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MICHELLE LORD and JULIA BLATTMAN - THE MESS THAT WE MADE

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The Mess That We Made - FlashLight Press, Michelle Lord and Julia Blattman

 

 

This is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books about ocean plastic and gyres, where the pollution comes from and what it is doing to the fish, reptiles and mammals who live in the deep blue.

 

As you turn the pages you are taken on a visual journey from the swirling vortexes of micro plastics, to the fish and seals that eat the plastic, to the fishermen who catch the fish we eat and then to the beaches and landfill where our fast food lives are buried, but the beaches cannot hide.

 

 

 

Michelle Lord is the author of several books for children including Paterson Prize Honor Book A Song For Cambodia, Nature Recycles, and Animal School: What Class Are You? She lives with her family in New Braunfels, TX.

 

 

 

Julia Blattman works as a visual development artist for Paramount Animation, and has created art for Disney and for Dreamworks TV. Julia loves bringing stories to life with her artwork. She lives in Los Angeles, CA, and this is her first picture book.

 

 

REVIEWS: Early Praise for The Mess That We Made: 


From Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and founder of Change for the Blue


“Our lives depend on the ocean. Fish consume our waste and then end up on our dinner plates. I hope that this beautifully illustrated book will serve as a tool to pass on the importance of the ocean to future generations and beyond.”

From Briggette Dusart, Cleaner Ocean Foundation


“This outstanding story superbly visualizes pollution problems with art that hits the spot….It is sure to inspire our young conservationists-in the-making to work toward a sustainable ocean environment.”

From Anthony Saner, Director of ReefCI (Reef Conservation International)


“Great book! Inspires a love for stewardship of the ocean in today’s youth so that the next generation will not repeat The Mess That We Made. There is always hope in the next generation, a hope that they will create a healthier, more sustainable ocean.”

 

 

FLASHLIGHT PRESS


Flashlight Press books explore and illuminate the touching and humorous moments of family situations and social interactions through captivating writing and outstanding illustrations. Their team includes:


Shari Dash Greenspan Editor and Art Director
Harry Mauer Publisher
Moshe Heller President
Allison Rosenblum Editorial Assistant


Flashlight Press books are available at your local bookstore, and are distributed in the US by:

IPG (Independent Publishers Group)
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610 USA
1-800-888-4741, fax (312)-337-5985
frontdesk@ipgbook.com
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Australia
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Australia 
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Canada
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China and Taiwan
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Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, India & Japan
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Japan
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Philippines, Micronesia, and Korea
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Southern Africa
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United Kingdom and Europe
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CONTACTS

Flashlight Press | 527 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11225 USA | 718-288-8300

 


 

 

OCEAN CLEANUP PROJECTS A - Z

 

* Adidas

* Algalita research foundation

* Aliance to end Plastic Waste AEPW

* Baltimore Mr Trash river cleaning barge

* Boyan Slat's ocean booms

* CLAIM H2020 EU marine plastic project

* Earth Day - Fact sheet ocean plastic

* Fionn Ferreira's ferrofluid extraction of microplastics

* FlashLight Press Michelle Lord & Julia Blatt

* Greenpeace

* 5 Gyres Institute

* Interceptor tethered river cleaning barges

* Junk Raft - plastic awareness voyage

* Kulo Luna graphic novel

* Miss Ocean - Plastic Awareness Events

* 4Ocean recycled plastic bracelets

* Ocean Voyages Institute

* Ocean Waste Plastic

* Parley AIR

* Plastic Free Eastbourne

* Plastic Oceans Canada

* Plastic Oceans Chile

* Plastic Oceans Mexico

* Plastic Oceans Org

* Plastic Oceans UK

* Recycling Technologies

* Rozalia Project

* Seabin

* Sea Litter Critters

* SeaVax autonomous drones

* Surfers Against Sewage

* Surrey University PIRATE & Triton

* World Oceans Day

 

 

As you can see from the list above, Flashlight Press, Michelle Lord and Julia Blatman are not alone in the fight against plastic waste in our oceans ....

 

 

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LINKS & REFERENCE

 

http://flashlightpress.com/the-mess-that-we-made/

https://womenwithgifts.org/2018/12/16/business-featurewild-tribe-heroes/

 

Sources used for the back matter of The Mess That We Made, along with additional educational resources, can be found here:

THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

 

PBS News Hour, “Great Pacific Garbage Patch Weighs More Than 43,000 Cars and is Much Larger Than We Thought”
The Ocean Cleanup, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

 

PLASTIC POLLUTION

 

Plastic Oceans, “The Facts”
The Smithsonian, “Marine Plastics”
Science Alert, “We Totally Missed Most of The Plastic Pollution in The Ocean, Study Reveals”
Plastics Europe, “Plastics – the Facts 2017”
Our World in Data, “How Long Does it Take Plastics to Break Down?”
The Washington Post, “More Than Half the World’s Sea Turtles Have Eaten Plastic, New Study Claims”

 

MICROPLASTICS

 

GESAMP, “Microplastics In The Ocean – A Global Assessment”
National Ocean Service, “What Are Microplastics?”
Science Direct, “Microplastics: Finding a Consensus On the Definition”
The Guardian, “Microplastic Pollution in Oceans is Far Worse Than Feared, Say Scientists”

 

GLOBAL WASTE

 

The World Bank, “Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report”
Ellen McArthur Foundation, “The New Plastics Economy”
UN News, ‘Turn the Tide On Plastic’ Urges UN, As Microplastics in the Seas Now Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy”

 

SHIPPING CONTAINERS AND LOST CARGO

 

World Shipping Council, “Containers Lost At Sea – 2017 Update”
The Maritime Executive, “Over 1,500 Containers Lost at Sea Annually”
gCaptain, “Number of Containers Lost at Sea Falling, Survey Shows”
Shipping and Freight Resource, “Containers Lost At Sea! Why it Happens and What to Do When it Happens”
The Telegraph, “Lost Cargo and Rubber Ducks: Inside the Curious World of Container Shipping”

 

STYROFOAM, STRAWS, BOTTLES, AND OTHER DISPOSABLE PLASTICS

 

Sciencing, “How Long Does it Take for Styrofoam to Break Down?”
Green Dining Alliance, “Real Cost of Styrofoam”
WasteDive, “To Ban or Recycle? Inside the Foam Fight Dividing the Industry”
Jstor Daily, “Is the 30-Year-Long Styrofoam War Nearing Its End?”
Society of Environmental Journalists, “Styrofoam Facts — Why You May Want To Bring Your Own Cup”
Money, “No One Knew How Many Plastic Straws Americans Use Every Day. Then a 9-Year-Old Kid Did the Math”
The Mighty, “Disposable Plastic Straws Suck. Try These Disability-Friendly Alternatives”
Eco Cycle, “Be Straw Free Campaign”
Earth Day Network, “Fact Sheet: How Much Disposable Plastic We Use”
Forbes, “We’re Now At A Million Plastic Bottles Per Minute – 91% Of Which Are Not Recycled”
The Guardian, “A Million Bottles a Minute: World’s Plastic Binge ‘As Dangerous As Climate Change'”

 

 

 

 

 

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