“My hope is that this book might be some kind of go-to source for understanding these different, closely interconnected crises.”
Teen activist Greta Thunberg has compiled a climate book, which features 100 leading experts and activists offering a “global overview of how the planet’s many crises connect”.
Renowned scientists contributing to the book include Johan Rockstrom, Michael Mann, Katherine Hayhoe, Friedrike Otto, Stefan Rahmstorf, Saleemul Huq and Carlos Nobre, as well as Thomas Piketty, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Naomi Klein, and Amitav Ghosh.
The purpose of the book is to present ‘the unvarnished truth’ on the climate, ecological and sustainability crisis and make readers connect the dots between these different albeit closely interconnected crises.
The book will shed light on various topics such as melting ice shelves, indigenous sovereignty, fast fashion and the future of food, as well as the wider sustainability crisis.
The synopsis says the contributing authors’ testimonies “are presented here as compelling stories of change, action and resilience, amplified throughout by telling graphs and photographs.”
The 19-year-old Swedish activist will also share her ‘own stories of learning, demonstrating, and uncovering greenwashing around the world’.
‘A book on climate, ecological and sustainability crisis’
“This is the biggest story in the world, and it must be spoken as far and wide as our voices can carry, and much further still,” Thunberg told The Bookseller.
“That’s why I have decided to use my platform to create this book, which is based on the best science currently available – a book that covers the climate, ecological and sustainability crisis holistically.
“Because the climate crisis is, of course, only a symptom of a much larger sustainability crisis. My hope is that this book might be some kind of go-to source for understanding these different, closely interconnected crises.”
Thunberg’s ‘call to climate justice is unignorable’
The editor of Penguin Press in London, Chloe Currens, added: “In The Climate Book, Greta has proven herself to be one of our finest and most galvanising new writers.
“In a series of sharp, insightful and impassioned chapters, which knit the book’s different parts together, she shares her own experiences and responds to what she’s learned.
“Her passages on government inaction render today’s greenwashing breathtakingly clear, and her call to climate justice is unignorable.
“This is a unique book, alive with moral purpose, which aims to change the climate conversation forever.”
Greta Thunberg and climate change
Thunberg has come a long way since she first skipped school to hold a one-person climate protest in 2018 when she was only 15 years old.
The Swedish-born has since inspired millions of people around the world to take climate action in her “Fridays For Future” protests.
Her efforts have rendered her a force to reckon with in the environmental activist community. Thunberg has also addressed various climate-centric events where she has called out influential world leaders for their inaction and phony promises to address the climate emergency.
She was also named the youngest Time Person of the Year in 2019 and has been nominated three times for a Nobel peace prize.
The Climate Book is by no means Thunberg’s first rendition. She has previously published three books, two co-authored by her parents and sister: Scenes from the Heart and Our House Is on Fire, along with one collection of speeches, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.
The Climate Book will be published on 27 October in the UK with a US release planned for early 2023.
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