No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to Capitol Hill and mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Details

TitleNo One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherPenguin Books
ISBN-139780143133568
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Environment, Science

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Review

  • Rebecca McNutt
    January 1, 1970
    2020 UPDATE:Back in mid-2019, I had posted this review and gotten quite a lot of negative comments on it. I was just deleting the comments, but now I've decided to save myself the trouble and just try to respond to some typical complaints from people here; I am taking five university classes right now, the commute is terrible, and frankly I don't have the time to be going along every day trying to explain to angry people why I'm not a fan of this book. So, I'll try here. One thing I am NOT going 2020 UPDATE:Back in mid-2019, I had posted this review and gotten quite a lot of negative comments on it. I was just deleting the comments, but now I've decided to save myself the trouble and just try to respond to some typical complaints from people here; I am taking five university classes right now, the commute is terrible, and frankly I don't have the time to be going along every day trying to explain to angry people why I'm not a fan of this book. So, I'll try here. One thing I am NOT going to do is delete my rating. I don't care if people disagree with my views or not, but the idea that people are getting so volatile over this little book is simply ridiculous. I'm entitled to my opinion, and you to yours. However, we are all adults here (I presume), and there is no reason to be rude.Further 2020 Late January Update:Yes, I delete all the comments on this review. I'm not trying to be a coward about it, I also delete comments praising me or agreeing with me. I started deleting comments because they were piling up and many were vulgar, disgusting, bordering on inappropriate to the point where a GR moderator would have come along at some point and deleted them, anyway - hell, it's my own review! I can delete comments on a whim based on what phase of the moon it is for all it matters.No, I did not post this review for attention. In case anybody wasn't aware, some likes on a review doesn't exactly make me Kim Kardashian. I don't get any attention out of this review, really. Nothing substantive enough so as to make me post something controversial deliberately just for that reason.No, I am not a conservative libertarian for attention, either (to the guy who decided to go and read my GR profile for whatever reason). Come visit my country where they are banning guns and single-use plastics, taxing carbon, bringing in presumed consent legislation for organ donation and giving $50 million in taxpayers' dollars to Mastercard, and you will understand why I am a conservative libertarian. It is not for attention, or for the sake of being controversial. It is to stand up for my values and liberties, which my own country is treading on. Before you accuse me of just seeking bad attention by having a controversial political stance, get to know my situation, first.Yes, I've sold my soul to Satan. Better Satan than the almighty Greta Thunberg. Any more questions???First of all, in response to the biggest complaint I've gotten on this review, no, I didn't rate No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference 1 star simply due to the fact that I personally disagree with radical climate initiatives and that I am apathetic to climate change. To clear up a few things, no, I am not some bumpkin living in the redneck backwoods with a MAGA hat on and a shotgun under my bed. I come from quite a liberal, scientifically intelligent and well-educated family. I am not a climate change denier, nor am I against environmentalism. I applaud youth activists like Autumn Peltier and Boyan Slat (you know, young people who have actually brought forth real solutions for the planet, not just made doomsday prophecies). I am anti-socialist and anti-communist. I am a conservative libertarian. Typically I try not to talk about my own political stance, but apparently I am expected to be explaining my stance lest people believe I am an unlearned, inbred hillbilly who is out to get the planet.Secondly, no, I do not hate Greta Thunberg as a person. I have never even met her. I am not jealous of her (frankly, there's very little to be jealous of there, no offence), nor do I hate her because she is autistic (I happen to be in the same boat as she is, as are my mother and little brother). I have personal issues with her becoming the face of autism awareness and going on about "aspie power" as if that will reduce the stigma any (asperger's is a term connected to a Nazi doctor, there is evidence that he collaborated in the murder of children with disabilities under the Third Reich, and many autistic people find "aspie" to be patronizing), but all things considered, I don't hate Greta Thunberg. She hasn't done anything to me, and for all her talk, she hasn't brought forth anything so extreme on a global scale so as to impact me. It was good ol' Trudeau who dumped a carbon tax on my country, not Greta Thunberg. I have bigger fish to fry than Greta. Who knows? Climate change views aside, we might even get along to some extent if we happened to meet, though I'm sure we would blatantly disagree on quite a few things. I am twenty-one years old, I'm not some angry baby boomer.*I'll give you my disposable plastic drinking straws when you pry them from my cold, dead hands though! 😈Seriously though, let's kick the politics to the curb for a minute and take the book for what it is - a book, on Goodreads, a book review website. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is poorly-written in my opinion, extremely repetitive, and I find it bizarre how so many people want it to have nothing less than a 5 star rating simply because they support its message about climate change. I'm not going to give a book with formatting issues, rambling repetition and a one-sided viewpoint a 5 star review simply because a child wrote it (which she didn't; she may have made these speeches herself, but she didn't compile them here). It's also not really a "book". It's more of a lengthy pamphlet, or one of those fake book stocking stuffers they sell as novelties around the holidays. I've never given something like that five stars before, especially if it has nothing new or groundbreaking to say. Politically-specific, I take issue with the fact that Greta proposes no real solutions. While I'm aware in general that she believes we should all abstain from fossil fuels and go vegan (maybe when pigs fly; did I mention I'm also a speciesist?), this book in and of itself is one big temper tantrum and panic attack. She says that people have the capacity to change, she plays the blame game, but she doesn't promote any unifying compromise or realistic ideas, and her understanding of diplomacy and economic variances is limited at best. Not that an environmental activist necessarily has to be well-versed in politics as a must-have, but it's definitely unwise to downplay or ignore the economy and politics within the broader issue here, and moreover it reflects a lack of humility or understanding.My point is, anybody can open their mouth and say something. Anybody can get loud and shout. Hell, people get famous these days just for trying on makeup or filming their dog doing something stupid, so even fame isn't such a special concept anymore. If you are saying nothing of substance and wanting others to do everything to make you happy, that's your fault, not the world's. Putting such an abysmal attitude into a book format does not make for good reading. What bothers me the most about No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is that it is the work of an over-privileged child who chose on purpose to forego school, lucky enough to be born in one of the most socially-progressive countries in the world with a well-off family who appears to care about her, and she has the audacity to tell all of us other people how to live and how to think. I've been poor, and I've met others far worse off than I have ever been. I don't need somebody else to