This little pamphlet is the daily dose of motivation that you may need.
Aged 16 now, Greta Thunberg has already received more hate from the media and the general public than most of you ever will in your entire lifetime.
Since she launched Skolstrejk för klimtet (School strike for the climate) about a year ago, she has subjected to a 21stcentury witch hunt, with people accusing her of alarmism and fearmongering with her “doomsday” prophecy of a climate catastrophe, necessitating changes that will crash the global economy.
Jeremy Corbyn’s brother, Piers Corbyn, has dismissed Thunberg as a “brainwashed child”, an inspired puppet of cynical adults; Spiked magazine’s Ella Whelan sees Thunberg’s school strike as an encapsulation of her entire method: a rejection of rationalism and education for “knee-jerk, panicky responses” and wild, self-indulgent emotion.
Reading her words on paper in this short collection of speeches, it is staggering to see on paper how much this teenage girl is painfully aware that “people tell me that I’m retarded, a bitch and a terrorist, and many other things”.
Her candid and kind nature is laid bare in this pamphlet, published under the title of her refrain, “no one is too small to make a difference.”
But here is the issue that we had with it – when you give 11 speeches in nine months on give or take the same topic, they are all going to start sounding like a refrain.
At only 68 pages, this A6-size booklet is something you could read in one sitting, but I strongly advise you not to. Each speech becomes much more powerful when experienced as its own thing, without the previous ones fresh in your memory. I binged through the first four and, very quickly, they all merged together.
Each speech is not only a few pages long, so if you have a short commute or often find yourself in a queue while getting coffee, this is the perfect book to shove in your bag and pick up when you feel as though you are in need of a quick dose of inspiration from a teen who is trying to save the world.