From Asia to Africa, Oceania to Europe, the Americas and Antarctica, see the world through the eyes of 60 young people who are fighting for their homes and their futures in the face of climate change.
The stories in United We Are Unstoppable are devastating, defiant, inspiring and moving – but, above all, they are full of hope. The climate crisis can feel overwhelming but, as this book shows, for every problem there are young voices raising awareness, creating solutions and demanding that things change. It's not too late to save the world. United we really are unstoppable.
Aditya Mukarji (16) stopped 26 million straws from polluting the oceans. Cecilia La Rose (15) filed a lawsuit against the Canadian federal government for contributing to global warming. Delphin Kaze (19) founded a company that produces eco-charcoal from organic waste in Burundi.
And more inspiring stories from . . . Htet Myet Min Tun; Tatyana Sin; Iman Dorri; Howey Ou; Theresa Rose Sebastian; Nasreen Sayed; Liyana Yamin; Albrecht Arthur N. Arevalo; Akari Tomita; Karel Lisbeth Miranda Mendoza; Emma-Jane Burian; Anya Sastry; Ricardo Andres Pineda Guzman; Cricket Guest; Lia Harel; Shannon Lisa; Khadija Usher; Brandon Nguyen; Vivianne Roc; Octavia Shay Muñoz-Barton; Payton Mitchell; Ashley Torres; Eyal Weintraub; Daniela Torres Perez; Catarina Lorenzo; Juan José Martín-Bravo; João Henrique Alves Cerqueira; Gilberto Cyril Morishaw; Holly Gillibrand; Stamatis Psaroudakis; Lilith Electra Platt; Anna Taylor; Raina Ivanova; Federica Gasbarro; Laura Lock; Agim Mazreku; Adrian Toth; Kaluki Paul Mutuku; Nche Tala; Sebenele Rodney Carval; Jeremy Raguain; Lesein Mathenge Mutunkei; Toiwiya Hassane; Koku Klutse; Tsiry Nantenaina Randrianavelo; Ruby Sampson; Tafadzwa Chando; Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti; Ndèye Marie Aida Ndieguene; Zoe Buckley Lennox; Lourdes Faith Auhura Parehuia; Alexander Whitebrook; Komal Narayan; Kailash Cook; Madeleine Keitilani Elceste Lavemai; Freya May Mimosa Brown; and Carlon Zackhras
25p from the sale of physical copies of United We Are Unstoppable will go to a charity advocating for the protection of children's rights.
Akshat Rathi is a London-based reporter for Bloomberg News. He tells stories of the people and their ideas tackling the biggest problem facing humanity: climate change. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.
"Every activist has a story. Every story has a solution. Every solution can change a life. I am truly inspired by these stories of climate activists from various parts of the world. This is an amazing book."
– Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist
"Engaging, fast-paced, inspirational [...] mandatory reading"
– Siddharth Singh, author of The Great Smog of India
"It is impossible not to be moved by these young activists. Everyone will learn something new. Akshat Rathi has done the world a great service in bringing these genuinely diverse voices from across the planet into one place. United We Are Unstoppable is essential reading if you care about the future of life on Earth"
– Professor Simon Lewis, University College London
"The book's stories are powerful and myriad [...] Throughout, there are common threads: conviction, determination, and the inability to sit back as a catastrophe unfolds."
– Quartz, The Race to Zero Emissions
"Vital [...] The book's essays pull no punches in calling out the crisis for what it is [...] But the book is far more than calls for leadership and coming together. It also shows kids and young adults are already taking action beyond the high proflie strikes and lawsuits"
"This collection of inspiring stories from all over the world is the perfect antidote for those dismayed at the political wrangling and lack of courage to confront the existential challenge of our times. This book should be required reading for anyone concerned about climate change."
– Adnan Amin, senior fellow at Harvard University and former head of IRENA
"What a wonderful collection. The world is lucky to have Greta Thunberg – and just as lucky to have this collection of like-minded young people in every corner of the planet, hard at work to make things better. But don't take the message that we should simply leave the climate crisis on the shoulders of high school kids. Take the message that we should follow where they lead!"
– Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and New York Times bestselling author
"An essential collection of essays written by a diverse group of young people from all over the world who are working to protect our one and only home. Get a copy for yourself, and give another copy to a young person in your life!"
– Leah Stokes, political scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara
"It's fun to read about kids doing great things to save the planet' Annan (9 years old) and Sonja (6 years old). 'What they said"
– Gernot Wagner, Annan and Sonja's dad, climate economist at New York University and co-author of Climate Shock
"One of the most distinctive things about the book is showing that individual actions – such as recycling, driving or flying less, or going vegan – are not enough and will not save us. The only way to achieve systemic change and halt the effects of climate change is mass movement; millions of people need to get involved demand change from those in power"
– Chemistry World