My review got posted on Plant Based News the world s leading website for vegan news, exciting timesHomo 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 handsIt s been a long time since I felt any hope Year in year out we seem to only get worse as a species More and incompetent leaders are elected into positions of power and we push the planet further and further to collapse and nothing seems to give yet, these words give me hope Greta Thunberg gives me hope And that s important The future has not yet been written and there is time enough to prevent the chaos that is coming our way Greta Thunberg is an inspiring activist, a leader and a voice the world so desperately needs This book collects her speeches to date, and they are all very powerful and convincing She wants us to panic than she wants us to feel hope she wants us to recognise what is happening so we can act and prevent any destruction We need to wise up and take greater responsibility for our actions We need to become vegans and minimise our environmental impact We need to start caring Language is so important, calling what we face by its true name is the key This is the strongest element of her rhetoric her simple and mature ability to rationalise and address the problem at hand the environmental crisis Because that s exactly what we face She has called adults out on their irresponsibility and complete lack of foresight at the European Economic Social Committee earlier on this year, calling those in attendance irresponsible children Her words work towards shaming our so called leaders and governments that are tasked with protecting the welfare of their nations But what s the point if none of these nations have a future It takes the words of a child the words of the future generation to get people to listen and they certainly have had a rippling effect on an international level She s been nominated for the noble peace prize this year and if she won, she d be the first vegan to do so which would be a tremendous victory for the movement I think she really deserves it for the interest and attention her words have given the environmental crisis we face She has a striking ability to get to the heart of the matter and is without a doubt one of the most influential people of the 21st century I also love how she embraces her Asperger s and celebrates the strengths it has granted her, calling it a gift rather than a hindrance In my experience, autistics are always remarkable people So, this is a great little book full of encouraging words and hope, hope that this planet will one day have a future if the world listens and starts caring Greta Thunberg does, indeed, prove the sentiment her book title evokes No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference 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 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 ENGLISHTo have achieved 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 still have not learned or understood anything crucial.The cheap methodology used by civil trolls or trolls who elected trolls against Fridays for future is ridiculous and abject Similar tendencies come from the camps of resigned, frustrated, dissatisfied conservatives They do not like activism, enthusiasm or the smallest amount change Ugh, that s terrible for them So they say things like inner viewShe is too young and politicians have acquired their offices through competence.She would enrich herself and be a puppet of her parents.She would be too cheeky and presumptuous toward authorities.She does not write the speeches alone.She is so dedicated and full of life I, on the other hand, am bitter, internally dead and therefore jealous, but I do not want to admit that, so I hate it She uses mass transit.She is a woman And I m a misogynist, but I m not allowed to live it out any like in the good old times, just like my homophobia, Islamophobia, stupid liberal, progressive, She talks about complex things that I do not understand I would have to make an effort, learn and read, to understand, to revise my worldview Etc What differentiated and substantiated criticism Funny that these are the same people who refuse bitter truths as conspiracy theories They are so castrated in their thinking that they barely notice anything happening around them, let alone in the world But when it comes to ranting against a dedicated icon of teenagers, spraying hatred against a young woman, they are great and big and strong They crawl in front of their political icons and ideologies, but against Greta, they suddenly dare to open their mouth And look at their change of heart First, they rant about the indifferent, just consuming, dumb youth, those smombies with their devices Their own voting behavior is to copy what mommy, daddy