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No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

This virtual discussion on October 22 was moderated by Jenny Offill, novelist, climate activist, and Writers Rebel NYC founder, and her daughter Theo Hirmes!
Missed the live event? Watch the recorded event below.

Highlights from audience participants:

Thanks for all that you are doing Theo! I’m 15 and live in Minnesota and am working on Climate Change on a local level and broader scale too. Keep it up! We are stronger together!!”

“Great event, like last month! What a joy to see this parent/child duo, and so amazing that Jenny interviewed Theo, not vice versa. Theo is amazing!”

“Speaking of dread and grief – Climate Reads really helps me!

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
“Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.”

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings us Greta in her own words alongside moving images from her game-changing protests. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it. (Penguin Random House)

Jenny Offill is the author of three novels, Last ThingsDept. of Speculation, and Weather as well as several books for children. She is a member of the NYC chapter of Writers Rebel and teaches at Bard College. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Greenpeace and The Washington Post, among other publications.

Theo Hirmes is the founder of Hudson Valley’s chapter of XRY and helped organize her school’s September 20th climate strike. She has participated in many local and national climate actions and in 2019 was part of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit and the Drawdown Conference.

Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018 she started a school strike that became a movement called Fridays For Future, which has inspired school strikes for climate action in more than 150 countries involving millions of students. Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies across Europe, and at the United Nations COP24 in Poland and the World Economic Forum in Davos. In September 2019 she will speak in New York City at the UN Climate Action Summit. She has won the prestigious Prix Liberté and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg is vegan, and doesn’t fly, in order to live a low-carbon life.

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