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The #1 New York Times bestseller by Time''s 2019 Person of the Year

"Greta Thunberg is already one of our planet’s greatest advocates." —Barack Obama

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.

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"Greta Thunberg is already one of our planet’s greatest advocates."  —Barack Obama

“[Greta Thunberg’s] just 16, but her voice has woken up the world. . . . An inspiring call to action.” People

“A powerhouse compendium of [Greta’s] greatest hits.” — Teen Vogue

“When I turned in my book last September, I was skeptical that dramatic political progress on climate change was even possible, since so little had been accomplished over the past few decades. We’re still moving far, far too slowly to avoid climate catastrophe, but Greta Thunberg’s book of speeches—and even more so, her incredibly inspiring turn as global warming’s Joan of Arc, leading millions of protestors into the streets all across the world—made me realize that my own political cynicism is just another form of naivete. And that climate change is much too important to ever give up on.” David Wallace–Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth

“Thunberg has always been refreshingly—and necessarily—blunt in her demands for action from world leaders who refuse to address climate change. With clarity and unbridled passion, she presents her message that climate change is an emergency that must be addressed immediately, and she fills her speeches with punchy sound bites delivered in her characteristic pull-no-punches style . . . . A tiny book . . . with huge potential impact.” Kirkus, starred review

About the Author

Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018 she started a school strike that became a movement called Fridays For Future, which has inspired school strikes for climate action in more than 150 countries involving millions of students. Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies across Europe, and at the United Nations COP24 in Poland and the World Economic Forum in Davos. In September 2019 she spoke in New York City at the UN Climate Action Summit. She has won the prestigious Prix Liberté and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg is vegan, and doesn''t fly, in order to live a low-carbon life.

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Our Lives Are in Your Hands


Climate March

Stockholm, September 8, 2018


Last summer, a number of leading climate scientists 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 those scientists 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 percent 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.


Because if everyone knew how serious the situation is and how little is actually being done, everyone would come and sit down beside us.


In Sweden, we live our lives as if we had the resources of 4.2 planets. Our individual carbon footprint is one of the worst in the world. This means that Sweden steals 3.2 years of natural resources from future generations every year. Those of us who are part of these future generations would like Sweden to stop doing that.

Right now.


This is not a political text. Our school strike has nothing to do with party politics.


Because the climate and the biosphere don''t care about our politics and our empty words for a single second.


They only care about what we actually do.


This is a cry for help.


To all the newspapers who still don''t write about and report on climate change, even though they said that the climate was ''the critical question of our time'' when the Swedish forests were burning this summer.


To all of you who have never treated this crisis as a crisis.


To all the influencers who stand up for everything except the climate and the environment.


To all the political parties that pretend to take the climate question seriously.


To all the politicians that ridicule us on social media, and have named and shamed me so that people tell me that I''m retarded, a bitch and a terrorist, and many other things.


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.


A lot of people say that Sweden is a small country, that it doesn''t matter what we do. But I think that if a few girls can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school for a few weeks, imagine what we could do together if we wanted to.

Every single person counts.


Just like every single emission counts.


Every single kilo.


Everything counts.


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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Is she practicing what she''s preaching?
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
While admirable that she is standing up to world leaders and addressing climate concerns, Her speeches are repetitive and too negative for me. Also, is she practicing what she preaches? because from what I can tell she is traveling by carbon-emitting transportation while... See more
While admirable that she is standing up to world leaders and addressing climate concerns, Her speeches are repetitive and too negative for me. Also, is she practicing what she preaches? because from what I can tell she is traveling by carbon-emitting transportation while lecturing us on our carbon footprint. She also appears to have no solutions besides "Listen to the scientists" Has she really done anything productive in solving or helping with this issue besides lecturing others and forming marches
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Speeches are very good
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
I have a lot of respect for this young lady who understands that we have set our earth on a trajectory towards becoming uninhabitable while many leaders are too timid to even attempt the changes that are absolutely necessary and have been necessary for decades. I have... See more
I have a lot of respect for this young lady who understands that we have set our earth on a trajectory towards becoming uninhabitable while many leaders are too timid to even attempt the changes that are absolutely necessary and have been necessary for decades. I have watched in disbelief over decades during which some of us try everything we can think of to reduce our emissions, most others never even mention the issue, and conditions continue to deteriorate. Our leaders are not really leaders; they seem only interested in growth at any cost to the natural world, with no awareness that humans are just another animal and extinction is beginning to seem inevitable. It’s extremely sad. I will continue to stand with nature in whatever way I can think of, but I definitely feel outnumbered.
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Important reading
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
Sadly those who need to read this book won’t - her writing style is amusing especially once you recognize the echoes to other important speeches. The key message- we no longer have time for speeches- we need to quickly and fundamentally redo our society or we won’t have one.
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Inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2019
Important message by someone who understands more about the world than most adults
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SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ASPIE GIRL TAKES ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SHAMES WORLD LEADERS
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it''s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead In 2018, at the age of 15, Greta Thunberg started a “school strike for the climate” outside the Swedish parliament.... See more
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it''s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

In 2018, at the age of 15, Greta Thunberg started a “school strike for the climate” outside the Swedish parliament. Unable to interest others, she was a group of one. Fast forward a year and the three weeks she spent skipping school and striking outside the parliament building have created an international movement, garnered global attention for teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, and led to a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Never doubt.

