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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  10,478 ratings  ·  1,426 reviews
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
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Penguin Books (first published May 30th 2019)
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Rebecca McNutt
2020 UPDATE:

Back in mid-2019, I had posted this review and gotten quite a lot of negative comments on it. I was just deleting the comments, but now I've decided to save myself the trouble and just try to respond to some typical complaints from people here; I am taking five university classes right now, the commute is terrible, and frankly I don't have the time to be going along every day trying to explain to angry people why I'm not a fan of this book. So, I'll try here.

One thing I am NOT going
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Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan
My review got posted on Plant Based News - the world's leading website for vegan news, exciting times!


Homo Sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands.

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Its been a long time since I felt any hope. Year in year out we seem to only get worse as a species. More and more incompetent leaders are elected into positions of power and we push the planet further and further to
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jessica
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
some people say that i should study to become a climate scientist so that i can solve the climate crisis. but the climate crisis has already been solved. we already have all the facts and solutions. all we have to do is to wake up and change.

continuing my tradition of starting off the new year with some words of action and much needed inspiration (see last year).

i heard about greta thunberg so much towards the end of last year, but i never watched or read any of her speeches. i shouldnt be so
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Not impressed.

Rating. We start at 5 stars:
+6 stars: I give it an extra star for the author's devotion to nature (+1 star), young age (+1 star), determination (+1 star), mental illness (+1 star), another +1 star so that she wouldn't cry (or sulk or whatever she does to terrorize her parents) and for everything else that I couldn't give a damn to care to remember or list (+1 star).
-1 star for repetitiveness
-1 star for no solutions suggested
-1 star for boring writing, as she isn't 8 to write so
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Kat Valentine
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sci-(Fi) Nerd Mario
To have achieved more in this age than others in one's life speaks for itself. And an ode to "haters gonna hate".

It can not be put into words how great this movement is. Nobody has so far been able to positively mobilize the youth of the 21st century to such an extent. Spotlighting the topics of climate change, environmental degradation and the stupidity of the economy, as trivialized by the leading media. To describe the positive could fill volumes.

But now to the haters, who unfortunately
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Matt
Basically, in a world in which a great number of policy makers are loosing their marbles 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is demanding of those world leaders to finally listen to the crushing majority of scientists and start doing something reasonable before we loose the one blue marble our all lives depend on.

What the Fuck is wrong with that?

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[Update 05 November 2019]

11,000+ scientists (and Greta) warn of untold suffering: World Scientists Warning of a Climate Emergency
An immense increase
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Riku Sayuj
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.

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 cant change what you do now once were old enough to do something about it.

So please, treat the climate crisis
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Emma
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*Unpopular opinion alert* I absolutely hated this little book.

It is a collection of Gretas speeches, but they are all extremely dull to read, and various paragraphs are repeated over and over in different speeches. This does not mean I find her uninspiring or that I dont believe in climate change, I 1000% do! But this book is absolutely not the way to go if you want to convince people of your cause. There is background info missing, which I guess you wouldnt have time to explain during a
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Kate Wyver
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a feat. Bit repetitive but then so is governments' continuation of ignorance and dismissal.
notgettingenough
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: haven-t-read-but
Apologies for the French, but it's so fucking hard to understand why we can't just get with the program.

What's happening is this. The answers to our problems lie in extremely cheap, low tech solutions. All my reading on this at the moment leads me to the conclusion that peasants in China, India, Africa, South America can do the right thing we can't. Because it's too easy for us. We seem to be so propagandised with the notion that if things aren't high tech, they are primitive.

People. We have to
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Laura Cearra
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I don't understand how people find it acceptable to publish a book with 10 identical speeches.
Deborah
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweden
15-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg began a climate awareness strike outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. Her efforts have become an impetus for millions of other children to go on strike from their schools and the arousal of a worldwide movement to recognize our climate crisis. This is a collection of her speeches before the British Parliament, the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the French National Assembly, and other organizations and governments. Greta addresses her critics by ...more
André Oliveira
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only complaint is: some speeches seemed repetitive.
Sidharth Vardhan
I could have written defenses for her but I think she defends herself well enough against all the arguments raised against her. If people are unwilling to listen to her before judging her, I don't think they will care to read about her side here. And several reviewers here have already done that.

