Day 17: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Across the first month of 2020, Sophie Baggott is sharing her thirty favourite books by women from across the world. Find out more about her project to read women writers from every country worldwide here.

This collection of Greta Thunberg’s speeches, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, was the book I selected for Sweden – and it is perhaps the most important book I’ve read so far on this project. It’s published by Penguin for £2.99 – please do pass it on to any remaining climate denialists!

Read this book
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In a nutshell: This is a terrifyingly necessary call to action, this collection of speeches by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (b.2003) – who sparked a global movement via school strikes – should be compulsory reading worldwide, esp. for politicians & businesses.

To pluck out a line: “We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back.”

If I had to choose one image: Greta repeatedly calls for world leaders to act as if our house is on fire, that is, to respond with the level of panic that this global emergency demands and to drop the business-as-usual complacency.

Sharing a thought: Condemning the UK’s ongoing support for new exploitation of fossil fuels (the shale-gas fracking industry, the expansion of the North Sea oil and gas fields, the expansion of airports, the planning permission for a new coal mine), Greta predicts that this recklessness will be recalled as one of humankind’s greatest failures.

Fact: Scientists unanimously tell us we have just 11 years before setting off an irreversible chain reaction, way beyond human control, that will probably be the end of our civilisation as we know it – how can we not act on that knowledge?

If you’d like to read No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, please visit here.

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