Lovall's Mud Lake

Environmental Law Institute
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Environmental Law
Environmental Law Institute
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Mud Lake is a collection of short adventure stories about children living in Haslett, Michigan, during the 1960s and 70s, when kids were allowed to freely explore the natural world without adult instruction or supervision. These stories establish the importance of natural areas as places for young people to experience mental and physical challenges in an authentic place with real plants, wildlife, and people. The book transitions into the topic of “circular energy” and climate change. The cyclical occurrence of ice ages along with the science of wetlands are further discussed confirming that our current climate change is caused by people. The book concludes by outlining multiple strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Their adventures are woven into more technical narrations about bogs, marshes, glacial movements, and climate change, reinforcing the scientific concepts while providing an entertaining read for a variety of ages.

Book Reviews:

“Through engaging storytelling, Sam Lovall has used a small shallow lake in central lower Michigan called Mud Lake and its surrounding natural area as microcosms for identifying circular patterns in personal lives and ecosystems. He weaves vignettes into a compelling narrative for an awakening to the truth about climate change and how we must address this greatest environmental challenge of our time.”
—John H. Hartig, Visiting Scholar, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor

“I fell right into Mud Lake, which sparked fond memories of my own outdoor adventures. Beyond the stories of how young people are attracted to natural landscapes, the book evokes a universal appreciation for a healthy planet, weaving together our shared history and timely environmental themes in each chapter.”
—LeRoy Harvey, Environmental Programs Coordinator, Meridian Township