good news planet earth

Good News, Planet Earth is a book by climate campaigner Sam Bentley as he shares hopeful developments with tons of ways to help reduce pollution, deforestation and climate change. Learn about a tower that harvests water from rain, fog and dew. And find 100 positive action steps we can all take, to make a difference.

If planting green spaces, learn how to make gardens safe for pets (includes indoor plants to avoid). Avoid facing indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows.

Find 25 chapters covering:

  • Ocean-cleanup innovations
  • Composting actions
  • Animal welfare tips
  • Helping public space and transport

Sam Bentley is a popular influencer in the climate action space, who has almost 1 million followers on Instagram and TikTok combined. He posts videos that shares the good news on recent developments in the fight against climate change, and discusses what people are doing, to build a more environmentally conscious world.

take small actions (to make a big difference)

microactivism

Micro Activism is a unique book on how to make a difference in the world, by sharing your talents (even if you’re an introvert or highly sensitive person). Discover your own unique strengths to become involved in sustainable campaigns. Start small, and work locally.

The book features tips on self-care to avoid burn-out and profiles peaceful activists who engage in a range of activities including:

  1. Voter registration
  2. Craftivism!
  3. Literacy programs
  4. Community gardens

Omkari’s 6 principle manifesto

  1. Integrity is key
  2. Justice equals freedom
  3. Stories matter
  4. Compassion is required
  5. Joy helps
  6. Love wins

The book focuses on different types of activists, so you can know which one you are (for instance, the Organizer is the one who is good at ‘doing the paperwork’ behind the scenes and creates spreadsheets to keep the accounts in order, to reach fundraising goals). The book also includes profiles of various micro activists, to inspire.

Omkari Williams has worked as a political consultant and life coach for 30 years, supporting activists who are introvert or highly sensitive. She shares her own story of challenging injustice (as a gay  black woman) to empower others to make a difference in their communities.

Right now the world is at a tipping point, and needs the activism of all concerned global citizens. Pick one or (at most) two causes to focus on at a time. Honestly, none of us can effectively do more than that. Other people will focus on other things. Together we’ll cover it all. Omkari

38 Degrees is an online petition site (named after the angle at which an avalanche happens) showing the power of community to make changes on actions they care about. Big victories have included changed government policy (to sell off our remaining public forests to private companies), holding Ofgem to account to protect the most vulnerable people, and keeping ticketing offices open at train stations.

social justice (for the sensitive soul)

social justice for the sensitive soul

Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul is a book on how to win the world in quiet ways, doing good for others, without having to scream and shout! Marching down the street and throwing statues in rivers (covered in toxic paint that kill our dolphin and other marine friends) is not the way to create change. Change comes from:

  1. Connectors (people peacefully building relationships)
  2. Creatives (artists and creators who inspire)
  3. Record keepers (archivists who preserve essential information)
  4. Builders (inventors, engineers and programmers)
  5. Equippers (educators, mentors & elders)
  6. Researchers (effecting change through information)

The book features real-life examples of highly sensitive world-changers, to show the positive social impact, without needing to shout about it.

Proposes a quieter approach, gentle guidance urges us to get curious about finding our way to quiet activist. Karen Walrond

Those gifted with sensitivity have incredible insights others do not. Their heart-centred connection to people and places is what this present moment is desperately calling for. Byron Chung

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is a writer whose work with nonprofits, social enterprises and faith-based organisations have engaged with a broad range of issues including homelessness, affordable housing, energy access, youth leadership, HIV/AIDS and international development.

meet Canada’s version of Caroline Lucas!

growing up Elizabeth May

Growing Up Elizabeth May is the story of Elizabeth May by her daughter Cate. Filled with environmental facts, profiles of young activists and tips for making changes in your own community, this is part biography and part manifesto for change. While other children were playing, when growing up Elizabeth was raising money for important causes and organising protests. Even before environmentalism became the norm.

If you’re wondering who Elizabeth May is, she is the leader of Canada’s Green Party and an MP (so basically the Canadian counterpart to our own Caroline Lucas). Like Caroline, she was also voted the hardest working MP (but recently suffered a mild stroke, so get well soon Elizabeth – we need you!)

Cate May Burton is a passionate educator and social-justice advocate with a particular interest in democracy, climate change and justice for indigenous peoples. She holds a master’s degree in women and gender studies and is also studying education. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

how to become an accidental activist!

how to become an accidental activist

How to Become an Accidental Activist is an inspiring and uplifting book profiling 100 activists around the world including changemakers lik Greta Thunberg. It shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things to help others. Between them, they work to help the planet, humans, animals and historice buildings.

The book will inspire young readers by giving tips to get started, and how to continue when the going gets tough, and how to encourage others to get involved. Channel your passions and dream big, to change the world.

Fresh Air, Clean Water is a book for young readers on how to campaign for safe clean water, healthy soil to grow food and clean air to breathe. But what if your drinking water is dangerous, your air is polluted and your soil is toxic? This book features profiles of children around the world who are taking action and going to court for environmental rights for all. Hear the powerful stories of those fighting for change, for all of us.

Also read Every Last Drop, looking at why the world’s water resources are at risk and how communities around the world are finding innovative ways to quench their thirst and water their crops. Upstream, Downstream looks at watersheds (areas of land that channel rain and snowmelt into streams, rivers and oceans).

make a difference (in a messed-up world)

make a difference in a messed-up world

Be the Change is a fun sustainable living guide for young readers age 8 to 12, from zero waste activist Rob Greenfield. Featuring information on the climate crisis and solutions, Rob loves this planet and wants to show others how to help. He’s walked around New York City (dressed in his own garbage), cycled (three times) across the USA on a bamboo bike, and survived for one year on foraged food.

In this book, he begins attention to topics like food and water waste, our dependency on fossil fuels, our piles of stuff (and the energy needed to make it) and our disconnection from community and the wider world. This uplifting book is backed with solid information and a ton of great ideas, to show that children can also make a difference, and no action is too small to make a start.

Rob Greenfield (find a free teacher’s companion guide to the book) used to work in marketing, before deciding to drastically simplify his life. Named the ‘Robin Hood of modern times’, he gives all his media income to grassroots nonprofits. This is partly so his income stays low enough not to pay tax, so he does not fund polluting companies or weapons.

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