tell me that I'm still not doing enough (is taking a public bus every day, shopping locally, planting trees and recycling still not enough? I do all of those things and more, but oh, cruel fate! I still use plastics sometimes and buy fast food!). I don't need this over-privileged, spoiled teenage girl's advice, because she's out of touch with both the environment and with society. Greta sharing her fears about the planet is not so much the issue here. More power to her if she believes in something. Less power to her if she's going to be such a hypocrite and fancy herself the one who gets to look down her nose at everybody else when she has no way of understanding their individual circumstances. Less power to her if her publishers are going to release something as repetitive and badly-formatted as this while pushing it as "the voice of a generation" (not my generation!) Why anybody would expect that I should or would give a positive review to a book that is more or less one long high horse is totally beyond me. I am sure that this new update, which I am hoping better sums up my problem with this book, will still generate many complaints and people biting my head off for criticizing it in the first place, but life is too short to be so angry. To all of you who feel the need to post a comment scolding me for my views on this book, all I have to say to you is, if you truly felt so secure about your own values and opinions, why would you even feel any need to draw further attention to mine? Surely if you believe your views are more solid and have stronger legs to stand on, you don't need to waste your time nitpicking over this book review, do you? Here's a novel idea! Let's all just agree to disagree and act our ages! What do you say?I heard a great song once that just about sums up my entire stance on Greta Thunberg and climate change, and on the many speeches in this book... "You worry too much, you make yourself sad,You can't change fate, but don't feel so bad!Enjoy it while you can! It's just like the weather!So, quit complaining, brother! No one lives forever!I'm so happy, dancing while the Grim ReaperCuts! Cuts! Cuts! (but he can't get me!)I'm as clever as can be, and I'm very quick, but don't forget,We've only got so many tricks!No one lives forever!You think you've got it rough? What about your darling doggie?Ten short years, and he's getting old and groggy,I don't think it's very fair! Cold chop low!But it's all relative, my friend!No one lives forever!Let's have a party, there's a full moon in the sky!It's the hour of the wolf, and I don't want to die!No one beats him at his gameFor very long, but just the same,Who cares? There's no place safe to hide!Nowhere to run, no time to cry,So celebrate while you still can,Or any second, it may end,And when it's all been said and done,Better that you had some fun!Instead of hiding in a shell,Why make your life a living hell?Have a toast, down the cup!Drink to bones that turn to dust,Since no one, no one, no one...No one lives forever!" No One Lives Forever by Oingo Boingo
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  • Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan
    January 1, 1970
    My review got posted on Plant Based News - the world's leading website for vegan news, exciting times! Homo Sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands. Its been a long time since I felt any hope. Year in year out we seem to only get worse as a species. More and more incompetent leaders are elected into positions of power and we push the planet further and further to My review got posted on Plant Based News - the world's leading website for vegan news, exciting times! “Homo Sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands.” It’s been a long time since I felt any hope. Year in year out we seem to only get worse as a species. More and more incompetent leaders are elected into positions of power and we push the planet further and further to collapse and nothing seems to give; yet, these words give me hope. Greta Thunberg gives me hope. And that’s important. The future has not yet been written and there is time enough to prevent the chaos that is coming our way. Greta Thunberg is an inspiring activist, a leader and a voice the world so desperately needs. This book collects her speeches to date, and they are all very powerful and convincing. She wants us to panic more than she wants us to feel hope; she wants us to recognise what is happening so we can act and prevent anymore destruction. We need to wise up and take greater responsibility for our actions. We need to become vegans and minimise our environmental impact. We need to start caring. Language is so important, calling what we face by its true name is the key. This is the strongest element of her rhetoric; her simple and mature ability to rationalise and address the problem at hand: the environmental crisis. Because that’s exactly what we face. She has called adults out on their irresponsibility and complete lack of foresight at the European Economic Social Committee earlier on this year, calling those in attendance irresponsible children. Her words work towards shaming our so-called leaders and governments that are tasked with protecting the welfare of their nations. But what’s the point if none of these nations have a future? It takes the words of a child (the words of the future generation) to get people to listen and they certainly have had a rippling effect on an international level. She’s been nominated for the noble peace prize this year and if she won, she’d be the first vegan to do so which would be a tremendous victory for the movement. I think she really deserves it for the interest and attention her words have given the environmental crisis we face. She has a striking ability to get to the heart of the matter and is without a doubt one of the most influential people of the 21st century. I also love how she embraces her Asperger’s and celebrates the strengths it has granted her, calling it a gift rather than a hindrance. In my experience, autistics are always remarkable people. So, this is a great little book full of encouraging words and hope, hope that this planet will one day have a future if the world listens and starts caring. Greta Thunberg does, indeed, prove the sentiment her book title evokes: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. Facebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    some people say that i should study to become a climate scientist so that i can solve the climate crisis. but the climate crisis has already been solved. we already have all the facts and solutions. all we have to do is to wake up and change. continuing my tradition of starting off the new year with some words of action and much needed inspiration (see last year).i heard about greta thunberg so much towards the end of last year, but i never watched or read any of her speeches. i shouldnt be so ‘some people say that i should study to become a climate scientist so that i can “solve the climate crisis.” but the climate crisis has already been solved. we already have all the facts and solutions. all we have to do is to wake up and change.’ continuing my tradition of starting off the new year with some words of action and much needed inspiration (see last year).i heard about greta thunberg so much towards the end of last year, but i never watched or read any of her speeches. i shouldnt be so surprised that someone so young can radiate such passion for an important cause.what i really like is the consistent message across all of her speeches, which is that she understands the importance of not waiting for political action to fight against the climate crisis. yes, changing policy is important on a global level, but we can also make a difference locally and in our personal lives. this article lists many small ways we can alter our lifestyle in order to live in a more eco-friendly manner. i definitely will be implementing these suggestions to my own living this year. so heres to 2020, a new year, a new decade, where we can choose to make a difference, protect our planet, and ensure our home is around/habitable for future generations to come. PS - for those interested, here are links to the text and video of her speech at the UN climate change conference. ↠ 4.5 stars
