How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other

by Rebecca Stefoff (Adapter)

Other authorsNaomi Klein (Author)
Paperback, 2022

Call number

J 363.738 K


Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2022), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages


"An empowering, engaging young readers guide to understanding and battling climate change from the expert and bestselling author of This Changes Everything and On Fire, Naomi Klein. Warmer temperatures. Fires in the Amazon. Superstorms. These are just some of the effects of climate change that we are already experiencing. The good news is that we can all do something about it. A movement is already underway to combat not only the environmental effects of climate change but also to fight for climate justice and make a fair and livable future possible for everyone. And young people are not just part of that movement, they are leading the way. They are showing us that this moment of danger is also a moment of great opportunity-an opportunity to change everything. Full of empowering stories of young leaders all over the world, this information-packed book from award-winning journalist and one of the foremost voices for climate justice, Naomi Klein, offers young readers a comprehensive look at the state of the climate today and how we got here, while also providing the tools they need to join this fight to protect and reshape the planet they will inherit"--… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Lindsay_W
This book is packed full of vital information on how we got to where we are in the climate crisis and a call to action of what is needed to achieve climate justice. Complex concepts are clearly explained using recent case studies, mostly in the states but other places as well. Young climate justice
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activists from around the world are highlighted. This would make an excellent primer for an Environmental Studies 101 class.

Why not five stars then? Well I don’t think the format works for the intended “young readers” audience. The amount of information and the length of the chapters may deter all but the most ardent budding activists or researchers. I think this content would work very well as a reference book. Having an index would mean that students could look up individual case studies like Northern Gateway, Standing Rock and Katrina, or concepts like carbon capture, the Green New Deal, or neo liberalism and get an excellent overview on the topic. New terminology is well explained in the text, but a glossary would be a good addition. The black and white photos and diagrams don’t really work on the unbleached paper stock in the soft-cover version. Colour has more impact on the reader, but also the environment so I guess that was the decision to go black and white? I also think that having maps of the areas discussed is essential to help students orient themselves to the location. I would love to see a Canadian edition with more focus on our government’s action/inaction on climate justice and additional made-in-Canada case studies.
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