and the coworkers choose, but ok As soon as the youth begins to put their finger into the sore, stinking sepsis of a wound inflicted on the planet with the help of their ignorance, the joviality mode is activated Pat, Pat Don t rack your hollow brains full of fake news, do not fill them with the lies of Nobel laureates except economics , scientists and leading luminaries, fill them with mass media as we do What does the FOX say As always, revolutions begin when youth begins to be interested in politics Fortunately, the classic indoctrination mantra, Give them to us when they are still young and we have them forever gets a positive connotation in the present ago Not one of the moronic ideologies of the past, but a movement focused on science, humanism and sustainability Instead of blind obedience, absurd statutes and pseudo sciences such as economics, participation in lived democracy, freedom to participate and a foundation of genuine, hard science It is invaluable how many people is given hope and confidence for a better future by Greta and Fridays for future That civil society has finally begun to rise up against the boundless ignorance, incompetence, stupidity, greed, corruption, etc of politics It would exceed the possible length for reviews several times to complete that list I would go so far as to say that her leitmotif goes beyond the ones of other worthy activists, human rights activists, environmentalists Because the planet, the climate, the survivability in the future affects us all land not just a fragment of the whole An important fragment for sure, but just a part Because a young person managed to wake up an entire generation It s literally high time, but not too late to continue her consistent optimism And it s just the start, the beginning of something big, unprecedented Thanks to the digital possibilities, everyone around the world can be part of it So that all the strengths, competencies, interests and abilities of young cosmopolitans flow together And that gives me optimism about the future, the only possible option unless one wants to sicken one s mind with the plumes of the dark side PS Please economists, predicts the next crisis An exact science can certainly extrapolate with a transparent, understandable, logical formula Otherwise, Alfred Nobel would surely have opposed that you have a Nobel Prize at all Oh, he has and never wanted to have one Did not think that was a real science and just dangerous charlatanry, did you know The Nobel Prize for Economics came later, why oh why, funded by the Swedish Central Bank Pleasant, likable guys like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman got it for their great, still perfect working concepts Do you see it today everywhere Neoliberalism, jay, sunshine and lollypops Fully objective and impartial criteria for the awards too As if actors awarded themselves for the Oscars Or politicians medals to themselves Or clergymen canonize themselves Dear children of economics, please become reasonable at last Stop playing with the gross national product and throwing inflation and deflation at each other, that could hurt an eye And then, when you are afraid and don t know what to do, you run to the central bank Behave like adults instead, it s never too late to learn something substantial Everyone is special, even you And how sweet that you keep saying, The market, deregulation , all the time, it s lovely Please stand between the backlashers and political extremists, next to the religious fanatics, for the group photo Well, smile now and say Trickle down theory Thank you, and now inside the history books with you, swift, swift to the anachronisms.The paradigm shift will sweep you away as an unfortunate footnote.GERMANIn diesem Alter trotz mehr erreicht zu haben als andere in einem Leben, spricht f r sich Und eine Ode zu Haters gonna hate.Wie gro artig diese Bewegung ist, l sst sich nicht in Worte fassen Niemand hat es bisher geschafft, die Jugend des 21 Jahrhunderts in einem derartigen Ausma positiv zu mobilisieren Die von den Leitmedien verharmlosten Themen des Klimawandels, der Umweltzerst rung und des Schwachsinns der konomie so ins Rampenlicht zu r cken Das Positive zu beschreiben, k nnte B nde f llen Aber jetzt zu den hatern, die au er zu gonna haten leider nichts Vern nftiges gelernt haben.Die billige Methodik, mit der zivile Trolle oder von Trollen ins Amt gew hlte Trolle gegen sie vorgehen, ist l cherlich und erb rmlich hnliche Tendenzen kommen aus den Lagern der resignierten, frustrierten, mit ihrem Leben unzufriedenen Konservativen Sie m gen keinen Aktivismus, keine Begeisterungsf higkeit, gar Ver nderungen Brr, das graust ihnen Also sagen sie Dinge wie Sie ist zu jung und Politiker h tten sich ihre mter durch Kompetenz erlangt.Sie