Let’s Save The Okavango Delta


The Okavango Delta is a climate change hotspot. This means that its survival is at a knife edge because human activities and the warming climate are contributing to dangerous changes.

Catherine Barr and Jean Claude describe this unique location, a delta in Botswana, filled with water that has travelled from the high grounds of Angola, across that country and through Namibia.

Not only is it a rich and varied ecosystem, but its flood plains attract a multitude of endangered species from elephant herds to 400 species of birds. It is also one of the most populated areas for safari animals. Then again, traditional peoples have made their homes here for centuries, while millions, including in the cities, rely on its supply of fresh water.

However, scientists are concerned about the effects of growth and the impact of farming and industry, including drilling. The information and evidence shown in Let’s Save the Okavango Delta makes it clear how special this place is. Then again, we are offered guidance as to how we might play a part in ensuring this area’s survival too.

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Let’s Save The Okavango Delta

Why We Must Protect Our Planet

Catherine Barr, illustrated by Jean Claude

(Walker Books)

Climate change is upsetting the balance of nature and threatening the most amazing places on Earth… Therefore, Catherine Barr explains Let’s Save the Okavango Delta.
It seems that this area in southern Africa is ‘one of the most spectacular wetland habitat on Earth‘. This is a rare ‘inland delta‘ which never reaches the sea, but spills into the Kalahari Desert. It’s filled from rainfall on Angola’s high ground that flows ‘across Angola and Namibia, before fanning out into a delta in Botswana‘ It means that birds and animals are dependent upon this rare and special resource, threatened by climate change and ‘human activities’.
We learn how the seasonal floods inspire the return of animals such as ‘wildebeest, zebra, buffaloes and elephants‘. In fact, amongst the animals that seek it out are  some of the ‘world’s most endangered species‘ including ‘the largest elephant herds on Earth’. It’s  a traditional homeland to indigenous communities, while millions rely on its fresh water.
Then again, this water system is a unique ecosystem, from grasses to waterlilies, fish and hippos and trees, too alongside more than 400 species of birds  found here during flood times. In fact birds migrate here ‘from as far away as Europe and North Africa’.
However its swamps store carbon, while its status attracts safari tourists. However, its role as a ‘global climate change hotspot’, like the Great Barrier Reef, means its survival is at a knife edge.
With Jean Claude’s evocative pictures and Catherine Barr’s definitive information. this latest additions to the Let’s Save series is stirring and inspiring. Bookwagon recommends this addition, alongside the other titles, to readers and learners.


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