Mum of 4 teams up with Lightrock Power to inspire 11,000 school children in Darlington to help tackle climate change, plastic pollution & habitat loss.

Bestselling author and mother of four Ellie Jackson has joined forces with wildlife-friendly solar farm developer Lightrock Power to reach over 11,000 school children in 47 schools in and around Darlington with her series of books on plastic pollution, climate change and habitat loss. Every primary school in Darlington and surrounding communities will receive copies of her seven true stories, together with excellent teaching resources and ideas to create their own School Environment Day.

Ellie’s series of children’s books, Wild Tribe Heroes, help children understand real environmental issues. The first three books in the series focus on plastic pollution and have reached over 1.5 million children in schools across the UK, receiving personal support from Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles. In her newer books, Ellie has turned her attention to the growing climate crisis and habitat loss.

Each book follows a well-known animal as they encounter difficulties in their habitats caused by changes to their environment. A turtle, puffin, whale, polar bear, orangutan, koala and bee transport children to the Arctic wilderness, coral reef, deep ocean, Indonesian rainforest, Australian bush and the English countryside to help bring their stories to life. Together with detailed teaching resources, the books act as a springboard into the issues without being upsetting or overwhelming.

Ellie said: “It is so important to me that we engage with our children in the right way. Because each story is true to life, children can feel really connected to the animals and the problems they face, yet all the books have happy endings with positive ideas for the future. I want children to feel empowered and inspired to make changes. I hope that in turn, children can motivate their families, schools and wider community to get involved. I believe that it is through a gentle and optimistic approach that we will see attitudes really change.”

Fiona Wojciechowski from Lightrock Power comments “Learning to care for our environment at a young age is such an important message and one which Ellie conveys so well in her books. As well as generating climate-friendly renewable energy, Lightrock Power build habitat creation in to all our solar farms, so these books are an ideal fit for us. We are really proud to be working with Ellie to support so many children across the Darlington communities to be inspired about these global issues”.

Ellie is asking all primary schools to work towards a fun Darlington School Environment Day. Schools can choose to get involved in a wide range of activities, online workshops, videos and learning opportunities that really shine a spotlight on what can be done to help tackle climate change. Ellie is bringing together many environmental groups and charities including Surfers Against Sewage, National Trust, RSPB, Sustrans and The Wildlife Trusts. To find out more about these fantastic free resources for schools please visit


Attached images show:

  1. Jasmine Church (9), Rosie Church (6) and Isaac Perry (2)
  2. Front cover images of the books going to all Darlington primary schools
  3. School displays on plastic pollution
  4. Persuasive letters from primary children asking local businesses to get involved in the climate change issues.
  5. Author Ellie Jackson signing books
  6. Evie Jackson (8) and Audrey Jackson (3) reading Hunter’s Icy Adventure