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Strong message: Animals tackle global warming in teen’s book

Marina Weber’s journey in becoming a published author has taken some time.

Eight years, exactly – which is more than half her life.

Weber, who is almost 15, will be signing her book, “The Global Warming Express” on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Santa Fe.

Weber began the book when she was in third grade. Over the course of the journey, she worked alongside Joanna Whysner, who illustrated the book.

Tackling such a big issue was never a problem for Weber.

“I’m inheriting the world, and I want issues to be addressed,” she says.

It begins with the Earth being in peril – through pollution, global warming, oil spills and general neglect of the environment.

Those who respond first are the animals. There are the Fluff, a penguin; Creamy, a harp seal; Tomás, a black bear; Flora, a polar bear; and Lady Athabasca, a whooping crane, among others.

The animals have all suffered from destruction of their habitats and neglect of the environment, and want to do something about it. They jump onto a magical train powered by positive thoughts and take off to let others know about the problems Earth’s creatures are facing.

In Santa Fe, they pick up two young girls, Marina and Joanna, who record their incredible trip.

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