The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World
By Sharon J. Smith
(Ten Speed Press, Paperback, 9781580085618, 224pp.)
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
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If you want to make a significant and sustainable impact on the health of our planet, this powerful and practical guide can help. Author and activist Sharon J. Smith shares proven strategies and lessons learned from the winners of Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards—America’s top honor for young green leaders. Here are 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.
All author proceeds from the sale of this book go to Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards to support the next generation of young activists.
Sharon J. Smith is an organizer and trainer in the environmental, global justice, peace, and human rights movements, and program advisor for Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards. She has 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. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
“If you ever thought about wanting to change the world, but didn’t know where to start, then buy this book. It’s an inspiring and practical guide for young people who want to take the first steps toward finding real solutions for the planet.”
--Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club
“Organizers spend decades developing tools and learning systems that Sharon Smith puts at the fingertips of young activists within a weekend.”
--Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green for All
“I love this book. There’s no time to wait—the world needs you now. Take these strategies and make them your own.”
--Adam Werbach, chief sustainability officer, Saatchi & Saatchi
“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.”
--Annie Leonard, director, The Story of Stuff Project
“The Brower Youth Awards honor some of the best activists in America. Not just the best young activists—but the best activists, period. They have a lot to teach us in this book!”
--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and founder, 350.org