04-07-2023 / Booksio Staff
5 Books For Your Teen Climate Warrior!

There’s no doubt that Generation Z is shaking things up. Born after 1996, Gen Zers have always had access to the internet and have witnessed the power of social media and direct action protests in the service of Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and - of course - the pressing issues of climate change.

The majority of Gen Z believes climate change should be a top priority, and close to 70% report feeling anxious or angry about the future of our planet. However, as parents and caregivers to thoughtful young people, it can sometimes be challenging to watch as they scroll through social media and get upset about enormous, complex issues like climate change. What to do?

At Booksio, we’re always looking for ways to make a difference. Recent environmental action books provide a sense of purpose for those young people who want to change the narrative and do something to help our planet. Here are our recommendations for your teen climate warrior!


A Hot Mess by Jeff Fleischer

9781541597761Drawing on real-life situations and stories, journalist Jeff Fleischer takes an informed, approachable look at how our world will likely change as a result of our actions, including suggestions on what we can still do to slow down these unprecedented effects. Topics include sea levels, extreme weather, drought, animal and plant extinction, and human and animal migration.



How To Change Everything by Naomi Klein

9781534474536Full of empowering stories of young leaders all over the world, this information-packed book from one of the foremost voices for climate justice, Naomi Klein, offers young readers a comprehensive look at the state of the climate today, while also providing the tools they need to join this fight to protect and reshape the planet they will inherit.



A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate

9780063269125Superstar Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate shares her story and argues that her community bears disproportionate consequences from the climate crisis. She sees that activists from African nations and the global south are not being heard in the same way as activists from white nations are. Part manifesto, part memoir, Nakate presents a vision for the climate movement based on resilience, sustainability, and equity.



The Story of More by Hope Jahren

9780593381151Hope Jahren illuminates the science behind key inventions, clarifying how electricity, large-scale farming, and automobiles have both helped and harmed our world. The eye-opening information in The Story of More will help readers understand the path needed. If we collectively make informed choices now, Jahren reassures, our future can be as bright as we imagine it can be.



Challenge Everything by Blue Sandford and Extinction Rebellion

9781843654643The main concern of young people is climate change and how to combat it. Written by a founder member of Extinction Rebellion Youth London, this is no greenwashing book - it's an important call to action. A manifesto for how young people can help to save the planet by questioning everything about modern life and acting upon their conclusions.



More than anything, these books remind the young person in your life that all is not lost and that hope can be found in action. Check out our April Featured Cause to learn more about what you can do to make Earth Day, Every Day.

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