No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
by Greta Thunberg
The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation
‘Everything needs to change. And it has to start today’
In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference 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.
We’ve all heard of Greta Thunberg. She’s a young Swedish teenager taking a stand against climate change which she started by initiating a school strike in 2018. Since that first strike, she’s become a worldwide name, inspiring millions of people to sit up and pay attention to the climate change crisis.
“”We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.”
This book is a collection of Greta’s speeches given in the space of a year, recorded chronologically from September 2018 through to her speech in April 2019 at the Houses of Parliament in London.
I have to say that before reading this book, I didn’t really know much about Greta herself. I’ve heard some of her speeches, seen her on the news and of course know all about the cause she is fighting for, but I’d never thought about her personally. So one of her speeches in particular, ‘I’m Too Young to Do This’, helped answer several questions I had about her background, her family and her motives and this was probably the most interesting of the collection to me.
The message that Greta is telling is an important one and while this is a tiny book, it’s a powerful influential read. The book doesn’t go into great detail on the topic but hopefully it will open some people’s eyes to what is happening in the world and prompt them to do their own research.
“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.”
While I completely appreciate the intention of this book, I do have one criticism and that’s that this book is very repetitive. There are eleven speeches in total and they are mostly very similar. Of course, the situation hasn’t changed and it’s important to re-enforce the message again and again but when considering this as a book, it became a little grating to see the same paragraphs pop up in sequential speeches.
Overall rating: This little book contains some highly influential and powerful speeches given by climate change activist Greta Thunberg over the past year. I’m knocking off a star because if you consider this book as a whole, it’s quite repetitive, but still a recommended read. 4 stars!