Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future
There is no planet B. Activists share how we must inform and organize ourselves to save the future.
“Act as though your house is on fire. Because it is.” Following Greta Thunberg, millions of young climate activists have been taking to the streets around the globe as part of the Fridays For Future movement. They demand that we “unite behind the science,” as, for too long, climate scientists have been ringing the alarm bells about rising temperatures, tipping points, and the devastating consequences of extreme weather—but politicians do nothing.
So how do you begin to end the climate crisis? Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Repenning begin by telling stories. Neubauer cofounded the youth climate activist group in Germany and has become its most prominent voice. In this book she and Repenning weave in personal accounts of their evolution as climate activists with a thorough analysis of how climate change impacts their generation, and what every one of us can and must do about it. The young and old in the United States and around the world can learn valuable lessons from their European counterparts.
Praise for Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future
“Beginning to End the Climate Crisis acknowledges the challenge of affecting long-term change, but says that it’s important to keep trying.”
— Foreword Reviews
“The book covers a lot of ground, initially expressing powerfully the injustice that younger generations feel, as their future is stolen. But beyond lamenting the crisis, Luisa and Alex propose steps toward meeting the challenge. From institutionalizing responsibility to creating clear communication, rethinking economic systems, redefining the good life, addressing justice issues, getting educated, imagining a positive future, and getting organized, they challenge the reader to participate.”
— Elders Climate Action Massachusetts’s newsletter
“In a time where climate disaster is taking hold all over the world, this book is needed now more than ever. This book strikes the balance between not sugar coating the climate crisis, but also providing hope in the form of action.”
— Jamie Sarai Margolin, Zero Hour founder and author of Youth to Power
“Luisa and Alex remind us across generations, to unflinchingly take responsibility and face the future together. Read this book. Learn where we have been and where we can and we must go.”
— Harriet Shugarman, award-winning author, university professor, climate educator, policy analyst, and climate activist
“The young have every right to say to us: how could you fail us like this? Luisa and Alex sing a new song and we all have to sing it with them.”
— Cornelia Funke, author of the Dragon Rider series and others