w rde sich selbst bereichern und sei eine Marionette ihrer Eltern.Sie w re zu frech und anma end gegen ber, lol, Autorit ten Sie schreibt die Reden nicht alleine Sie ist so engagiert und voller Leben Ich hingegen bin verbittert, innerlich tot und deswegen neidisch Das will ich aber nicht zugeben, deswegen hasse ich Sie benutzt Massenverkehrsmittel.Sie ist eine Frau Und ich bin misogyn, darf das aber nicht mehr ausleben Genau so wie meine Homophobie, Islamophobie, Bl de liberale, progressive Sie redet ber komplexe Dinge, die ich nicht verstehe Ich m sste mich anstrengen, lernen und lesen, um zu verstehen Mein Weltbild revidieren Etc.Welch differenzierte und fundierte Kritik.Lustig, dass das dieselben Menschen sind, die bittere Wahrheiten als Verschw rungstheorien abtun Die in ihrem Denken derartig kastriert sind, dass sie kaum noch etwas wahrnehmen Aber wenn es darum geht, gegen eine engagierte Ikone der Jugendlichen zu wettern, Hass gegen eine junge Frau zu verspr hen, sind sie gro Vor ihren politischen Ikonen und Ideologien katzbuckeln sie, aber bei Greta trauen sie sich pl tzlich Und sieh sich einer den Gesinnungswechsel an Zuerst wird ber die Politikverdrossenheit, Konsumgier, Verdummung, usw der Jugend her gezogen Das eigene Wahlverhalten besteht darin, dass man das tut, was Papi und die Arbeitskollegen w hlen, aber ok Sobald die Jugend beginnt, den Finger in die wundbrandige, stinkende Sepsis einer Wunde, die man dem Planeten mit seiner Ignoranz zugef gt hat, zu stecken, wird der Jovialit tsmodus aktiviert T tschel T tschel liebe Kinder, zerbrecht euch eure hohlen K pfchenen voller Fakenews doch nicht F llt sie nicht mit den L gen von Nobelpreistr gern au er konomie , Wissenschaftlern und f hrenden Koryph en F llt sie mit Massenmedien wie wir What does the FOX say Wie immer beginnen Revolutionen, wenn sich die Jugend beginnt f r Politik zu interessieren Gl cklicherweise bekommt das klassische Indoktrinationsmantra Gebt sie uns, wenn sie jung sind , in der heutigen Zeit eine positive Konnotation Keine der grenzdebilen Ideologien der Vergangenheit, sondern eine auf Wissenschaft, Humanismus und Nachhaltigkeit fokussierte Bewegung Statt blindem Gehorsam, unsinnigen Statuten und Pseudowissenschaften wie konomie Partizipation in gelebter Demokratie, Freiheit zur Mitgestaltung und ein Fundament aus echter, harter Naturwissenschaft.Wie vielen Menschen Greta und Fridays for future Hoffnung und Zuversicht f r eine bessere Zukunft gibt, kann nicht in Worte gefasst werden Dass sich die Zivilgesellschaft endlich zu erheben begonnen hat gegen die grenzenlose Ignoranz, Inkompetenz, Dummheit, Gier, Korruption, etc der Politik Es w rde die zul ssige L nge f r Rezensionen mehrfach sprengen, w re diese Auflistung vollst ndig.Ich w rde so weit gehen zu sagen, dass ihr Leitmotiv noch ber das anderer, nachahmenswerter Aktivisten, Menschenrechtler, Umweltsch tzer, hinaus geht Weil der Planet, das Klima, die berlebensf higkeit in der Zukunft alle betrifft und nicht nur ein Fragment des Ganzen darstellt Weil es ein junger Mensch geschafft hat, eine ganze Generation wachzur tteln Sprichw rtlich 5 vor 12, aber nicht zu sp t, um ihren konsequenten Optimismus fortzuf hren.Und es ist erst der Beginn, der Anfang von etwas gro em, noch nie Dagewesenem Das dank der digitalen M glichkeiten von jedem berall auf der Welt mitgestaltet werden kann In das alle St rken, Kompetenzen, Interessen und F higkeiten junger Kosmopoliten flie en Und das gibt mir das erste Mal seit langer, langer Zeit Zukunftsoptimismus.PS Bitte konomen, prognostiziert die n chste Krise Eine exakte Wissenschaft kann sicher mit einer transparenten, verst ndlichen, logischen Formel extrapolieren Sonst h tte Alfred Nobel doch sicher dagegen opponiert, dass ihr berhaupt einen NobelpreisAch so, hat er ja und wollte nie einen haben Hielt das f r keine echte Wissenschaft und gef hrliche Scharlatanerie, so was aber auch Der Nobelpreis f r konomie kam erst nachtr glich dazu, warum nur, finanziert von der schwedischen Zentralbank Dufte, sympathische Typen wie Friedrich Hayek und Milton Friedman haben den gekriegt f r ihre toll funktionierenden Konzepte Sieht man ja heute Neoliberalismus, jay Voll objektive und unparteiische Preisvergabe Als w rden sich Schauspieler selbst ihre Oskars verleihen Oder Politiker Staatsorden Oder Geistliche sich selbst heilig sprechen Liebe Kinder der Wirtschaftswissenschaften, werdet bitte endlich vern nftig H rt auf mit dem Bruttosozialprodukt zu spielen, euch gegenseitig Inflation und Deflation an den Kopf zu werfen Und dann weinend zur Notenbank zu rennen und benehmt euch stattdessen wie Erwachsene Und wie ihr redet Der Markt, Deregulierung Stellt euch doch bitte f r das Gruppenfoto zwischen die Backlasher und politischen Extremisten, gleich neben den religi sen Fanatikern Gut so, jetzt l cheln und Trickle down theory sagen Danke, und ab ins Geschichtsbuch zu den Anachronismen, der Paradigmenwechsel wird euch hinweg fegen. 