Every Breath We Take: A Book About Air

Clean air is essential for all living creatures—plants, animals, and people—to live healthy lives. Every Breath We Take is a positive, life-affirming look at clean air, with a subtle message about how air can be dirtied—and how it can be cleaned up. Photographs of beautiful children around the world exploring air through touch, smell, sound, and sight underscore the importance of clean air to all life on earth. This is science that surrounds us. The first step to cherishing something is recognizing its importance and understanding why it is necessary. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to Moms Clean Air Force, a national movement of over a half million moms, dads, and grandparents who are protecting the right of every child to breathe clean air (Source).

Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science and Publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News. As an alumna of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, now sponsored by Regeneron, Maya has helped to transform the 100-year-old Society into a dynamic, entrepreneurial organization. She spearheaded a $100 million, 10-year sponsorship agreement for the Science Talent Search with Regeneron. In addition, she brought Science News Media Group from a decade-long deficit into a growing enterprise by developing a new education pillar and diversifying the group’s income stream. She founded a new series of outreach and equity programs, supported by an $11 million investment, to reach more underserved STEM students in the United States. Maya served as the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Duke University and as Visiting Professor for the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. She was a Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, where she developed and cowrote Invisible Children: Reimagining International Development at the Grassroots (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Today, she continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at SAIS and teaches the course Social Innovations in International Development for Children and Youth. In 1993, Maya founded Global Fund for Children (GFC), a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya’s 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. Since inception, GFC has awarded over $51 million to more than 900 innovative grassroots organizations, touching the lives of over 11 million children worldwide. Maya is also an award-winning children’s book author of more than 20 titles, including Back to School, Every Breath We Take, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe and To Be a Kid, with millions of readers worldwide. Maya is a recipient of the 2020 National Science Board Public Service Award for her tremendous contribution to increasing the public’s understanding of science and engineering. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a recipient of the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Echoing Green Fellowship, the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations and the Rotary International Graduate Fellowship. Maya holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and a M.P.P. from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter (Source).

Dominique Browning is a writer, editor and consultant in the newspaper and magazine fields. She has worked with The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNew York magazineO, the Oprah magazineDeparturesFood & Wine, and On Topic, among others. In addition to this monthly column, she blogs at SlowLoveLife.com. For thirteen years Browning was the editor-in-chief of House & Garden. Under her direction, in twelve years, from the launch, circulation grew from 0 to 950,000 readers. Apart from designers’ work, H&G ran regular columns on food, wine, architecture, the environment, spirituality, garden design, etc. Browning was also an assistant managing editor at Newsweek, (the first woman of any magazine to be given this title). She was the executive editor of Texas Monthly and an associate literary editor at Esquire magazine. Browning is the author of three books: Around the House and In the Garden: a Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home ImprovementPaths of Desire: the Passion of a Suburban Gardener; and Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness. Browning also produced several books with her team at House & Garden. Gardens of Paradise has become an authoritative volume on contemporary garden designers around the world. House of Worship explores the intersection of architecture and spirituality; The Well-Lived Life is a volume of contemporary and archival photography from the pages of H&G with social and cultural commentary. Browning, the mother of two sons, graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 with a major in Philosophy, Literature and History. She is a classically trained pianist, and also performed with Wesleyan’s Javanese Gamelan orchestra (Source).

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