No 266 Posted by fw, August 29, 2011
Annie Leonard, director of the Story of Stuff said this about the Activist’s Guide — “Every day I get hundreds of emails from Story of Stuff viewers, asking what they can do to make a difference in the world. Now I can simply tell them one thing: Read The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement + Changing the World. Really, everyone should read this book.”
About the Author — Sharon J. Smith, the author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement + Changing the World, is an organizer and trainer active in social change movements for global justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability. She worked with student networks to achieve landmark environmental victories in the logging and finance sectors and has trained thousands of youth in advocacy for social change. As Program Advisor for the Brower Youth Awards at Earth Island Institute, Sharon supported hundreds of emerging environmental activists annually and co-produced Emmy award-winning films shown on The Sundance Channel and PBS. (Source: Earth Island Institute, About the Author)
Synopsis — If you’ve ever wanted to change the world for the better but didn’t know how, then The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World is the perfect book for you. The book shares lessons learned from the winners of Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards, America’s top honor for young green leaders. The book includes all the tools you need – from planning a campaign and recruiting supporters, to raising money and attracting media attention – to turn your ideas into actions and make changes that matter. The Guide also has tips on how students can boost the sustainability of their high school and college campuses, with contributions by Earth Day Network, and tips on how to launch a career in the environmental movement.
Must Read — “ABOUT THE BOOK” excerpts on the Random House website. To access the excerpts, just click on the linked heading. (Note: copyright restrictions prohibit the reproduction of any part of these excerpts without the written permission from the publisher).
Samples of high praise from 3 reviews —
The Ecologist — According to Sharon J. Smith, ‘climate justice is really the defining issue of our generation’ and the modern day environmentalism movement is the focus of her book, The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World. The book acts as an eco-campaigners almanac, a go-to guide for people interested in making a positive difference to the environment. The clever use of successful activist’s personal accounts and the overwhelming enthusiasm with which it is imbued mean that Building a Green Movement is more than just a guidebook.
Justin Haaheim (Amazon.com review) — Smith’s writing is readable and enjoyable, and she lays out one of the best, most straightforward how-tos to date for activists and organizers who want to make a difference on environmental issues in the current political and environmental climate (ha – no pun intended). This is a must read for young organizers, though I think just about anyone who is getting into environmental work will find this helpful and informative. One of my favorite parts of the book is the mighty collection of well-researched examples Smith relies on — all young organizers from across the spectrum, many of whom now prominent figures in the modern environmental scene. Highly recommended.
roots&shoots — The book is more than a how-to; it is also filled with true-life stories of youth who are making a difference for our environment already. One of the success stories features Brower Youth Award, Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award for Youth Leadership Award Winner and Roots & Shoots Member Erica Fernandez. Fernandez worked with the Sierra Club and Latino No on LNG to mobilize her community to stop the creation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility near her home on the California coast. Fernandez’s hard work paid off, after four years of protests, marches and a huge rally the California State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission denied the project. In addition to success stories and how-to instruction The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement + Changing the World provides resources to young people including environmentally focused organizations that they can partner with and get more information from. Young people today have the power to change the world and this book is a great way to get started!