Josie’s Blog

Organizing Works: How Prospect Park Went Car-Free

By on Jan 15, 2018 in Josie's Blog | 0 comments

  Since Josie’s from Brooklyn, we thought we should feature some good news from the borough: Starting Jan 1, 2018, Prospect Park is 100% car-free. That means it’s safer than ever for bikers, runners, pedestrians, roller skaters and skate boarders.  And the air will be cleaner. The Fourth Grade Bike Brigade is happy! Those of you who read Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade will remember that the kids wanted to ride to school to reduce the amount of gasoline they used. Burning gasoline is one of the big causes of global warming.  But it took a lot of organizing to get the kids to ride, and it took some convincing to get the grownups to agree to paint bike lanes to make riding safer. The same thing happened in real life Brooklyn. Groups like Transportation Alternatives have been pushing for a car-free park for years. Cars used to drive any time on the park’s main road. Then they were banned on weekends. Then they were restricted only to rush hours, and then reduced to one lane. Meanwhile, people have not been waiting around for the rules to change. There are more people using the park than ever. But having those people share the road with cars isn’t safe. It’s too crowded on the road. People wrote letters and organized protests until they won! Finally, last fall Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting January 1st, no cars are allowed in the park at all, except for emergency vehicles. Basically, the bikes and the runners took over.  And the mayor and his staff finally realized that cleaner air and a safer park went hand in hand. Gotta stop writing this blog now. It’s time for a ride in the park! But remember-organizing works!...

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Climate is not the same as weather!

By on Jan 5, 2018 in Josie's Blog | 0 comments

  It’s been a cold winter so far in Josie’s hometown of Brooklyn. New Year’s Eve was so cold that the President tweeted about it: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming…” When we have cold weather, does that mean global warming isn’t happening? Of course not! First, let’s remember that global warming and climate change are the same thing. They refer to the gradual warming of the average temperatures all over the earth (including the oceans). The weather changes every day, but the climate changes only very gradually. Weather is what we experience each hour, day and week. Climate is the pattern of weather and the averages over the course of the whole year. The weather determines what we wear. The climate determines what kinds of animals and plants live in a place, and what kinds of crops can grow. If you have salad for dinner it doesn’t mean you’re a vegetarian. If you catch a cold it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy. And if it’s cold for a few days, it doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening. When it’s cold, lots of people joke they’d like to get some global warming. But they’re joking. Josie and her pals enjoy a good global warming joke as much as anyone. Unfortunately, denying climate change isn’t...

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Book 3 is out! Buy Josie and the Trouble with Trash

Book 3 is out! Buy Josie and the Trouble with Trash

By on Oct 12, 2017 in Featured Slider, Josie's Blog | 0 comments

Trash is piling up all over Brooklyn. Where does all this trash come from? And where does it all go? Josie and the gang become trash detectives. But this time, they have to organize their teachers too. And just as they are making progress, Josie’s brother Damien, who has been acting strangely, disappears! That leads to the biggest surprise yet in the Josie Goes Green series. Our third book, Josie and the Trouble with Trash, is OUT! Buy the...

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Josie Meets a Jaguar: Check out Book 2!

Josie Meets a Jaguar: Check out Book 2!

By on Feb 8, 2017 in Featured Slider, Josie's Blog | 0 comments

  BUY NOW!  Can Josie Save the Jaguar? When Josie meets a jaguar in the Amazon rainforest, she and her new friend Lucia discover a secret: The forest is in big trouble. Back in Brooklyn, Josie and her gang are ready for action. To save the Amazon, they create a solar company, award-winning photographs, a new dance and the funnest night ever. Will that be enough to save the forest and the jaguar? Josie is going nuts waiting to find out. Publisher Dede Cummings says: “We’re delighted to have Josie back. She’s our feisty nine-year old crusader and the heroine of the first ever children’s ‘cli-fi,’ or climate fiction.” The book is for ages 7-11 and is appropriate for schools, school districts, children’s social issue book clubs, and families. The book opens with a dramatic encounter between Josie and a wild jaguar. That leads to a discovery of illegal logging near the indigenous village she is visiting. The book toggles back and forth between action in Ecuador and the kids back in Brooklyn who are working to support the villagers as they make a decision about logging. Illustrated by veteran children’s book artist and Brooklyn, NY resident, Janet Pedersen, Josie comes alive again on the page with her furry friends and classmates—along with their dance-crazy teacher! Book 2’s theme of protecting the natural world while acting in solidarity with indigenous peoples echoes the current campaign of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The co-authors Antonia Bruno and her parents are delighted that Antonia’s brother Benjy has joined the team and contributed to this book. All four have visited the Ecuadorian rainforest, a visit that helped inspire this book. Praise for Josie Meets a Jaguar “Josie, the irrepressible fourth-grade green crusader, returns with a rousing adventure and an international eco challenge.” —Mike Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club “Any book with Jaguars and leeches is definitely worth reading—and this series is turning into a classic!” —Bill Mckibben, Author of Eaarth “How wonderful it was to spend time again with Josie, her friends and family, and be inspired by her passion for protecting the environment. I wish there were more books like this that help kids think about how they can be citizens of...

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