Every Child Is A Radical is a children's book manuscript
Every Child is a Radical is kid-inspired encyclopedic romp through the whole shebang of being alive. In looking for principled books for my children I was surprised by a conspicuous absence of secular ethical considerations and an often patronizing lack of substance and beauty. Inspired to fill the gap I’ve written Every Child is a Radical.
Part One reflects on evolution, ethics, and children as radicals. Part Two examines family, emotions, consent, and prejudice against children, while Part Three reflects on racism, gender and colonization. Part Four tackles our extractive and consumerist culture. Part Five discusses democracy and the lack of children’s voices, civic engagement, work and wealth—asking children to imagine what truly enriches a life and celebrate children’s activism. Finally, Part Six ponders religion, death, war and compassion.
Here's an excerpt:
THE PLANET YOU INHERIT
We all share this big blue planet
and everyone of us lives here.
What happens in one place
affects us all
not just who’s near.
Pollution is the process
of making land, water, and air
dirty and unsafe.
We gotta be aware
for our own survival’s sake
cause we breathe that dirty air
and clean water is at stake.
There is pesticides from farms
and toxic products in our homes
toxins used to grow our lawns
and all the problems that this spawns.
Like the rain washing it to rivers
which then creates these big dead-zones
where fish die off asphyxiated
and other problems are well known.
Food grows on contaminated soil
the whole thing is a disgrace
cause mother nature is in turmoil
from so many of our mistakes.
The USA throws so much trash away
around 5 pounds, per person, a day!
It’s way past time to reconsider
just how much our trash does weigh.
Landfills give off lots of gas
that pollute our biosphere.
If we lined up trucks with all our trash
they’d reach the moon in just a year!
We’re dumping toxins everywhere
with smoke from cars and trains
factories, waste incinerators
boats, homes, and airplanes.
Pollution and human activities release
heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere
they’re called greenhouse gases
and the effect is severe.
Many species of plants and animals
now struggle to adapt
to a non-compatible reality
in a messed up habitat.
There are stronger storms,
big floods and droughts
Food and water suffers
(and still some try to doubt.)
Grown-ups should be embarrassed
for wreaking such havoc.
Kids shouldn’t have to inherit
a broken-down planet.
Little changes in habits are easy to do
like make less trash, recycle
and compost our food
save water and energy
and bike to our schools.
But the biggest need
is to take part and care
about how laws are made
and what money goes where.
Youth voices worldwide
are already uniting
to demand that their governments
protect the land they’re presiding.
Governments know that pollution
causes climate change
but they’ve failed to take real action
and pass laws to rein it in.
I can’t understand this lack of morality
cause who works in governments?
Humans with kids and families!
I’m sure they all care
about this calamity.
But maybe when lot’s of money can be made
do people lose their humanity?
Many grown-ups’ relationship to nature
has been a toxic clear-cut mess
a one-sided, uncaring
and greedy excess.
But that relationship can be restored
and with your help it’ll be a success.
We’ll seek a healthy future for all
and not settle for any less.
As we all pitch in and make more efforts
we can watch it all add up together.
A tower of love that resists all weather
our caring acts make this world better.