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  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    Not impressed.Rating. We start at 5 stars:+6 stars: I give it an extra star for the author's devotion to nature (+1 star), young age (+1 star), determination (+1 star), mental illness (+1 star), another +1 star so that she wouldn't cry (or sulk or whatever she does to terrorize her parents) and for everything else that I couldn't give a damn to care to remember or list (+1 star). -1 star for repetitiveness-1 star for no solutions suggested-1 star for boring writing, as she isn't 8 to write so Not impressed.Rating. We start at 5 stars:+6 stars: I give it an extra star for the author's devotion to nature (+1 star), young age (+1 star), determination (+1 star), mental illness (+1 star), another +1 star so that she wouldn't cry (or sulk or whatever she does to terrorize her parents) and for everything else that I couldn't give a damn to care to remember or list (+1 star). -1 star for repetitiveness-1 star for no solutions suggested-1 star for boring writing, as she isn't 8 to write so simply.-1 star for further polluting the world with creating more trash during her protests, using that ludicrous boat to travel (with 2 sailor teams that fly to and fro) and trains and everything.-1 star for lies: Q: This is not a political text. (c) Of-freaking-course it is. -1 star for this alleged book not being a book but a pamphlet with some rants.-1 star for preaching to the choir. We know that all of this is going to hell in a handbasket. We just don't know how to stop it. -1 star for wrongly stating that we have all solutions today. And at another point rambling about 'thinking cathedrally'. We don't have all the necessary solutions in place and we are already quite 'cathedral-thinking', thank you so much. -1 star for wrongly choosing the auditory. The influencers and politicians and random public are not the people that actually can do something. It's not about Trump being difficult or Merkel being lazy or some influencer evangelist Nico or Mary or whoever from I don't care where influencing people about lipstick and shoes instead of climate change. It's the scientists who should catch the ball, not about being alarmist but rather about having solutions. We don't have all the necessary tech (clean energy, wasteless processes, zero footprint food, etc) invented and implemented. Almost nothing today is zero carbon footprint no matter what the scientists might claim. -1 star for being illiterate and subjecting public to her illiterate rants about stuff way above Greta's very limited skills. Going to school and getting some education to be able to actually do something useful might be a way to remedy this: how about inventing some new energy sources (clean and applicable everywhere!), Greta?The end result is 1 star. Which, frankly, is very generous for this original-ish but pointless rant collection.Q:Last summer, climate scientist Johan Rockström and some other people wrote that we have at most three years to reverse growth in greenhouse-gas emissions if we’re going to reach the goals set in the Paris Agreement.Over a year and two months have now passed, and in that time many other scientists have said the same thing and a lot of things have got worse and greenhouse-gas emissions continue to increase. So maybe we have even less time than the one year and ten months Johan Rockström said we have left.If people knew this they wouldn’t need to ask me why I’m so ‘passionate about climate change’.If people knew that the scientists say that we have a 5 per cent chance of meeting the Paris target, and if people knew what a nightmare scenario we will face if we don’t keep global warming below 2°C, they wouldn’t need to ask me why I’m on school strike outside parliament. (c) People know that, Greta. They aren't illiterate dolts, unlike what you think.Q:Because if everyone knew how serious the situation is and how little is actually being done, everyone would come and sit down beside us. (c) Right. Because so many things are solved by sitting down in the middle of the street. I'm kidding. Spoiler: they never are. You have to get your ass up and do things: invent cleaner energy and implement it afterwards, everywhere. Have fun (not!)Q:When I was about eight years old, I first heard about something called climate change, or global warming. (c) You shouldn't have stopped developing your skills at that point. Today you would've been able to make sense and maybe some impact. In 2 years you'll be 18, adult and no one will think you cutesy anymore. They'll just relabel you to, well, problematic and will be done with you. Q:I think in many ways that we autistic are the normal ones and the rest of the people are pretty strange. (c) There are no normal people. Whatever spectrum or neuromake-up.Q:If the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. (c) No shit Sherlock! How? How would you effing live without the computer you printed this BS on, without shoes you wear, without sandwitches you eat, without trains and boats and planes and cars and everything you use to move from point A to point B, without the meds that help you (or not)... Try growing some grain to make it into bread and you'll see what's wrong with this idea and why it's so stupid.Q:Either we go on as a civilization or we don’t. ...Either we choose to go on as a civilization or we don’t. (c) We aren't much of a civilization, frankly. If an illiterate teen is made into some saint maybe we should just stop existing and pave the way to some more intellectually developed civilisation? I say either Greta goes to school, finally, or we don't. How about that? Civilization strike, anyone?Q:Are we evil?No, of course not. (c) Of course we are. Don't kid yourself.Q:No one is acting as if we were in a crisis. ...I don’t want you to be hopeful.I want you to panic.I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. (c) So, we are supposed to act like we are in some crisis? Like, scream and run randomly about doing nothing? Is that the illustrious course of action we are supposed to undertake? Q: Even most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy. (c) Even your sailors do.Q:Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can ‘solve the climate crisis’. But the climate crisis has already been solved.We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change. (c)Optimistic much. You're misinformed, Greta. Go learn some Georgaphy and Economics and Physics. There are no viable generally applicable solutions. Q:But I think that if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school for a few weeks, imagine what we all could do together if we wanted to. (c) Get a billion of headlines or what? Q:The real power belongs to the people. (c) Too bad it's not brainpower.Q:We know that most politicians don’t want to talk to us. Good, we don’t want to talk to them either. We want them to talk to the scientists instead. (c) Finally. Some practioners needed not theoreticians. You basically need to change everything in our economies. And you don't need to talk about climate. You need to talk about how our billions of people can live without changing it. There's the rub. Q:I write my own speeches... I often ask for input. I also have a few scientists that I frequently ask for help on how to express certain complicated matters. (c) Uh-huh. So large chunks of this stuff are what adults tell her. Q:During the last six months I have travelled around Europe for hundreds of hours in trains, electric cars and buses, repeating these life-changing words over and over again. But no one seems to be talking about it... (c) Actually, people are. It would have been more nature-oriented not to do that.Q:We children are not sacrificing our education and our childhood for you to tell us what you consider is politically possible in the society that you have created. (c) Go and create a better one. Be my guest. Q:Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling. (c) That's a very bad analogy. York Minster Cathedral? 252 years to build? Sagrada Famiglia? Work in progress since 1882? If so, we are doing just fine with the climate, relax? We are thinking quite cathedrally already, stumbling about at random.