Greta Thunberg''s message is that the current generation of adults is responsible for the climate crisis – and that today''s children will bear the brunt of it. This book contains her speeches. By its very nature, the book is highly repetitive; Greta Thunberg speaks on one topic, and she does so repeatedly. It is also clearly written in the voice of a young person.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: EVERYBODY. Also, parents of kids on the autism spectrum will find this book compelling, informative, and inspirational.

BOTTOM LINE: Very strong 5 stars.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
An impassioned and inspiring plea to the world to take climate change seriously.

Admirable, well-intentioned, motivated by long-established science, and a valid voice well worth our attention and support.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
Using George Soros money she is made a celebrity and makes a spectacle of shaming western countries and never naming China or Indonesia. Using a child to push for global socialism is despicable, and I don''t understand what anyone gets out of these emotional speeches that... See more
Using George Soros money she is made a celebrity and makes a spectacle of shaming western countries and never naming China or Indonesia. Using a child to push for global socialism is despicable, and I don''t understand what anyone gets out of these emotional speeches that are totally devoid of facts.
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Almost Nothing is Black and White
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020
I''m giving this book 5 stars for Greta''s story as an inspirational, passionately motivated and principled young person committed to the cause of stopping climate change, but only 3 stars for her analysis. Anyone willing to sail across the Atlantic, call out world... See more
I''m giving this book 5 stars for Greta''s story as an inspirational, passionately motivated and principled young person committed to the cause of stopping climate change, but only 3 stars for her analysis.

Anyone willing to sail across the Atlantic, call out world leaders and never relent despite taunts, death threats, and public humiliation is brave beyond belief. I only wish I had 1/10th the courage at 16 (roughly the time that I found out about global warming) that Greta has. However, climate change and global warming are, like every other predicament humanity has faced, not by any means ''black and white'' issues the way she describes them. For the record, I also have ASD (Asperger Syndrome is, as of 2013, no longer a valid diagnose) and I refuse to believe that her way of thinking is explained by such condition.

Throughout the past half century, numerous scholars have offered doomsday scenarios and quasi-apocalyptic forecasts from overpopulation leading to famine and other catastrophes to the prospect of civilization collapsing after peak oil. Thus far, none of these situations have panned out. I''m not, by any stretch of the imagination, a denialist, nor am I optimistic about the prospect of science and technology being able to solve the situation through sequestration and the development of alternative energy sources. But the whole notion (as described by Greta) that people weren''t ''doing anything'' about climate change is patently false. I remember having these types of conversations back in the early 2000''s as an undergrad right about the time she was born.

On the whole, I am appreciative of this book and I''m not going to take cheapshots about how trees had to cut down to spread her message. I already have far more respect for her, Jaime Margolin and their generation than my fellow Millennials. However, I am deeply skeptical that this book will do anything more than raise awareness (mostly amongst people who already agree with her) and the global CO2 emissions (upwards of 40 Gtons per year) will go down in the upcoming decade, so we''d better prepare for the worst.
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A Must Read Book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2020
This book is a true inspiration as to understanding why climate change is so important. Any "Green-minded" person reading this book will instantly connect with Greta''s words. But for those who are a little more doubtful, then this book is a wonderful starting point. It is...See more
This book is a true inspiration as to understanding why climate change is so important. Any "Green-minded" person reading this book will instantly connect with Greta''s words. But for those who are a little more doubtful, then this book is a wonderful starting point. It is written with a directness and a simplicity which makes it easy for everyone to realise we must all act now, and play our part if we are going to avoid irreversible and damaging climate change in the very near future.
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Important!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2021
Everything needs to change. And it has to start today'' So I actually bought this book not really knowing what it was about, but oh my god I''m so glad that I read it!!! It is such a important book that everyone needs to read. It opens our eyes to the effects climate change...See more
Everything needs to change. And it has to start today'' So I actually bought this book not really knowing what it was about, but oh my god I''m so glad that I read it!!! It is such a important book that everyone needs to read. It opens our eyes to the effects climate change is having on the world and that serious things need to change if we are to save and continue living on this beautiful planet that we call home.
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Thought provoking.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2021
Delightful book. Very thought provoking.
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Repetitive speeches
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Repetitive speeches.
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