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 Update 05 November 2019 11,000 scientists and Greta warn of untold suffering World Scientists Warning of a Climate Emergency An immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected It is severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points and nature s reinforcing feedbacks atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial that could lead to a catastrophic hothouse Earth, well beyond the control of humans These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. 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 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.So please, treat the climate crisis like the acute crisis it is and give us a future.Our lives are in your hands. What a feat Bit repetitive but then so is governments continuation of ignorance and dismissal. The only complaint is some speeches seemed repetitive. 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 she should be in school But then it is because of inaction of grownups like me and you that all those students are out on strikes It is us probably who should have been fighting for the planet And, it seems to be only our own unwillingness to look at the darkness in future directly that seems to show in our unwillingness to listen to what she has to say I try avoiding use of polythenes rather carrying groceries in hands something getting ridiculed for it and avoid buying hard copies of books and newspapers the paper of which would be wasted after once I have read them and I, both out of preferances and of lack of options, am entirely dependent upon public transportation But I also don t at all think that it is enough The very electricity I used made out of combustion of coal and mobile data I am dependent upon for my access to Internet radatjons harmful to birds ensure that my personal contribution to nature is a very negative one A friend of mine, resourceless financially, ran a NGO charity that failed within a year of its operations But within that one year it had planted 300 trees Now he was no Greta Thunberg, but he was capable of that What I do is dwarfed even by that And I don t think people like me have any right of objecting to the actions of generation who is about to be forced to pick up the trash we continue to leave behind.The argument of critics that she has no solution to offer is answered by her listen to scientists, then After all, ain t it is these very critics who keep claiming she is only a 15 year old As for supposed destruction of economic system, I don t think present economic system has managed much even in USA, the pole star of capitalism there are people starving and not managing enough to meet the basic needs And this is besides destruction of planet Neither most of humans nor the environment has survived damanged done by capitalism What then is so fabulous about our economic system Humanity is the only nonh zero waste species of the world that is how intelligent we and our systems are.Anyway, it all seems repeating same things that have already talked about several times before The real reason for writing this piece is my admiration for author It is admirable, her clarity of expressions something not easily visible in our political so called leaders She is seeing things so clearly that if she be abnormal another criticism she has been getting a lot, I mean seriously it is abnormal in admirable way She kind of gets of my followship than most popular leaders would get out of me very few speeches ever move me and hers do If she stubbornly refuses to entertain arguments defending present system and status quo it is of clarity of vision of seeing things clearly, she knows that present system is indefensible an albatross around necks of older generations I agree that we should seeeverything in terms of how it might help the planet, that we must panic it is of clarity of vision she asks us to do so And this clarity of vision is something that people like me won t be able to, being distracted by thousand minor trifals such as the next book I truly admire such clarity of vision People like me need people like her to tell what is most important And if you really think that despite her good intentions, there are some points at which she is wrong such as littering done by her folowers at her campaign than remind yourself she and her followers are still young and doing older people s job.I do think she deserves a Nobel Prize but I hope they don t give it to her this time as I get the feeling that she has only started and is going to do far much