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  • Kat Valentine
    January 1, 1970
    This book of speeches by Greta thundberg 16 year old climate actitivest is very thought provoking. It just goes to show that one voice does matter. No matter what side of the debate your on for climate change it is our children and their children who will suffer if somethings not done. They can say all they want about this young generation ,but one thing I admire about them is Their not afraid to stand up and make changes and though social media and YouTube they have a voice!!!
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  • Sci-(Fi) Nerd Mario
    January 1, 1970
    To have achieved more in this age than others in one's life speaks for itself. And an ode to "haters gonna hate". It can not be put into words how great this movement is. Nobody has so far been able to positively mobilize the youth of the 21st century to such an extent. Spotlighting the topics of climate change, environmental degradation and the stupidity of the economy, as trivialized by the leading media. To describe the positive could fill volumes. But now to the haters, who unfortunately To have achieved more in this age than others in one's life speaks for itself. And an ode to "haters gonna hate". It can not be put into words how great this movement is. Nobody has so far been able to positively mobilize the youth of the 21st century to such an extent. Spotlighting the topics of climate change, environmental degradation and the stupidity of the economy, as trivialized by the leading media. To describe the positive could fill volumes. But now to the haters, who unfortunately still have not learned or understood anything crucial.The cheap methodology used by civil trolls or trolls who elected trolls against Fridays for future is ridiculous and abject. Similar tendencies come from the camps of resigned, frustrated, dissatisfied conservatives. They do not like activism, enthusiasm or the smallest amount change. Ugh, that's terrible for them. So they say things like: ()= inner viewShe is too young and politicians have acquired their offices through competence.She would enrich herself and be a puppet of her parents.She would be too cheeky and presumptuous toward authorities.She does not write the speeches alone.She is so dedicated and full of life. (I, on the other hand, am bitter, internally dead and therefore jealous, but I do not want to admit that, so I hate it.)She uses mass transit.She is a woman. (And I'm a misogynist, but I'm not allowed to live it out anymore like in the good old times, just like my homophobia, Islamophobia, ... stupid liberal, progressive, '*+#)She talks about complex things that I do not understand. (I would have to make an effort, learn and read, to understand, to revise my worldview.)Etc. What differentiated and substantiated criticism. Funny that these are the same people who refuse bitter truths as conspiracy theories. They are so castrated in their thinking that they barely notice anything happening around them, let alone in the world. But when it comes to ranting against a dedicated icon of teenagers, spraying hatred against a young woman, they are great and big and strong. They crawl in front of their political icons and ideologies, but against Greta, they suddenly dare to open their mouth. And look at their change of heart. First, they rant about the indifferent, just consuming, dumb youth, those smombies with their devices. Their own voting behavior is to copy what mommy, daddy and the coworkers choose, but ok. As soon as the youth begins to put their finger into the sore, stinking sepsis of a wound inflicted on the planet with the help of their ignorance, the joviality mode is activated. "Pat, Pat. Don´t rack your hollow brains full of fake news, do not fill them with the lies of Nobel laureates (except economics), scientists and leading luminaries, fill them with mass media as we do. What does the FOX say?" As always, revolutions begin when youth begins to be interested in politics. Fortunately, the classic indoctrination mantra, "Give them to us when they are still young and we have them forever." gets a positive connotation in the present ago. Not one of the moronic ideologies of the past, but a movement focused on science, humanism and sustainability. Instead of blind obedience, absurd statutes and pseudo-sciences such as economics, participation in lived democracy, freedom to participate and a foundation of genuine, hard science. It is invaluable how many people is given hope and confidence for a better future by Greta and Fridays for future. That civil society has finally begun to rise up against the boundless ignorance, incompetence, stupidity, greed, corruption, etc. of politics. It would exceed the possible length for reviews several times to complete that list. I would go so far as to say that her leitmotif goes beyond the ones of other worthy activists, human rights activists, environmentalists... Because the planet, the climate, the survivability in the future affects us all land not just a fragment of the whole. An important fragment for sure, but just a part. Because a young person managed to wake up an entire generation. It´s literally high time, but not too late to continue her consistent optimism. And it's just the start, the beginning of something big, unprecedented. Thanks to the digital possibilities, everyone around the world can be part of it. So that all the strengths, competencies, interests and abilities of young cosmopolitans flow together. And that gives me optimism about the future, the only possible option unless one wants to sicken one's mind with the plumes of the dark side. PS: Please economists, predicts the next crisis. An exact science can certainly extrapolate with a transparent, understandable, logical formula. Otherwise, Alfred Nobel would surely have opposed that you have a Nobel Prize at all ... Oh, he has and never wanted to have one. Did not think that was a real science and just dangerous charlatanry, did you know? The Nobel Prize for Economics came later, why oh why, funded by the Swedish Central Bank. Pleasant, likable guys like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman got it for their great, still perfect working concepts. Do you see it today everywhere? Neoliberalism, jay, sunshine and lollypops! Fully objective and impartial criteria for the awards too. As if actors awarded themselves for the Oscars. Or politicians medals to themselves. Or clergymen canonize themselves. Dear children of economics, please become reasonable at last. Stop playing with the gross national product and throwing inflation and deflation at each other, that could hurt an eye! And then, when you are afraid and don´t know what to do, you run to the central bank. Behave like adults instead, it´s never too late to learn something substantial. Everyone is special, even you. And how sweet that you keep saying, "The market, deregulation.", all the time, it´s lovely. Please stand between the backlashers and political extremists, next to the religious fanatics, for the group photo. Well, smile now and say "Trickle-down theory". Thank you, and now inside the history books with you, swift, swift to the anachronisms.The paradigm shift will sweep you away as an unfortunate footnote.A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_...
