New nonfiction book for young readers raises the alarm for the climate crisis

New nonfiction book for young readers raises the alarm for the climate crisis

Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis, a timely nonfiction book written by biologist and science writer Ann Eriksson, is now available from Orca Book Publishers.

Written for young readers aged 12 and up, Urgent Message from a Hot Planet outlines the science behind global heating and its root causes, provides ways to take action and honors the efforts of the millions of youth and adult allies from around the world working tirelessly to make a difference.


  • Personal stories, poems and visual art about the climate crisis by youth from around the world
  • Photos and quotes from changemakers and climate heroes of all ages
  • Burning questions that highlight what many youth are asking themselves today

Urgent Message from a Hot Planet is the sixth book in the Orca Issues series that offers in-depth examinations of subjects that are often difficult to talk about.

Biologist and writer Ann Eriksson, is the author of five adult novels and two nonfiction books for younger readers: Dive In!: Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean and Bird’s-Eye View: Keeping Wild Birds in Flight. Ann is a director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy and works for the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, restoring nearshore marine ecosystems. Ann lives on Thetis Island, British Columbia.

Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Based in Vancouver, Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food.

Praise for Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis:

“[An] accessible first-person narrative that makes space for emotions as well as scientific facts and figures…A well-researched and emotionally impactful call to make choices that revitalize nature and our planet.—Kirkus Reviews

“I encourage any interested youth – and their parents – to read this book. It is an amazing achievement – comprehensive and informative, stretching from climate science to the intersecting issues of inequality and racism. Ultimately, it is a toolbox for hope.”—Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Saanich-Gulf Islands and former leader of the Green Party of Canada

Urgent Message from a Hot Planet, with its powerful and urgent message, is a must-read. Guaranteed to spur some readers to action, it is both frightening and hopeful. Highly Recommended.”—CM Reviews

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