminate altogether their carbon output. And any carbon we can’t eliminate at the source, we will offset with a trusted carbon offset program. We will always be transparent about our efforts to neutralize our carbon footprint.

If you see what we’re doing, and know ways we could do it better, to lower emissions even further, please get in touch and let us know. We’d rather not create any emissions, rather than having to offset them… and ideally, we’d like to be carbon negative, where buying a book will actually help reduce the carbon problem.

If this book is so great, why isn’t is being published by one of the big publishing houses?

A traditional publishing route was the original plan for this book. But once we realized that this book wouldn’t fit neatly into the categories defined by publishers and their marketing departments, and that zero-carbon production methods aren’t the norm in the publishing industry, we decided to publish it ourselves.

This book crosses genres, and is longer and more in-depth than the usual picture book, thus defying neat marketing definitions. It is also one with impeccable sustainability credentials. We’re publishing it ourselves so we don’t have to compromise on what we feel is essential to making a great kids’ book about climate change.

Should we really be talking to our kids about climate change? Isn’t that too scary/depressing?

We absolutely should be talking to our kids about climate change. It is a fact of life and something they will not be able to avoid dealing with, in one way or another. The question is not whether we discuss it with our kids, but when and how. The aim isn’t to frighten children with this information. It’s to inform them and empower them to act (and to push you, the decision makers of the household to act). Climate change is a reality that both now, and in coming years, has the potential to affect many aspects of our lives – from food and water availability and price, to immigration, national security, species diversity, extreme weather events – the list goes on. It’s up to you how much information you want to share with your child and when. But we strongly believe that it isn’t harmful to educate your child about how to better care for our planet. Frame the conversation that way, if you are at all concerned. This book is designed to start a conscious shift in behavior that is family-wide. When your child asks for a pre-packaged snack when an apple is available, there’s an opportunity for you to discuss why the latter is preferable. When you start a worm farm or a compost with your child, you can explain why, and how your actions have a beneficial knock-on effect to the whole system. It is never too early to teach children about action and consequence. And the key to making a difference to the health of the planet is if every one of us is making conscious, deliberate choices to minimize the harm we do.

Is climate change even real?

The consensus is in. Climate change is real. And we know it caused by us, and our burning of fossil fuels. Anyone who claims otherwise is either uniformed about the overwhelming scientific evidence, or is directly benefitting from obscuring or denying the truth. There is a formidable climate-change-denial industry, funded by those who benefit from the proceeds of the fossil fuel industry, and they are experts at sewing doubt and adding confusion to the discussion. You only have to look at the evening news to see that history-making extreme weather events, large scale degradation to our natural resources, and all the flow on effects that this is having for the human, flora, and fauna inhabitants of this planet, is very real and happening on a daily basis. If you are still unconvinced, we’d like to suggest you look at these excellent resources which will explain the issues to you better and in more detail than we can in a children’s book or an FAQ.

For debunking climate change denial myths: www.skepticalscience.org

For a user-friendly overview of the science (causes, impacts, solutions): https://www.climatecommunication.org/

For those not afraid of a slightly technical look at cutting edge climate science, a blog run by leading climate scientists (including book co-author Michael E. Mann): http://www.realclimate.org/

What will happen if we don’t do something about climate change?

If we don’t ramp down our burning of fossil fuels rapidly and enact measures to limit the damage already done, our future on this planet will look grim. Increasingly extreme weather events, the disruption of food and water production and supply chains, and countless other realities are guaranteed in the absence of dramatic action. A well-known climate change saying, adapted from a Chinese proverb, goes like this: The best time to stop burning fossil fuels is twenty years ago. The second-best time is today.

The best thing about acting on climate is that the lifestyle changes we’re required to make will only result in a healthier, more stable planet. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by acting now.

What will happen if we do do something about climate change?

If we act collectively, to not only make changes in our individual lives, but to put pressure on businesses and governments to make the kinds of large-scale systems changes that are necessary, then we are in with a chance of preserving the planet we love. Not just for ourselves, but for future generations. By putting sustainability at the heart of every decision we make, we are ensuring the longevity of the planet we live on.