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Basically, in a world in which a great number of policy makers are loosing their marbles 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is demanding of those world leaders to finally listen to the crushing majority of scientists and start doing something reasonable before we loose the one blue marble our all lives depend on.What the Fuck is wrong with that?________[Update 05 November 2019]11,000+ scientists (and Greta) warn of untold suffering: World Scientists Warning of a Climate Emergency An immense increase Basically, in a world in which a great number of policy makers are loosing their marbles 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is demanding of those “world leaders” to finally listen to the crushing majority of scientists and start doing something reasonable before we loose the one blue marble our all lives depend on.What the Fuck is wrong with that?________[Update 05 November 2019]11,000+ scientists (and Greta) warn of ‘untold suffering’: World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency An immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis. [...]The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity. Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points and nature's reinforcing feedbacks (atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial) that could lead to a catastrophic “hothouse Earth,” well beyond the control of humans. These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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  • Riku Sayuj
    January 1, 1970
    "We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.To all of you who choose to look the other way every day because you seem more frightened of the changes that can prevent catastrophic climate change than the catastrophic climate change itself.Your silence is almost worst of all.The future of all the coming generations rests on your shoulders.Those of us who are still children cant change what you do now once were old enough to do something about it.So please, treat the climate crisis "We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.To all of you who choose to look the other way every day because you seem more frightened of the changes that can prevent catastrophic climate change than the catastrophic climate change itself.Your silence is almost worst of all.The future of all the coming generations rests on your shoulders.Those of us who are still children can’t change what you do now once we’re old enough to do something about it.So please, treat the climate crisis like the acute crisis it is and give us a future.Our lives are in your hands."
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    *Unpopular opinion alert* I absolutely hated this little book. It is a collection of Gretas speeches, but they are all extremely dull to read, and various paragraphs are repeated over and over in different speeches. This does not mean I find her uninspiring or that I dont believe in climate change, I 1000% do! But this book is absolutely not the way to go if you want to convince people of your cause. There is background info missing, which I guess you wouldnt have time to explain during a *Unpopular opinion alert* I absolutely hated this little book. It is a collection of Greta’s speeches, but they are all extremely dull to read, and various paragraphs are repeated over and over in different speeches. This does not mean I find her uninspiring or that I don’t believe in climate change, I 1000% do! But this book is absolutely not the way to go if you want to convince people of your cause. There is background info missing, which I guess you wouldn’t have time to explain during a speech, but since this is a book it would have made it much more interesting if we got more background info on the claims she is making, and the locations/background info on the speeches themselves, e.g. telling the readers a little about the situation and why she was going to speech at a certain location and why that day etc.I don’t recommend this book at all. Don’t give this to climate skeptics and don’t give this to people that are on the fence, this will not convince them of the realness or the urgency of the problem unfortunately.
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  • notgettingenough
    January 1, 1970
    Apologies for the French, but it's so fucking hard to understand why we can't just get with the program.What's happening is this. The answers to our problems lie in extremely cheap, low tech solutions. All my reading on this at the moment leads me to the conclusion that peasants in China, India, Africa, South America can do the right thing we can't. Because it's too easy for us. We seem to be so propagandised with the notion that if things aren't high tech, they are primitive. People. We have to Apologies for the French, but it's so fucking hard to understand why we can't just get with the program.What's happening is this. The answers to our problems lie in extremely cheap, low tech solutions. All my reading on this at the moment leads me to the conclusion that peasants in China, India, Africa, South America can do the right thing we can't. Because it's too easy for us. We seem to be so propagandised with the notion that if things aren't high tech, they are primitive. People. We have to ignore big business, and unfortunately also our governments. Luckily we don't need them. We just need to want to survive and make nature everything instead of nothing.Written and authorised by an Australian whose country is dying because we are all such total dicks.The same thing said politely by Greta and her friend:https://youtu.be/aUCD_24cygQ
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  • Kate Wyver
    January 1, 1970
    What a feat. Bit repetitive but then so is governments' continuation of ignorance and dismissal.
  • Laura Cearra
    January 1, 1970
    I don't understand how people find it acceptable to publish a book with 10 identical speeches.
  • André Oliveira
    January 1, 1970
    The only complaint is: some speeches seemed repetitive.
  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    15-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg began a climate awareness strike outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. Her efforts have become an impetus for millions of other children to go on strike from their schools and the arousal of a worldwide movement to recognize our climate crisis. This is a collection of her speeches before the British Parliament, the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the French National Assembly, and other organizations and governments. Greta addresses her critics by 15-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg began a climate awareness strike outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. Her efforts have become an impetus for millions of other children to go on strike from their schools and the arousal of a worldwide movement to recognize our climate crisis. This is a collection of her speeches before the British Parliament, the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the French National Assembly, and other organizations and governments. Greta addresses her critics by limiting the global temperatures to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, treating this as a crisis, broadcasting the climate breakdown to the world, making unprecedented changes now, reducing the carbon dioxide emissions, and uniting behind the science. A worthy read of how one child can make a difference.
