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What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action

Penguin Pr. Sept. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780593296226. $30. NAT HIST
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It is remarkable to observe a single individual attempting to change world events, but that is exactly what Fonda (Prime Time) is trying to do. Taking Greta Thunberg as her model, Fonda decided to raise awareness about caring for the climate utilizing all the resources at her disposal. She teamed with Greenpeace and protested frequently in 2019 and 2020, getting arrested at least three times for civil disobedience. The Fire Drill Fridays movement, started by Fonda and Greenpeace, combined the star power of celebrities with activists, primarily women of color, to address multiple topics related to climate change, including adverse health effects. Each chapter here covers one week and one topic going over the basics of the issue, the events of the rally, and resources for further action. As Fonda points out, the work of climate change cannot wait, and she is here to offer suggestions. Readers need not read the entire book in order to join the movement; each chapter has suggestions for specific actions people can take.
VERDICT This urgent call for environmental action will have the most impact on readers already familiar with Fonda and her activism during the Vietnam War. It will also pique the interest of others wondering, What can I do?

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