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“I’ve often considered it strange that the most intellectual creature ever to walk the earth is destroying its only home. This wonderful story, What Happened When We All Stopped, helps parents and their children to overcome the disconnect between our clever brains and our loving compassionate hearts. We must find a way of living in harmony with nature so that both may thrive. I hope this story book inspires people of all ages to play their part in healing the harm we have inflicted so that together we can create a new future.”

Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute
 & UN Messenger of Peace
Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

What Happened
When We All Stopped

Original Illustrations

What Happened When We All Stopped Original Illustrations

The illustrations that accompany the poetry of the book are the original creations of Bee Rivett-Carnac.
Bee is offering her favourites for sale on her website.

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About the Authors

What Happened When We All Stopped was created with an original poem
by Tom Rivett-Carnac and original illustrations by Bee Rivett-Carnac.
Tom and Bee are brother and sister and live a few miles apart in South West England.
This is the first time they have created a book together.

Tom works on climate change and is an author, podcaster and Dad to Zoë and Arthur.
You can learn more about his work at
globaloptimism.com

Bee is an illustrator and a gardener.
She currently divides her time between creating illustrations, growing cut flowers and looking after her two daughters, Esmee and Grace. You can see more of her work at beerivettcarnac.com

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