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  • Sidharth Vardhan
    January 1, 1970
    I could have written defenses for her but I think she defends herself well enough against all the arguments raised against her. If people are unwilling to listen to her before judging her, I don't think they will care to read about her side here. And several reviewers here have already done that.And I do not wish to talk about climate change problem here either which seems obvious enough. And again a job people like Greta are doing well enough.There is though one thing I agree on with critics - I could have written defenses for her but I think she defends herself well enough against all the arguments raised against her. If people are unwilling to listen to her before judging her, I don't think they will care to read about her side here. And several reviewers here have already done that.And I do not wish to talk about climate change problem here either which seems obvious enough. And again a job people like Greta are doing well enough.There is though one thing I agree on with critics - she should be in school. But then it is because of inaction of grownups like me and you that all those students are out on strikes. It is us probably who should have been fighting for the planet. And, it seems to be only our own unwillingness to look at the darkness in future directly that seems to show in our unwillingness to listen to what she has to say. I try avoiding use of polythenes rather carrying groceries in hands something getting ridiculed for it and avoid buying hard copies of books and newspapers - the paper of which would be wasted after once I have read them and I, both out of preferances and of lack of options, am entirely dependent upon public transportation. But I also don't at all think that it is enough. The very electricity I used (made out of combustion of coal) and mobile data I am dependent upon for my access to Internet (radatjons harmful to birds) ensure that my personal contribution to nature is a very negative one. A friend of mine, resourceless financially, ran a NGO charity that failed within a year of its operations. But within that one year it had planted 300 trees. Now he was no Greta Thunberg, but he was capable of that. What I do is dwarfed even by that. And I don't think people like me have any right of objecting to the actions of generation who is about to be forced to pick up the trash we continue to leave behind.The argument of critics that she has no solution to offer is answered by her - listen to scientists, then. After all, ain't it is these very critics who keep claiming she is only a 15 year old. As for supposed destruction of economic system, I don't think present economic system has managed much - even in USA, the pole star of capitalism; there are people starving and not managing enough to meet the basic needs. And this is besides destruction of planet. Neither most of humans nor the environment has survived damanged done by capitalism. What then is so fabulous about our economic system? Humanity is the only nonh-zero waste species of the world - that is how intelligent we and our systems are.Anyway, it all seems repeating same things that have already talked about several times before. The real reason for writing this piece is my admiration for author. It is admirable, her clarity of expressions - something not easily visible in our political-so-called-'leaders'. She is seeing things so clearly that if she be abnormal (another criticism she has been getting a lot, I mean seriously?); it is abnormal in admirable way. She kind of gets more of my followship than most popular leaders would get out of me (very few speeches ever move me and hers do). If she stubbornly refuses to entertain arguments defending present system and status quo; it is of clarity of vision - of seeing things clearly, she knows that present system is indefensible - an albatross around necks of older generations. I agree that we should seeeverything in terms of how it might help the planet, that we must panic - it is of clarity of vision she asks us to do so. And this clarity of vision is something that people like me won't be able to, being distracted by thousand minor trifals such as the next book. I truly admire such clarity of vision. People like me need people like her to tell what is most important. And if you really think that despite her good intentions, there are some points at which she is wrong (such as littering done by her folowers at her campaign) - than remind yourself she and her followers are still young and doing older people's job.I do think she deserves a Nobel Prize but I hope they don't give it to her this time as I get the feeling that she has only started and is going to do far much more - things that, once again, really are responsiblity of mine and preceeding generations. And once we have given her Nobel Prize, we won't have much else to thank her with.But again, may be they should. That should keep her in attention of media much longer. Because I am scared that the powerful are already treating her the way they treat such admirable idealists - as a sort of entertainment. They invite her, listen to her speeches, express their concern about issues raised by her, applause her efforts in patronising ways and then move on to next entertainment in charts. Their merely having listened to her and applauded her efforts is supposed to be seen as their having done their bit (and why should it not be so? How much more do most of us who truly believe in her cause are doing?).Evil is full of devilish charms but none of those that dark characters in novels show. The people we are talking about are not dragons but Prince Charmings! they are clean shaved, often handsome and well built men wearing suits, looking clean or equally charming empowered women- no blood stains visible anywhere in those tall office buildings - not even under the mattreses, no smoke coming out of factories anywhere in surroundings (the factories are tucked away herr in third world countries). These people commiting highest amount of evil (not giving enough wages to their customers, creating products harmful for environment) are capable of convincing themselves that they are really good people - because so often the sufferings they cause are so far away (both geographically and chronologically) from what they see in their daily lives. And even others might not see the evil in them, after all how many of us hold billionaire businessmen and most disgusting politicians in admiration? Yes such evil people are really few; but than so are people who can really be called good (Martin Luther King Junior, Greta Thunberg etc). Most of us here (including yours truly) is just dummy, dull, banal people - who easily give into evil in power, look after their own ass by taking jobs that will help powerful keep thier kingdoms; while the dreams of good people rarely move us to only for a few moments of intense emotions. People who are capable of very little good action. The very idea of 200 species dying every day would haunt a really good person - that is about one specie for time you might take to read this review. A life form that was there on planet for millions of years won't any longer be and might not ever be here again. It should make us loss sleep, haunt us all the time but it doesn't. I think it does haunt Greta though, I think it is kind of thing she can't get out of her mind (so feels compelled to repeat it) and that is kind of reasons why she (or really other activists like her) are better humans than we are or at least I am.Greta says powerful are counting on technology not built yet. True that (unless conspiracy theory they are hiding those Technologies for personal profits) but also ... I have read and seen some examples of tricks and techniques that provide commendably better resource utilization and waste management (mostly in Japan, though a few are from others parts including India too) with very little effort, cost and not any inconveniences on part of users after they have been put to use but most people for whom such techniques are; won't be moved to make even those slight changes. Most people just resist change.Unlike Greta, I really don't have hopes for humanity making it through this crisis. However, if my assessment of her is true, I don't think anything will stop her and some of her friends from trying.
