Greta Thunberg is launching a new book this fall that aims to provide a “global perspective on how the planet’s many crises are interconnected.”
“I have chosen to use my platform to create a book based on the best science currently available – a book that addresses the climate, environmental and sustainability crises holistically,” Thunberg said in a statement. “Because the climate crisis is of course just a symptom of a much larger sustainability crisis. I hope that this book could be a kind of focal point for understanding these different, closely related crises.”
In The Climate Book, due to be published by Penguin this fall, Thunberg has gathered more than 100 contributors, from scientists Johan Rockström and Katharine Hayhoe to economist Thomas Piketty and novelist Margaret Atwood. The 19-year-old also shares what she’s learned from her own experiences with climate activism. In particular, she addresses the prevalence of greenwashing and how much we have been kept in the dark about the issue. She cites this as one of our biggest problems, but also our biggest hope – because she believes that when we all know the big picture, we can act.
“Right now we desperately need hope,” said Thunberg. “But hope isn’t about pretending that everything will be fine.”
She added: “To me, hope is not something that is given to you, it is something that has to be earned and created. It cannot be acquired passively, by standing by and waiting for someone else to do something. Hope takes action. It leaves your comfort zone. And if a bunch of weird school kids could change the lives of millions of people, just imagine what we could all do together if we really tried.”
Since Thunberg, then 15, started her now famous school strike in 2018, the Swedish teenager has been calling for stronger action against the climate crisis. She has become a global celebrity and a figurehead in the environmental activist community, becoming Time’s youngest person of the year in 2019 and a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
She has previously published three books, two co-authored by her parents and sister: Scenes from the Heart and Our House Is on Fire, and a collection of speeches, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. This new book aims to be her most comprehensive work to date, bringing together ideas and knowledge from experts to “equip us all” to bring about positive change.
“Greta has proven to be one of our best and most exciting new writers,” said Chloe Currens, Thunberg’s editor at Penguin. “She shares her own experiences and expands on what she has learned in a series of insightful, insightful and passionate chapters that tie together the different parts of the book.”
Currens called The Climate Book “unique” and “alive with moral intent.” It “aims to change the climate discussion forever,” she said.
The Climate Book is scheduled for release in the UK on October 27, 2022, with a US release planned for early 2023.
The full list of contributors can be found here.