Lauren Child

Lauren Child is an award-winning children's author and creator of eight-year-old mini-hero, Clarice Bean.

In What planet are you from Clarice Bean? (Orchard Books, £5.99), Clarice and her family become accidental eco-warriors in a bid to save a tree. And a new episode of the BBC-commissioned Charlie & Lola focuses on recycling. We talked to Lauren in her London home.

How green are you at home?

I use eco-washing liquids, buy organic food and drive the smallest car I could find. But it's through my work that I feel I can have the most impact.

What bugs you?

Litter is one of my real bugbears. My mother would never let us drop litter. If you don't let your children do something, you really instill in them that it's wrong. I find it almost impossible to drop litter now.

If we don't all think about it together then we're never going to get anywhere.

Lauren Child on tackling environmental issues

If I'd been taught all the other things [about the environment] when I was little, it would have just become instinctive - how you save things and how you value things.

What's your latest book about?

The Princess and the Pea (Puffin, £12.99) is another Clarice Bean book about worry, survival, the planet - the kinds of things that keep you awake at night. Clarice Bean is the sort of girl who would be interested in survival.

I used to say Clarice Bean wasn't like me. But I'm becoming more like Clarice Bean. She's done something to me. I even find I'm speaking like her. I hate litter - so I let Clarice Bean clean it up for me.

Lauren Child on her alter ego

How do you cope with gloomy thoughts about the environment?

A while back I was having a real freak-out about everything. What's the point of worrying about your future if we're all going to die anyway?

I met this environmental lawyer. She said all those little things you do are really helpful and you should do them. It makes you feel a bit more in control. You've got to start somewhere.

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