Monday, 2 September 2019

No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg


No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg
Published by Penguin in May 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook via Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


'Everything needs to change. And it has to start today'

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

I saw two social media posts about Greta Thunberg while I was reading through this Penguin collection of her inspirational speeches. One post on Facebook was sneering because there was apparently a single plastic bottle visible in a photograph of Greta on the sailboat. Another post, this time on Twitter, was a vicious attack ridiculing her as a disturbed child. Both posts sought to dismiss Greta out of hand and neither actually engaged with the climate message she so fervently wants to share. That so many (mostly) men are desperate to undermine Greta is encouraging! It shows she is hitting a nerve, that the points she so clearly makes are valid, and that the money-making echelons of society are worried about the effects of her words on their profits.

On Friday I will be blogging my review of We Need New Stories by Nesrine Malik. Nesrine talks about the traditional ways in which inconvenient voices are silenced and the backlash against Greta ticks every box! Fortunately now though, I think there are enough of us inspired by Greta's words, supporting her and promoting her message, that her generation might still have the chance of a good future. Our society is changing and every single one of us needs to step up and take responsibility for our personal resource consumption. As Greta reminds us, it is already too late for baby steps.

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4 comments:

  1. I want to read this one. I swear, people (Greta's detractors) need to freaking get a life. It makes me mad that they're trying to diminish her and her cause.

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    1. It wouldn't be so exasperating for me if the detractors only attacked her message, but I guess they know they're on a losing tack there!

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  2. She sounds really incredible. I do think we ought to recycle like other nations do. Unfortunately the recycling that is collected isn't being recycled anyway so I guess we've got to work on that first. Still I don't think not eating meat is the answer either. ❤️

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    1. It's frustrating to see efforts such as recycling not being carried through to their intended destination. We have a reasonably good system in the UK although it's not a patch on some of the other European countries' solutions

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