Greta Thunberg to Publish ‘The Climate Book’ on How ‘Planet’s Many Crises Connect’
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish environmental activist who has been challenging the world to take immediate action to help mitigate the climate crisis since she was 15, has a new book coming out this fall — The Climate Book — featuring more than 100 contributors, from novelist Margaret Atwood to scientist Katharine Hayhoe and social activist and author Naomi Klein.
The purpose of The Climate Book is to give readers a “global overview of how the planet’s many crises connect,” reported The Guardian.
“All the facts and stories in this book are unnerving enough individually. But they too, are closely joined together- just like all of us. And once you start to connect them, understanding them as a part of a web of interlinked events, they quickly gain another, far more alarming meaning,” Thunberg said in a video post on her Twitter account, as The Hill reported.
In The Climate Book, Thunberg considers what her own experiences as a climate activist have taught her, reported The Guardian. She also discusses greenwashing, which she feels is one of humanity’s biggest obstacles, but — once we know the full extent of its implications — also an opportunity for hope because we can do something.
“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,” said Thunberg, as The Independent reported. “Because the climate crisis is, of course, only a symptom of a much larger sustainability crisis.”
Thunberg began her public work as a climate activist in 2018 when she staged a protest outside the Swedish Parliament with a sign that read “Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate).” This led to an international movement of students skipping Friday classes to participate in demonstrations demanding action from leaders concerning the climate crisis.
Thunberg has already been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“Right now, we are in desperate need of hope. But hope is not about pretending that everything will be fine,” said Thunberg, as reported by The Guardian. “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.”
Of the three books Thunberg has already published, Scenes from the Heart and Our House Is on Fire were co-authored by Thunberg’s parents and sister. A book of Thunberg’s collected speeches concerning planetary warming and the climate crisis, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, was published in 2019.
The Climate Book will be published in the UK in October of this year and will be released in the U.S. early next year.
“This is the biggest story in the world, and it must be spoken as far and wide as our voices can carry, and much further still,” said Thunberg, as The Independent reported.