‘Tilly and the Tur­tle’ aimed at the lit­tle ones

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KAREN Har­vey has writ­ten a chil­dren's book de­pict­ing the dan­gers of lit­ter­ing, with spe­cial ref­er­ence to how lit­ter­ing af­fects the ocean. Har­vey who pub­lished the book, Tilly

and the Tur­tle last month, said she was will­ing to go around East Lon­don schools reading the book to chil­dren, where they will also be able to ask ques­tions about lit­ter­ing – and in­ter­act with her.

The book is de­vel­oped around a re­al­life tur­tle res­cue – and the link to the YouTube video of the res­cue, is in­cluded at the end of the book.

“An in­tel­lec­tual and an emo­tional con­nec­tion can be made and hope­fully in­crease the un­der­stand­ing of how lit­ter­ing dam­ages our environment,” she said. Through her book she in­tends to gen­tly re­mind peo­ple that ac­tions have con­se­quences.

“It is about show­ing that even though you can’t see the ef­fects of lit­ter­ing, but once the lit­ter has dis­ap­peared down the stormwa­ter drains, there is a def­i­nite con­se­quence,” she said.

“What you teach a child at an early age will stick [with them] and they will re­mem­ber it for the rest of their lives. We need to raise chil­dren who are able to take care of the environment.”

Har­vey said peo­ple had be­come too care­less when it came to the environment.

“We use plas­tic and then throw it away with­out think­ing what hap­pens to it later. “An­i­mals are harmed by our care­less­ness and it is bad,” she added.

The au­thor said she hoped chil­dren would com­mune more with nature through reading of the book.

“We need to raise chil­dren who are able to take care of the environment. The book is more about get­ting the mes­sage out there,” Har­vey said.

De­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a waste min­imi­sa­tion ini­tia­tive for hos­pi­tals trig­gered her in­ter­est in tak­ing care of the environment.

If a school would like to in­vite her to read the book to them, they can call her on 071-350-6910.


DON’T LIT­TER: Karen Har­vey pub­lished the book ‘Tilly and the Tur­tle’ re­cently. The book aims to teach chil­dren not to lit­ter and the dan­gers it poses to planet Earth

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