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COPE Books for Children: Droughts

Learn about how climate change will impact droughts and how to be more prepared for them with this illustrated book for children from COPE and United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction.
Cover of the Droughts book
COPE Droughts Book – Every drop counts!


The COPE squad, Candy, Ollie, Ping and Eddy are a team of disaster risk reduction agents, travelling all over the world to teach children how to be ready and prepared for natural hazards and disasters. Make the difference, be ready!

Climate change can increase the intensity and, in some cases, the frequency of extreme environmental events, such as forest fires, hurricanes, heat waves, floods, droughts, and storms.

Join the COPE squad as they embark on their first risk reduction adventure in China, where they see the devastating effects of a long period without rainfall in Yunnan Province. Learn alongside the squad as Grand mistress Fu teaches them all about droughts, the impact on farming and communities, and how to conserve water during a drought by remembering the key message: Every drop counts!

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The COPE squad explains how droughts are made worse by climate change. Image credit: Martha Keswick, Mariko Jesse, Timothy Sim

About this book

According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, children have a vital role in strengthening community resilience. COPE books have been developed in response to that call to empower children.

This child-friendly booklet is for kids 6-12 years old to generate drought awareness through animated characters and simple but strong messages.

COPE is a series of illustrated, not for profit storybooks created in 2018 by author Martha Keswick, award-winning illustrator Mariko Jesse and global disaster risk reduction expert Dr Timothy Sim.

For more information about COPE Disaster Champions contact: Christine Messervy [email protected]

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