Learn the story of TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old climate activist who has sparked a worldwide student movent and is demanding action from world leaders who refuse to address climate change—from acclaimed picture book creator Jeanette Winter.
I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic…I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.
When she was fifteen years old, Greta Thunberg’s teacher explained to her class that our climate is changing—the earth is getting warmer, the polar ice caps are melting, and life on earth is threatened. Greta was devastated. What could she do? If the grown-ups weren’t doing enough to save the planet, Greta would have to demand change herself.
So she went on strike, skipping school every Friday to sit outside of the Swedish Parliament building with a sign that read “School Strike for Climate.” At first, Greta was the only one. But gradually, more and more students joined her, until her lone protest had sparked a worldwide student movement for action on climate change.
Now, a year later, Greta is speaking to audiences of world leaders at important meetings like the United Nations Climate Conference and the World Economic Forum. She is leading the conversation on climate change and sparking worldwide conversation on how to save our planet. Greta is showing everyone that even the smallest person can make a big difference, and this picture book informs and inspires young readers who are beginning to learn about the world around them.
As in Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story of Africa, Winter once again offers a stirring profile of an environmental hero, this time teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. After learning about climate change at school, Greta, a quiet girl who has felt invisible, spends hours reading and watching films "about our warming world." Overwhelmed with sadness ("She barely ate or spoke"), she devises a way to raise awareness, embarking on a school strike and ultimately sparking an international movement of children marching and speaking out for planetary health. Winter introduces the alarming facts in scenes of the young student as she views evidence of climate change bleached coral, flooded homes, wildfires, endangered animals in framed images, as if on a screen. As the movement takes shape, square panels, contained in white negative space, turn into full-bleed pages of high-energy activity. Taking her title from Thunberg's urgent call to action, Winter ends this timely directive for young readers with a simple, powerful question: "What will you do?" Ages 3 8.