Greta Thunberg is releasing a new book this autumn, which aims to offer a “global overview of how the planet’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 in a statement. “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.”
In The Climate Book, which is due to be published by Penguin this autumn, Thunberg has assembled more than 100 contributors, from scientists Johan Rockström and Katharine Hayhoe to economist Thomas Piketty and novelist Margaret Atwood. The 19-year-old shares what she has learned about climate activism from her own personal experiences. She discusses in particular the PrevalenceThis is GreenwashingThis revealed the extent to which the issue has been kept secret. She names this as one of our biggest problems, but also our greatest source of hope – because, she believes, once we are all given the full picture, we will be able to act.
“Right now, we are in desperate need of hope”, Thunberg said. “But hope is not about pretending that everything will be fine.”
She added: “To me, hope is not something that is given to you, it is something you have to earn, to create. It is not possible to gain it passively by waiting for someone else. Hope is taking action. It’s about stepping out of 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.”
Thunberg, then 15 years old, started her now-famous school walkout in 2018 and has been calling for greater action against the climate crisis ever since. She has become a global celebrity and figurehead of the environmental activism community, being named the youngest Time Person of the year in 2019 and nominated three times to the Nobel Peace Prize.
She has published three books before, two of which were co-authored with her parents and her sister. Scenes from the HeartAnd Our House is on Fire, and one collection speech. There is no one too small to make a difference. This new book is set to be her most comprehensive work yet, pulling together ideas and knowledge from experts with a view to “equip us all” to make positive change.
“Greta has proven herself to be one of our finest and most galvanising new writers”, said Chloe Currens, Thunberg’s editor at Penguin. “In a series of sharp, insightful and impassioned chapters, which knit the book’s different parts together, she shares her own experiences and responds to what she’s learned.”
Currens went on to call The Climate Book “unique” and “alive with moral purpose”. It “aims to change the climate conversation forever” she said.
The Climate Book will be published in the UK on October 27, 2022. A US release is planned for early 2023.
You can find the complete list of contributors here Here.