Greta Thunberg publishes a ‘go-to source’ book on the climate crisis | Books

Greta Thunberg is due to release a new book this fall, which aims to provide “a global overview of how Earth’s many crises are interrelated.”

“I’ve decided to use my platform to create a book based on the current best available science — one that addresses climate, environmental and sustainability crises holistically,” Thunberg said in a statement. “Because, of course, the climate crisis is only a symptom of a much larger sustainability crisis. I hope this book can be sort of a go-to resource for understanding these different, closely related crises.”

In The Climate Book, to be published by Penguin this fall, Thunberg has gathered more than 100 contributors, from scientists Johan Rockström and Katharine Hayhoe to economist Thomas Piketty and novelist Margaret Atwood. The 19-year-old also shares what she’s learned from her own experiences with climate activism. In particular, she discusses the prevalence of greenwashing and reveals the extent to which we have been kept in the dark about the issue. She calls this one of our biggest problems, but also our biggest source of hope – because, she thinks, if we all have the full picture, we can act.

Greta Thunberg announces launch of The Climate Book – video

“Right now we desperately need hope,” Thunberg said. “But hope isn’t about pretending everything will be okay.”

She added: “To me, hope is not something that is given to you, it is something that you have to earn, to create. It cannot be acquired passively, by watching and waiting for someone else to do something. Hope takes action. It is stepping outside your comfort zone. And if a bunch of weird school kids could get millions of people to change their lives, just imagine what we could all do together if we really tried.

Since 2018, when Thunberg, then 15, started her now-famous school strike, the Swedish teenager has been calling for stronger action against the climate crisis. She has become a global celebrity and figurehead of the environmentalist community, became the youngest Time Person of the Year in 2019 and was nominated three times for a Nobel Peace Prize.

She has previously published three books, two co-authored by her parents and sister: Scenes from the Heart and Our House Is on Fire, and a collection of speeches, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. This new book will be her most comprehensive work to date, bringing together expert ideas and knowledge with a view to “equipping us all” to drive positive change.

“Greta has proven to be one of our best and most inspiring new writers,” said Chloe Currens, Thunberg’s editor at Penguin. “In a series of sharp, insightful, and passionate chapters, merging the different parts of the book, she shares her own experiences and responds to what she’s learned.”

Currens called The Climate Book “unique” and “alive with a moral purpose.” It “aims to change the climate conversation forever,” she said.

The Climate Book is expected to be published in the UK on October 27, 2022, with a US release scheduled for early 2023.

The full list of contributors can be found here.

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