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The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

The Carbon Diaries 2015 (edition 2008)

by Saci Lloyd

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Title:The Carbon Diaries 2015
Authors:Saci Lloyd
Info:London : Hodder Children's, 2008.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:children's/young adult, read 2017

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The Guardian had an article about the 5 greatest books about climate change and this one was the only one I had not read. So I reserved it from the library and dug into it the past few days. While perhaps not as good as some of the other books on the list such The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood it was pretty decent.

Written in 2009 it postulates that by 2015 there would be catastrophic climate occurrences and that Great Britain would impose carbon rationing on all its populace. Laura Brown in 16 years old when the carbon rationing takes place and she starts her diary on January 1. Each citizen is given a carbon card for the year and if they use up all their carbon allowance before the end of the year they will have no electricity or food or transportation until the next year. Laura isn't a big consumer as she rides her bike or takes public transport to go to school but she misses things like fruit from the tropics and being able to download music whenever she wants. She is probably the one in her family most able to cope as her older sister, Kim, wanted to spend her gap year in New York, her mother can't figure out how to take the bus and really misses her car and her father loses his job teaching travel and tourism because no-one is going anywhere. The weather is brutal--too cold in winter and too hot and dry in summer and a devastating storm surge in the fall. Through it all Laura is trying to be a normal teenager who plays in a punk rock band and falls in love with the gorgeous boy next door.

Reading this in 2017 one can be thankful that the global climate isn't as bad as what Ms Lloyd postulates but, on the other hand, there is no evidence that people have realized how bad our energy hogging lifestyle is. Even the US President denies that climate change exists but every year examples of out of control weather patterns keep coming. Eastern Canada has just been inundated by flood waters, the Horn of Africa has experienced drought and famine for years and tornadoes and hurricanes occur earlier every year. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 14, 2017 |
Interesting concept, but having a really hard time with the immaturity of the narrator and thus the lack of real information about the environment and society. Can we say clueless any louder? p. 44
  2wonderY | Jul 2, 2016 |
Interesting take, like the English viewpoint. Wish Adi had his own story (Laura is a bit whiny). ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
Geography: environment, Geography, conservation, Science: environment, Science: conservation
  VenerableBedeLRC | Dec 6, 2013 |
Laura Brown is not thrilled when London passes out carbon ration cards. Not only will it be that much harder to jam with her band, the Dirty Angels, but now she has to put up with her parents and sister, who are all reacting in strange ways. Her mom is distraught at needing to take the bus instead of driving; her sister (bitchy at the best of times) racks up so much carbon debt that she's enrolled in the mandatory Carbon Offenders program. Dad gets fired from his job, teaching about travel (because who can travel under rationing?) and ultimately ends up with a pig, which gives you some idea how stable his reaction to rationing is.

Laura's got her own things going on--besides the band, she's having issues with her schoolwork (because who can concentrate) and boys (who are jerks, sweet and beautiful jerks), and mainly the craziness that is her family. Then the climate shifts just a little bit more, and rationing ratchets up some more. It's not just carbon, but it'll be water, too, thanks to the drought. Luckily, it finally rains--but the rain doesn't stop, and the levies aren't enough to keep London from flooding.

It's one thing after another, this first year of rationing. It's hard to know if this should be called dystopian (because of the government swooping in and regulating everything, and keeping close watch on what each citizen is doing via their carbon-ration cards) or apocalyptic, because, well, the world's falling apart, and quickly.

A good choice for budding environmentalists, or those into music/punk/band scenes. Perfectly appropriate for 7th grade and up; 9th and up will get more out of it, though. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823423018, Paperback)

It's the year 2015, a time when global warming has begun to ravage the environment. In response, the United Kingdom becomes the first country to mandate carbon rationing--a well-intentioned plan that goes tragically awry. This story of one girl's attempt to stay grounded in a world where disaster has become the norm is told in short diary entries.

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It's 2015 and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rations, in a drastic bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions. As her family spirals rapidly out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon. In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs. Suggested level: secondary.

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