Penguin have released a gorgeous collection of twenty short books on some of the greatest green issues of our time, each passionately articulated by one of the best in the field of environmentalism and activism. The array of pre-published books, which includes writings spanning the last 75 years, are not only filled with a wealth of wisdom on a variety of disciplines from economics, politics, and ethics to literature, art, and gardening, but are visually stunning with with their ombre rainbow hues.
A handful of the big names and powerful themes in the collection include Greta Thunberg with her book, ‘No One is Too Small to Make Difference’, documenting her well known inspirational speeches is included. Activist and journalist George Monbiot’s book containing a collection of his speeches and essays entitles ‘This Can’t be Happening’ also made the cut. Activist and film maker Naomi Klein, in her contribution, ‘Hot Money’, explores the systemic environmental problems caused by unregulated capitalism. Environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai, The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Price contributes her work, ‘The World We Once Lived In’, articulating the sacred power of trees and the reasons humans destroy forests. Award winning Indian writer, Amitav Ghosh, offers his perspective on why the climate crisis is difficult to address in fiction without seeming to appear as science fiction and argues for writers to focus on the true severity of the environmental crisis.
Such a stunning, educational, and poignant collection of books would be perfect material to inspire any environmentalist. A splurge on the full collection of twenty books would come in at just under £100, and would cheer up any bookshelf. You could build up your collection book by book, with each priced at only £4.99, or curate your own smaller collection based on your specific interests. Peach and Bumble will definitely be adding these to our birthday wish list!