Join Sam the Eco Robot on his first adventure as he cleans up plastics in the ocean and saves animals caught in old, discarded fishing nets that he comes across using his robotic technologies and artificial intelligence (AI).
“The mechanical cleverness of the robot and the sounds of the recycle machines are wonderful! Children will be fascinated by all of this mechanical detail in the pictures and they will ask a lot of questions about them.” —Dr. Pippa Goodhart, celebrated, prize-winning children’s book author of over one hundred books, tutor at ICE, The University of Cambridge, England
“Ms. Wanick has written a delightful children’s book about caring for our planet and one another. She has long cared about environmental issues and this story encourages our young people to do the same, to be leaders in caring for Mother Earth. Inventive. Fun. Engaging, too. Bravo!” —Cameron Kim Dawson, Sky Dog Productions; Producer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II, and III, and the All New Mickey Mouse Club
“Sam the Eco Robot & the Ghost Nets is a fantastic visual for young children to learn that there are simple ways to make our environment better for the future. Ms.Wanick is showing that children can do the same, such as cleaning the beaches, in a fun and exciting way.” —Gitanjali Rao, Young Innovator, TIME “Kid of the Year” 2020
“A wonderful and educational book for children of all ages. I got a copy for my grandson and I. We need to educate our children from early ages to understand the human interaction with the environment.” —Professor Dr. Hashem Akbari, Energy, Environment, and Climate Scientist; Recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Climate Change shared with Former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore
A diplomat with a passion for the environment, Hon. Consul General Thassanee W. Wanick holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
She became a well-known expert in business and sustainability and was a professor of sustainable economics for the MBA program at the Tec de Monterrey, Mexico during her sabbatical. She was also a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the founder and first chair of the board of the Green Building Council Brazil and a former board member of the World Green Building Council.
She has been a lecturer and speaker in various government and business events including the first Wharton-UN Global Compact International Conference, UN Habitat, International Biofuels Conference, the Petroleum Authority of Thailand, CEMEX University Television Broadcast, the World Bank-IFC’s Sustainable Finance launch of the Sustainability Index of the Brazilian Stock Exchange, and the Amazonas’ World Sustainability Forum. Among the other speakers were former President Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Richard Branson, and Mr. James Cameron, filmmaker.
She created and organized a campaign to fight global warming called One Degree Less in partnership with Dr. Akbari from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California Energy Commissioner Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld, CNN international, ROLEX Sailing Week, and more to help reduce the temperature of the planet, using white reflective cool roofs and surfaces.
Celsius, the giant polar bear mascot of the campaign, became a beloved character for adults and schoolchildren alike.
She was a keynote speaker during the First Green Inaugural Ball of President Barack Obama in 2009, Washington, D.C. Thassanee was awarded the Royal Honour of “Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Crown,” bestowed by His Majesty the King of Thailand.
She attended a private presentation and dinner hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to discuss sustainable urban development at St. James Palace, London, England.