At 75, Author Leslie Landis Fights Climate Change And Stands Up For Equality

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At 75, Leslie Landos has merged her concern with climate change and its impact on future generations with her creativity as a novelist, authoring CHENDELL: A Natural Warrior (http://www.chendell.com). The book is an adventure in ecological survival featuring two young people, who combine into one superhero with special powers derived from nature and the ability to communicate with the natural world.

Author Leslie Landis

“I wrote this book to inspire young people and people of any age, and do so through compelling characters who were empowered and determined to make a difference,” Landis says.

Leslie Landis is a Renaissance woman. Her talents and passions have been seen in government, education, environmental causes, finance, book writing and television.

At 75, she has merged her concern with climate change and its impact on future generations with her creativity as a novelist, authoring CHENDELL: A Natural Warrior (http://www.chendell.com). The book is an adventure in ecological survival featuring two young people, who combine into one superhero with special powers derived from nature and the ability to communicate with the natural world. The audiobook is executive produced by Waldo LLC.

Landis’ life reflects an ability to relate to people in many different fields, and in this book she connects with younger generations, whose world may be adversely affected in the coming decades by the potentially devastating effects of climate change. The health and psychological impact of environmental issues on millennials, Generation Z, and subsequent age groups concern her deeply, and she thinks it’s incumbent upon the older set to hear them.

“I wrote this book to inspire young people and people of any age, and do so through compelling characters who were empowered and determined to make a difference,” Landis says. “My story is more than a fight to save our environment. I had fun putting my vision on the written page and making the characters, their dreams and their efforts as real and relatable as possible.”

Landis conceived of the idea when traveling in China and observing different parts of the diverse environment there. World-wide, she says, everyone should open their eyes to the environmental plagues upon our planet.

“Every day, environmental degradation and the effects of global warming are topics in the media,” Landis says. “There’s an interconnectivity and value of all life, the need to protect our homes, each other, and our planet. But the concept that humans can control nature has only led to the destruction of the natural world.

“A superhero is an expression of our best desires to solve our worst nightmares. So why not a real-world problem? Climate change is at the top of my list. Droughts and floods, hurricanes and storm surges, rising sea levels and plastic ocean garbage. Deforestation, water contamination and pollution.”

The Chendell character is the combination of a man (Jamie) and woman (Robin). Along with encouraging environmental change and survival, the character is Landis’ vehicle for promoting gender equality. By writing about equally strong male and female protagonists, Landis is showcasing how men and women can work together to solve our biggest problems.

“Why shouldn’t 50 percent of humankind — women — have an equal role in this fight?” she asks. “That is the version of the superhero genre that I wanted to tell.

“Gender equality is a major media issue today. I choose to address it with a different take. Not only are Jamie and Robin equally educated and both are pursuing important career goals, but both of them have superpowers. And CHENDELL — as a combination of Robin and Jamie — is the most gender-equal superhero ever.”

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