Environmental activist Greta Thunberg publishes a guide to fight climate change, reports Jill Lawless for The Associated Press (AP). Title The climate bookthe volume – containing contributions from more than 100 renowned writers, activists and scientists – will be published in Britain on October 27 and in the United States in early 2023.
According to a list share by Thunberg on Twitter, contributors include novelists Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh, climatologist Saleemul Huq, Kenyan environmentalist Wanjira Mathai and World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. As Lucy Knight reports for the Guardianthe 19-year-old activist will also offer her views on greenwashing, which occurs when companies make false or misleading claims about their “environmentally friendly” products and practices.
Thunberg sees greenwashing as both a serious problem and a source of hope. According to the book’s Penguin Random House listing, she hopes to expose the unethical practice and reveal “how much we’ve been kept in the dark”, thereby pushing people to recognize the full extent of climate change and to tackle the problem head-on.
“If we fail to connect these dots, we will not find lasting solutions to the climate and ecological crisis,” Thunberg said in a statement quoted by the BooksellerIt’s Sian Bayley. “Once we all have a complete picture, we can act.”
In the statement, Chloe Currens, editor at Penguin Press UK, says Thunberg’s passages on world leaders’ inaction “will make today’s greenwashing breathtakingly clear”. Editor describes teenager’s ‘call for climate justice’ [as] unignorable,” adding that the book is “driven by a moral purpose, one that aims to change the climate conversation forever.”
Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003, Thunberg shot to fame in 2018, when she founded the Fridays for Future movement. Then 15, she spent the three weeks leading up to Sweden’s election sitting outside the country’s parliament building with a sign reading Skolstrejk for the climate (School strike for the climate).
Although the protest was initially a solo venture, the number of Thunberg’s supporters grew daily, with the teenager’s efforts quickly attracting international press attention. After the election, she continued her protests against truancy every Friday, inspiring hundreds of thousands of students around the world to organize their own protests.
Thunberg’s comments on climate change have made her more than a few powerful enemies, including former US President Donald J. Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the latter of whom called her a “brat” in 2019. That same year, the 16- year-old activist became Weather the magazine’s youngest personality of the year, and she has been invited to give speeches at the World Economic Forum and the European Parliament.
In August 2019, Thunberg crossed the Atlantic in an emissions-free yacht to speak in New York at a United Nations climate summit. Addressing a room of world leaders, she delivered an impassioned comment: “You stole my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. … We are at the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”
The climate book will be Thunberg’s fourth publication. His previously published works include scenes from the heart and Our house is on fireboth co-written by his parents and younger sister, and No one is too small to make a differencecollection of speeches.
“Greta has proven to be one of our most talented and inspiring new writers,” Currens said in the release. “In a series of sharp, insightful and passionate chapters, which connect the different parts of the book, she shares her own experiences and responds to what she has learned.”