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Greta Thunberg's climate change speeches set for publication


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There are few faces more recognisable in regard to current discussions around climate change than Greta Thunberg.

Image credit: Anders Hellberg via Wikimedia Commons

Over the past year, her speeches have served as a call to action for governments around the globe to pay more attention to the increasing issues on the planet occurring due to day to day, to the extent that now the UK has announced a state of 'Climate Emergency'.

She has also used her own youth to inspire other young activists by reminding all that age should never stop anybody from changing the world to provide a better future for everyone, resulting in worldwide school strikes for climate action.

It is fitting then that such a powerful voice is now to be published and shared with the masses, in the collection ‘No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference’. Published by Penguin in June, the collection of Greta's speeches will also be printed on FSC paper, making it as environmentally friendly as possible. Fittingly, it will be released by the press that is handling Extinction Rebellion's upcoming climate handbook.

This spreading of Greta's message through the written word will undoubtedly make her arguments even more accessible and bring thousands more into the conversation about how we as a species can make Earth more sustainable.

I remember the first time that I heard Greta Thunberg speak. Scrolling through social media as I attempted to distance myself from the stress of assignments, I found myself watching a Ted Talk by a young Swedish girl talking about how she was confused by the fact that nobody was talking about the fatal things occurring everywhere; of trees being cut down and of fossil fuels choking the air.

Curious I researched a little more and found words which resonated with my own anxiety about 'the house on fire' situation that every place and every person on this planet is currently affected by. It reminded me quite forcefully, by shocking me out of the immunity the online world too often promotes, and the individual chaos of assignments, to remember that we as human beings need to do something now.

I hope that the binding and distribution of Greta's speeches will serve to trigger a similar response in others and that as it does so, we begin working together to provide time enough that a much greener and healthier planet many years from now will look back in history and thank her for speaking out when it mattered most.

No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference is published by Penguin on 6th June.

Watch Greta's full speech at the UN Climate Change COP24 Conference now.

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