No One Is Too Small

I think we all know who Greta Thunberg is. She is the unlikely Swedish teenager turned climate change activist who has galvanized millions to act on behalf of the planet. (She was also Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2019.) You can find out more about her in this new book, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference. This small book is a compilation of 11 speeches she has given around the world over the last year or so.

Her message is science-based and simple: we have until roughly 2030 (10 years!) to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 50% –or face catastrophic, irreversible climate change. The tone of this book is sobering (and very, very scary) but it is not without hope: “… we are failing but we have not yet failed. We can still fix this.”

In these speeches we see Greta Thunberg’s courage, her fierce determination and her “in your face” attitude. You got to love the gutsy way she lambastes political and business leaders for their failure to take meaningful action on climate change.

You might also want to have a look at another book coming soon to WPL, Our House is on Fire written jointly by Greta Thunberg, her parents and her younger sister. It’s how the Thunberg family, a pretty ordinary and not very environmentally-conscious family, struggled to understand Greta’s climate change preoccupation and the adaptations they all made.

— Penny D.