WATCH | Jane Goodall narrates beautiful digital story that urges we imagine a 'cleaner, greener future'

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"The book was written out of a hope that we need to do things differently". (YouTube/TED-Ed)
"The book was written out of a hope that we need to do things differently". (YouTube/TED-Ed)

What happened when we all stopped is a beautiful digital book by brother-sister duo Tom and Bee Rivett-Carnac. 

The short spoken-word poem,  freely available in video format, is centered around the environment and asks viewers to imagine a "healthier, cleaner, greener future". 

Illustration from children's book

Inspired by lockdown, which Tom describes as "a strangely optimistic time... the book was written out of a hope that we need to do things differently".

Find free resources for little readers in our STORYTIME hub

Illustration from children's book

Describing how she teamed up with her sibling on the project Bee says: 

"We were at mum’s house in Devon, having breakfast, when Tom asked me if I’d fancy illustrating his poem. I was initially unsure what to do with it, but when I started working on the storyboard, the process felt intuitive, and the style emerged organically. It took me two months to complete it". 

Illustration from children's book


The poem was so inspiring that celebrated anthropologist Jane Goodall reached out to the duo to narrate their story. 

"I hope this storybook 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," Goodall said. 

Watch and listen to What happened when we all stopped in the video below: 



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