Penguin will publish “The Climate Book,” a new work by climate activist Greta Thunberg, this coming autumn. Over 100 people contributed to the book, which provides an overview of how Earth’s many crises connect.
“I have decided to use my platform to create a book based on the current best available science – a book that covers the climate, ecological and sustainability crises holistically,” Thunberg said. “Because the climate crisis is, of course, only a symptom of a much larger sustainability crisis. My hope is that this book might be some kind of go-to source for understanding these different, closely interconnected crises.”
Contributors approach the climate topic from varied perspectives. Scientists from around the globe are well represented, including ice and sea change expert Ricarda Winkelmann of Potsdam, Germany, Brooklyn-born marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Chadian geographer Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood and French economist Thomas Piketty also share their climate views.
Thunberg has already published three books, two of which her parents and sister co-authored. These include “Scenes from the Heart,” “Our House Is on Fire” and “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.” In her new book, Thunberg will share her own experiences of climate activism and the prevalence of greenwashing. She emphasizes that people need to understand how much we have been fooled by greenwashing before we can act — and before we deserve to hope.
“Right now, we are in desperate need of hope. But hope is not about pretending that everything will be fine,” Thunberg said. “To me, hope is not something that is given to you, it is something you have to earn, to create. It cannot be gained passively, through standing by and waiting for someone else to do something. Hope is taking action. It is stepping outside your comfort zone. And if a bunch of weird schoolkids were able to get millions of people to start changing their lives, just imagine what we could all do together if we really tried.”
Via The Guardian
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