Through Lucia’s story, a girl that loves nature and wants to protect it, Guanacaste children will be able to learn about recycling, taking care of natural resources and environmental values.
The book that tells the adventures of Lucia is titled The Guardian of Nature and its Friends and 2,500 editions will be handed out free of charge to schoolchildren across Guanacaste.
Jessica Sheffield, biologist and author of the book, said that her hope is that through stories, children will feel empowered and will become guardians of the planet.
The free books will be given out in September to schools in Nosara and Ostional and distribution is also being coordinated in other communities in Guanacaste.
Sheffield also published a hardback edition that costs ₡8.500 ($15.20). With each purchase of a hardback edition a free book will be donated so the story can reach more children.
If you wish to collaborate and buy an edition you can make your purchase on the project’s website, at the Harmony Hotel, the Del Mar Academy in Nosara, Crol Swimming in Escazu and in Tienda Chayfer in Belén de Heredia. They will be on sale soon at other spots in Guanacaste thanks to an alliance with The Voice of Guanacaste.
“We believe in this project and we support promoting environmental education in Costa Rica’s schools, which is why we joined forces with The Guardian of Nature and Its Friends to help with the distribution of its books at points of sale in Guanacaste” said Jennifer Vega, sales manager for The Voice of Guanacaste.
This is the first book in the environmental education series “The Guardian of Nature,” an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Program, the Civic Association of Nosara, the Nosara Recicla Organization and the Fund for Guanacaste.