And I do not wish to talk about climate change problem here either which seems obvious enough. And again a job people like Greta are doing well enough.

There is though one thing I agree on with critics -
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Rachel
How you feel about this book is entirely going to depend on what you're expecting to get out of it.  This is not a scientific text, nor is it an in-depth exploration of possible solutions to climate change.  This is a rallying cry; a wake-up call to anyone who isn't paying attention to the catastrophic state our planet is in.  If you're familiar with Greta Thunberg from the news or social media, you'll pretty much know what to expect from this, and it does deliver.

That said, my god did the
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Bea
Financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag.
There are no grey areas when it comes to survival.

This is quite a hard book to rate, especially as it's a collection of speeches and not something with a flowing consistent plot. There was a lot of repetition which makes sense in speeches but it really started to annoy me in book from making me think this was probably not the best way to put the message of the climate crisis across. The amount of times I heard 'our house is on fire' for
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Lo O'Neill
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is a great little book, it is not revolutionary and nothing that we havent heard before but it is a powerful and impactful call to action. It is a little repetitive but what else would you expect from a collection of speeches (especially ones that are on the same topic) but considering the state of the world it is a message that needs to be drilled home.

This short and quick read is a great starting point and one that I would recommend that others read
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Lucy
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I applaud Greta Thunberg. A short, sobering, necessary read.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
an urgent must-read for everyone!

"to do your best is no longer good enough. we must all do the seemingly impossible."
Lizzie
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
"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."


By doing a Masters degree in Climate Change, I find myself in a bubble where I am surrounded by scientists and my peers who all care deeply about the crisis we face. Reading these speeches has been a stark reminder that this issue is not at the forefront of everyone's
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leynes
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire Greta a great deal. I am in awe at how gracefully she shoulders the burden that was unrightfully put upon her. When she started striking in August 2018, she could not have fathomed that her actions would inspire millions of others to join her and her cause. But with that rise to world fame, Greta has become a target for critics and trolls. I am absolutely disgusted by the hatred and threats, the misogyny and condescending attitudes that she has to deal with every single day. No one ...more
Alice Lippart
Worth reading and thinking over, but understandably a little repetitive.
Owlseyes
I just worry about the fact we use a kid like this, who arguably should be getting treatment because shes said shes had anorexia, said shes had Aspergers and said shes battled depression."
Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg



Greta Thunberg is admirable in many ways. She is driven and articulate. But it is patently clear now shes being exploitedshe has been turned into the spokesperson for doom, the mouthpiece of eco-misanthropy
In Save Greta by Brendan ONeill, editor of Spiked.

We Are Striking to
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Nadia
This small book is a collection of Greta Thunberg's speeches regarding the climate crisis. There's some repetition of some points across the 11 collected speeches but I still found each one incredibly impactful nonetheless.

I should imagine it would be a great little book to give to those who may be feeling apathetic towards the issue of our warming climate. It also offers a very effectual image of what is facing the younger generations, and the fear many of them feel regarding the poor
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Ietrio
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
A strong reminder of how miserable and irrational was life in the days of Jeanne d'Arc.
Anthe
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't read the reviews, it'll ruin your day.
Rahul Holani
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I regret as I thought of Greta Thunberg nothing more than a bratty shouting teenager.

But after reading this book and knowing the amount of efforts she is putting herself to aware People about climate change and forcing governments to act on it ASAP is truly remarkable at an age of 15-16 when most of us are just joking around just looking for fun.

I myself believe and support actions to fight climate change crisis and try myself to contribute even it is insignificant. Though it is
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Imogen
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will forever be in awe of Greta Thunberg. Essential reading for absolutely everyone.
Kirsty Stanley
Yes there is repetition in her speeches but that doesnt mean we dont need to listen. We do and we need to act. Im trying and taking small steps but industry needs to take large ones. Now. ...more
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Greta Thunberg is a Swedish schoolgirl who, at age 15, began protesting outside the Swedish parliament about the need for immediate action to combat climate change and has since become an outspoken climate activist.

She is known for having initiated the school strike for climate movement that formed in November 2018 and surged globally after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in
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“We must change almost everything in our current societies.
The bigger your carbon footprint - the bigger your moral duty.
The bigger your platform - the bigger your responsibility.
Adults keep saying: 'We owe it to the young people to given them hope.'
But 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.”
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