things that, once again, really are responsiblity of mine and preceeding generations And once we have given her Nobel Prize, we won t have much else to thank her with.But again, may be they should That should keep her in attention of media much longer Because I am scared that the powerful are already treating her the way they treat such admirable idealists as a sort of entertainment They invite her, listen to her speeches, express their concern about issues raised by her, applause her efforts in patronising ways and then move on to next entertainment in charts Their merely having listened to her and applauded her efforts is supposed to be seen as their having done their bit and why should it not be so How much do most of us who truly believe in her cause are doing.Evil is full of devilish charms but none of those that dark characters in novels show The people we are talking about are not dragons but Prince Charmings they are clean shaved, often handsome and well built men wearing suits, looking clean or equally charming empowered women no blood stains visible anywhere in those tall office buildings not even under the mattreses, no smoke coming out of factories anywhere in surroundings the factories are tucked away herr in third world countries These people commiting highest amount of evil not giving enough wages to their customers, creating products harmful for environment are capable of convincing themselves that they are really good people because so often the sufferings they cause are so far away both geographically and chronologically from what they see in their daily lives And even others might not see the evil in them, after all how many of us hold billionaire businessmen and most disgusting politicians in admiration Yes such evil people are really few but than so are people who can really be called good Martin Luther King Junior, Greta Thunberg etc Most of us here including yours truly is just dummy, dull, banal people who easily give into evil in power, look after their own ass by taking jobs that will help powerful keep thier kingdoms while the dreams of good people rarely move us to only for a few moments of intense emotions People who are capable of very little good action The very idea of 200 species dying every day would haunt a really good person that is about one specie for time you might take to read this review A life form that was there on planet for millions of years won t any longer be and might not ever be here again It should make us loss sleep, haunt us all the time but it doesn t I think it does haunt Greta though, I think it is kind of thing she can t get out of her mind so feels compelled to repeat it and that is kind of reasons why she or really other activists like her are better humans than we are or at least I am.Greta says powerful are counting on technology not built yet True that unless conspiracy theory they are hiding those Technologies for personal profits but also I have read and seen some examples of tricks and techniques that provide commendably better resource utilization and waste management mostly in Japan, though a few are from others parts including India too with very little effort, cost and not any inconveniences on part of users after they have been put to use but most people for whom such techniques are won t be moved to make even those slight changes Most people just resist change.Unlike Greta, I really don t have hopes for humanity making it through this crisis However, if my assessment of her is true, I don t think anything will stop her and some of her friends from trying. No One Is Too Small to Make a Differenceis a great little book, it is not revolutionary and nothing that we haven t 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 and act upon 4 stars for an essential read. Unpopular opinion alert I absolutely hated this little book It is a collection of Greta s 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 don t 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 wouldn t have time to explain during a speech, but since this is a book it would have made it much interesting if we got background info on the claims she is making, and the locations background info on the speeches themselves, e.g telling the readers a little about the situation and why she was going to speech at a certain location and why that day etc.I don t recommend this book at all Don t give this to climate skeptics and don t give this to people that are on the fence, this will not convince them of the realness or the urgency of the problem unfortunately.
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
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- No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
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