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COPE Books for Children: Heatwaves

Learn about disaster risk reduction and heatwaves in this illustrated children's book. The COPE squad travel to the WMO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland on the way on their epic Heatwaves mission where they put their disaster risk reduction skills into action!
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A short animation of the Heatwaves book


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. Under Grand Mistress Fu, the COPE squad receive intensive training on disasters and how to be prepared. This time they travel to Paris, France and visit The World Meteorological Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on the way. Join their epic Heatwaves mission to the city of Paris, France where they have to put their disaster risk reduction skills into action.

Candy, Ollie, Ping and Eddy find out how to prepare for heatwaves, staying cool and hydrated and being prepared to act at the right time. They also find out about work of The World Meteorological Organization and its World Meteorological Day.

Caption The COPE team visiting The World Meteorological Organization. Image credit: Martha Keswick, Mariko Jesse, Timothy Sim.

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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 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.

Listen to this interview with COPE creator Martha Keswick to learn more about the book series, how and why it was created, and its impact.

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

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