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  • Bea
    January 1, 1970
    Financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag.There are no grey areas when it comes to survival. This is quite a hard book to rate, especially as it's a collection of speeches and not something with a flowing consistent plot. There was a lot of repetition which makes sense in speeches but it really started to annoy me in book from making me think this was probably not the best way to put the message of the climate crisis across. The amount of times I heard 'our house is on fire' for Financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag.There are no grey areas when it comes to survival. This is quite a hard book to rate, especially as it's a collection of speeches and not something with a flowing consistent plot. There was a lot of repetition which makes sense in speeches but it really started to annoy me in book from making me think this was probably not the best way to put the message of the climate crisis across. The amount of times I heard 'our house is on fire' for example, did my head in a little.My main issue with the book however is that it gave no solutions and just repeated the same message: 'stop releasing greenhouse gases.' There was nothing about what the average person can do to reduce their carbon emissions, something that would have been highly useful to read about instead of hearing over and over that it's the fault of large global companies and now future generations have to struggle with the damage they have left. The companies are not going to read this, so to me the speeches in book form seemed kind of pointless and boring at times if I'm honest, to get through. 'We must change almost everything in our current societies', and then she doesn't explain how. The why certainly comes across but she annoyingly explains no further. Instead of publishing speeches, an informative and practical book teaching people how to be more environmentally friendly would have been so much better. Do I see this book as a cash grab? Kind of, and it sucks.At the beginning Greta states that her speeches are not political statements which they absolutely are. At around 30% she mentions the politics we need are currently non-existent and politicians don't care. This only slightly bothered me if I'm honest.Don't you think that a 16 year old can speak for herself?I think Greta is wonderful person including everyone who supports her. There were phrases like 'Aspergers is not a disease, it is a gift', that must be amazing for young people with disabilities to hear as it can inspire them to lead actual change with the many current issues we have in the world. The book triggers an emotional response as you read which I think is what Greta was aiming for, clearly shown with the action that has come from her public appearances and protests. Being only 16 she's got more guts than most figures in positions of power having a sincere want to do things for good. The format and pointlessness of this book just wasn't it.Although this book isn't stating anything new about the issue of climate change, it is nonetheless a powerful and inspiring collection of speeches from someone with a big heart who aims to change the world. Big love for this girl. 2.5/5 stars.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    How you feel about this book is entirely going to depend on what you're expecting to get out of it.  This is not a scientific text, nor is it an in-depth exploration of possible solutions to climate change.  This is a rallying cry; a wake-up call to anyone who isn't paying attention to the catastrophic state our planet is in.  If you're familiar with Greta Thunberg from the news or social media, you'll pretty much know what to expect from this, and it does deliver.That said, my god did the How you feel about this book is entirely going to depend on what you're expecting to get out of it.  This is not a scientific text, nor is it an in-depth exploration of possible solutions to climate change.  This is a rallying cry; a wake-up call to anyone who isn't paying attention to the catastrophic state our planet is in.  If you're familiar with Greta Thunberg from the news or social media, you'll pretty much know what to expect from this, and it does deliver.That said, my god did the repetition in this short book start to grate.  It actually rather irritates me how poorly curated this essay collection is; the impact of Thunberg's words starts to neuter itself the further you read, by no fault of her own but because the editor saw fit to include near-identical speeches back-to-back on several occasions. 
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  • Lo O'Neill
    January 1, 1970
    No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is a great little book, it is not revolutionary and nothing that we havent heard before but it is a powerful and impactful call to action. It is a little repetitive but what else would you expect from a collection of speeches (especially ones that are on the same topic) but considering the state of the world it is a message that needs to be drilled home.This short and quick read is a great starting point and one that I would recommend that others read No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is a great little book, it is not revolutionary and nothing that we haven’t heard before but it is a powerful and impactful call to action. It is a little repetitive but what else would you expect from a collection of speeches (especially ones that are on the same topic) but considering the state of the world it is a message that needs to be drilled home.This short and quick read is a great starting point and one that I would recommend that others read (and act upon!). 4 stars for an essential read.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    I applaud Greta Thunberg. A short, sobering, necessary read.
  • Anastasiya Mozgovaya
    January 1, 1970
    an urgent must-read for everyone!"to do your best is no longer good enough. we must all do the seemingly impossible."
  • Lizzie
    January 1, 1970
    "I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.And then I want you to act.I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire.Because it is."By doing a Masters degree in Climate Change, I find myself in a bubble where I am surrounded by scientists and my peers who all care deeply about the crisis we face. Reading these speeches has been a stark reminder that this issue is not at the forefront of everyone's "I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.And then I want you to act.I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire.Because it is."By doing a Masters degree in Climate Change, I find myself in a bubble where I am surrounded by scientists and my peers who all care deeply about the crisis we face. Reading these speeches has been a stark reminder that this issue is not at the forefront of everyone's minds when it should be. Greta herself is an inspiration. To take it upon herself to go on strike from school, cause a global movement and go on to speak in front of parliaments at just 16 is astounding.
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  • Owlseyes
    January 1, 1970
    I just worry about the fact we use a kid like this, who arguably should be getting treatment because shes said shes had anorexia, said shes had Aspergers and said shes battled depression."Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Greta Thunberg is admirable in many ways. She is driven and articulate. But it is patently clear now shes being exploitedshe has been turned into the spokesperson for doom, the mouthpiece of eco-misanthropyIn Save Greta by Brendan ONeill, editor of Spiked. We Are Striking to “I just worry about the fact we use a kid like this, who arguably should be getting treatment because she’s said she’s had anorexia, said she’s had Asperger’s and said she’s battled depression."Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg “Greta Thunberg is admirable in many ways. She is driven and articulate. But it is patently clear now she’s being exploited…she has been turned into the spokesperson for doom, the mouthpiece of eco-misanthropy…”In “Save Greta” by Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked. “We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”Greta Thunberg"Like the legendary Mr. Smith who went to the capital city before her, Greta was the talk of the town – not only for her youth and uniqueness, but for the guffaws her U.S. debut ignited. Unlike Mr. Smith, whose optimism was the object of ridicule, Greta’s pessimism stole the show..."Anne Holmquist, in Intellectual TakeoutIn Portugal we have the proverb "diz-me com quem andas e dir-te-ei quem és". Which means: "tell me about your companions, I will tell you about who you are". I can hardly wait for her photo with Jeremy Corbyn.There you have it (Theresa May didn't attend...): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZbSaL...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GpVBH-H...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EhyY9pX...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4U8kgii...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dNnHjmZ...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hJujb-V...UPDATE"The UN's 'woke' climate change propaganda is an insult to science"in: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019...UPDATE (...with friends of XR) She's in Lisbon. I really wonder if she's on the "right side of History". That expression was also used by Obama, a socialist of sorts. I wonder also about the "climate emergency" hype.UPDATEThis is a good alternative : "Söndagar för Klimatförnuft"In: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8dwX4...
