The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats that loom over us today. As frightening as the concept of climate change is on its own, and even more significant issue continues to weigh on us: the fact that some people still aren’t taking it seriously. Despite the scientific evidence staring us right in the face, including evidence of temperatures rising, shrinking ice sheets, rising sea levels, and continuous catastrophic natural disasters, some people are still insistent that we don’t have a problem on our hands. However, the fact of the matter is that we do have a problem and a major one at that. Before you start to feel too pessimistic, though, there appears to be a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel. There are numerous climate activists that just may so happen to be coming to save the day — some of them before they even graduate high school! You did, in fact, read that correctly. Some of the most notable strides in climate change activism have been made by our youth after deciding to take matters into their own hands. The Youth Climate Change Movement by Liz Fe Lifestyle gives you a chance to read all about the amazing things being accomplished by these young activists that we are fortunate enough to have a front-row seat for. 

Greta Thunberg, one of the most notable youth activists of our time, is the main focus of this book. If you haven’t had the privilege of hearing about Thunberg, allow me to introduce you. Thunberg is a 16-year-old girl originally from Sweden who first gained attention from her climate activism at home, going viral on social media for her passionate speeches, and has since been invited to speak at numerous large-scale climate conferences. The book dives deeper into the journey of this inspiring young activist, detailing her previous contributions to the climate movement, including her involvement at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, and highlighting some of her most notorious words. 

It doesn’t stop at Thunberg, though. While she may be the most notable face of the youth climate crisis movement, she certainly isn’t alone. We are currently in the midst of the most widespread climate activism movement ever! The book also gives the spotlight to additional young activists, including indigenous teenager Autumn Peltier and 16-year-old Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar. While the book acknowledges and applauds the noble actions and accomplishments of these girls, it also makes the point that the entire weight of the world should not solely be falling on these young girls’ shoulders. This book serves as a much-needed call to action. It is one thing to read about strangers working to bring about positive change and another thing entirely to reflect on what we can personally do. We are all guilty of being comfortable watching from the sidelines as other people do the difficult work for us, but if we are ever going to make a widespread change, every person counts. We don’t all have to be Greta Thunberg’s, but it’s time to start pondering what small changes we can modify to help make a world of a difference. We should be living in a world where teenagers are concerned with typical teenage things, not having to worry about advocating for our world that is collapsing down around us. If you want to get inspired to help make a change, read the words for yourself! The Youth Climate Change Movement by Liz Fe Lifestyle is available for purchase on Amazon and can be found here.