Dust and Rain needs your help please

Ruth HartleyBook Publishing, Books by Ruth Hartley, Dust and Rain, Promotion, Reading3 Comments

What we need now is love . . . just love . . . for all the world and for the people in it

Dust and Rain – a book that needs your help to promote climate change awareness
Mokoro paddles Chipo and Chibwe down the Great River so they learn how the environment is interconnected

I’ve just been walking around my garden thinking of the best way to ask all of you – friends, readers, climate change activists, educators, mothers, fathers, children and adults – for your help.

I need my new book – Dust and Rain: Chipo and Chibwe save the Green Valley to find many more readers so I need your help. First of all – it’s a great story and a good read – second, it’s an important book about climate change and the environment (and it would make a great film!) Let me explain how you can help me – please!  Somehow get hold of my book, read it, share it and promote it for the sake of its important message. I have given away as many books as I can but still need more readers.

the rain gauge waits for rain
Maximum and minimum thermometer – every year it gets hotter.

Today is grey and cloudy but the earth is dry and hard. Increasing carbon in the air holds moisture without giving rain. Sometimes the weather is too hot, sometimes it’s too cold – sometimes just fierce and extreme. I grew up a farmer’s daughter in Africa so staring at the sky and wishing for rain was what we did. Weather watching and gardening have been my preoccupation all my life. When I first dreamed up Dust and Rain for my five-year-old grandson, Stephen Kupakwesu, I thought of saving trees and charcoal burners and the changing weather patterns created by damming the Zambezi River with Kariba Dam. Now the issue of climate change is even more urgent.

The well in our garden is often almost dry and is polluted by agricultural chemicals

You can buy my book on Amazon.uk and Amazon.fr and at African Books Collective or at Bookworld or Gadsden Publishers in Lusaka. I hope it will be at the House Of Books in Harare Zimbabwe soon. Please, please – do get a copy and read it. Then – if you think it is good enough – write a review about it and much more importantly – please buy some copies and donate them to a school or a library or an environmental group or wildlife club that you know and where the book will do some good and help raise awareness!

Our sustainable woodpile essential for our winter fire

The book is set in Africa – Zambia – but it’s a universal story that children (and adults) everywhere will enjoy – and it does make you see things in new ways! As I went around my garden this morning I photographed some of the things that are essential for all our lives – tell me if these things do matter to you also even if you have different ways of accessing them from the way we are able to in our small rural village.

Last I want to apologise for publishing the same post twice last week. Internet problems and rather a lot of travelling around have been disruptive. I also made a number of corrections to my posts because I asked everyone I met in Zambia and Zimbabwe for feedback and input. Something I welcome from all of you and appreciate very much when you do respond to my posts. Thank you!

A shallow spring flows away down the river. In the centre of the photo is a circle of green weed and on its left is a small orange-coloured snake.
Just for your pleasure – the source of the river Boutonne. If you look carefully there is a small orange snake on the weeds in the centre of the water.

3 Comments on “Dust and Rain needs your help please”

  1. Anne

    Hi, Ruth, I ‘m afraid I missed the publication of your book, due to lots of distractions, but I’m going to order it now, and perhaps order a copy for my cousin in England, who has grandchildren.

    I’m a bit ‘surchargée’ at the moment with trying to think of ways for Luan to find €50,000 to record his first disk and try to launch his career (stalled by 2 years of COVID). so I don’t have a lot of inventive energy to spare.

    I also find the whole climate thing overwhelming, the problems are so vast . . .

    Anyway, I’ll order the books, and maybe make other comments later.

    All the best,

    PS – I absolutely and wholeheartedly agree that love – just love – is all we need now.

    1. Ruth Hartley

      Hi Anne – yes indeed creative plans are very hard to find funding for – I do hear of people who have crowdfunded successfully. It does all pile on the stress at every level. All the best – Ruth

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