Books: Non-Fiction

How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other

Book — Non-fiction. By Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff. 2021. Young leaders are showing the world that this moment of increasingly dangerous climate change is also a moment of great opportunity — an opportunity to change everything for the better.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Organizing, World History/Global Studies

Hurricanes. Melting ice. Fires in the Amazon, Australia, and California. Natural disasters are now an everyday part of life. When they occur, some see disaster as an opportunity to make the rich richer. But what if we saw it as a chance to build a better future? This is the question Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff ask young readers to consider in their book, How to Change Everything, an adaptation by Stefoff of Klein’s 2015 book, This Changes Everything.

As the impacts of climate change get worse and worse, change for the better means much more than trying to keep temperatures down.  It means rebuilding society to not just stop climate change, but to achieve climate justice. It means changing the way we live so we heal the planet and secure a fair and livable future for all people, with no one and no community left behind.

Full of empowering stories of youth all over the world who are already taking action for climate justice, young readers will find inspiration to make their own voices heard to protect the natural world that is their inheritance. This information-packed book offers young readers a comprehensive look at the state of the climate today and how we got here — and how they can help shape what happens next. How to Change Everything includes additional reading and resources including “A Natural Solution to the Climate Disaster” (Public Letter of April 2019), and a bibliography. [Description from the author’s website.]

ISBN: 9781534474529 | Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Related Teaching Materials

Simon & Schuster: Atheneum Books for Young Readers provides teaching materials for this title. Click and download the PDF: How to Change Everything Curriculum Guide

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