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    This small book is a collection of Greta Thunberg's speeches regarding the climate crisis. There's some repetition of some points across the 11 collected speeches but I still found each one incredibly impactful nonetheless. I should imagine it would be a great little book to give to those who may be feeling apathetic towards the issue of our warming climate. It also offers a very effectual image of what is facing the younger generations, and the fear many of them feel regarding the poor This small book is a collection of Greta Thunberg's speeches regarding the climate crisis. There's some repetition of some points across the 11 collected speeches but I still found each one incredibly impactful nonetheless. I should imagine it would be a great little book to give to those who may be feeling apathetic towards the issue of our warming climate. It also offers a very effectual image of what is facing the younger generations, and the fear many of them feel regarding the poor decisions that continue to be made by our global governments. Would definitely recommend picking this up if you've heard one or two of her speeches and enjoyed them.
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  • Ietrio
    January 1, 1970
    A strong reminder of how miserable and irrational was life in the days of Jeanne d'Arc.
  • Rahul Holani
    January 1, 1970
    First of all I regret as I thought of Greta Thunberg nothing more than a bratty shouting teenager. But after reading this book and knowing the amount of efforts she is putting herself to aware People about climate change and forcing governments to act on it ASAP is truly remarkable at an age of 15-16 when most of us are just joking around just looking for fun. I myself believe and support actions to fight climate change crisis and try myself to contribute even it is insignificant. Though it is First of all I regret as I thought of Greta Thunberg nothing more than a bratty shouting teenager. But after reading this book and knowing the amount of efforts she is putting herself to aware People about climate change and forcing governments to act on it ASAP is truly remarkable at an age of 15-16 when most of us are just joking around just looking for fun. I myself believe and support actions to fight climate change crisis and try myself to contribute even it is insignificant. Though it is hard to talk about these serious issue where our future as a humanity is on stake as individuals always thinks themselves unable to make any significant contribution in saving the climate, everyone should understand these small small contributions will only bring the biggest change. We must try because it is our planet and it is only future that is on stake.I support Greta Thunberg and I stand with her demands for action against climate change.Our Future Is In Our Hands.
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  • Anthe
    January 1, 1970
    Don't read the reviews, it'll ruin your day.
  • Imogen
    January 1, 1970
    I will forever be in awe of Greta Thunberg. Essential reading for absolutely everyone.
  • Kirsty Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    Yes there is repetition in her speeches but that doesnt mean we dont need to listen. We do and we need to act. Im trying and taking small steps but industry needs to take large ones. Now. Yes there is repetition in her speeches but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to listen. We do and we need to act. I’m trying and taking small steps but industry needs to take large ones. Now.
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    I confess: I read Greta Thunberg's No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference because our president was dismissive of her, saying, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" I read this book and kept reading because I am always impressed by passion and competence. I am impressed by her skill in framing an argument and acting on it.Greta Thunberg has been school striking outside the Swedish Parliament since August 2018. No One Is Too I confess: I read Greta Thunberg's No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference because our president was dismissive of her, saying, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" I read this book and kept reading because I am always impressed by passion and competence. I am impressed by her skill in framing an argument and acting on it.Greta Thunberg has been school striking outside the Swedish Parliament since August 2018. No One Is Too Small is a collection of 16 speeches that she has given over this past year. She asks that we unite behind the science and take action. She concluded that the real danger is when companies and politicians make it look like real action is happening, when little is done, aside from clever accounting and creative public relations campaigns. ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is. (p. 22) Do you need to read this book? Maybe watching Thunberg's TED Talk or listening to one of her speeches would be enough. But we should listen to her message over and over until it sinks in. Listening/reading her speeches is interesting just as an exercise in following her development as a speaker over the last year.Thunberg did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, but has received many prizes in the last year. She is a simple, but powerful advocate for climate change.
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  • Ganapathy
    January 1, 1970
    Throughout the book or the speeches, Greta insists to be treated like an adult, but most of her speeches begin by saying I am Greta Thunberg and I am sixteen years old. Why? Does her age carry any significance? I will value what she has said and criticize it. First, the hypocrisy is nothing short of mind-boggling. She says, Even the most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around that world and eating meat and dairy. What is she doing? She flies around the world. She is Throughout the book or the speeches, Greta insists to be treated like an adult, but most of her speeches begin by saying “I am Greta Thunberg and I am sixteen years old”. Why? Does her age carry any significance? I will value what she has said and criticize it. First, the hypocrisy is nothing short of mind-boggling. She says, “Even the most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around that world and eating meat and dairy.” What is she doing? She flies around the world. She is promoting the book of her speeches. Millions of copies of it will be printed on paper, thanks to the death of millions of trees. I mean come on. Stand on principle or do not lecture the world. Is the book helping the environment? Creating awareness among people or politicians? Suggesting anything new for individuals to do to help the environment? Or does it contain any suggestions on how to educate people? No.All the speeches are entitled ramblings. No one asked her to leave school to protest. “How dare you?” to impose this kind of hardship on her, she asks. Give me a break. It is her choice and she should own it. It is not her fault. The hashtag viral culture just catapulted her to fame, even nominating for the Nobel prize. For what? Nothing. It is like a cat distracted by a laser. Her popularity just goes to show “we ran out of things on earth to do”. There are millions of people who are personally, politically, and globally doing things to help the environment, but they don’t get any attention. The things that they do actually work and they do not seek attention. Climate change is real and she is a terrible messenger.
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