“Stone Soup for a Sustainable World: Life-Changing Stories of Young Heroes” features the stories of 100 young climate change trailblazers, environmental justice changemakers, educator champions, sustainable business leaders, intergenerational legacy figures, green inventors and entrepreneurs, and emerging island leaders from 38 countries worldwide and 32 U.S. cities.
These brave young people have innovative solutions to the most challenging issues of our times and they are shining the light and inviting us to join them - before it's too late.
WHY THESE STORIES ARE SO IMPORTANT:
“Stone Soup for a Sustainable World'' invites readers to take concrete actions to support these young heroes and their organizations, and to help them maximize their impact in building a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. A six-year-old girl in the Netherlands, appalled at what she learns about plastic pollution in the oceans, begins a determined campaign to fight it. By the time she is 8, she has started a Facebook page, and by the time she is 12 she and her followers have picked up 200,000 pieces of plastic. A young entrepreneur in Barcelona has a successful business making fashionable eyewear out of plastic waste retrieved from the ocean. A young woman in Mumbai begins by turning a scrapyard in her neighborhood into an urban garden, and goes on to become a researcher/educator about the importance of protecting native plants. Two sisters in London, ages 8 and 10, learn about the devastating effect deforestation is having on orangutans. They confront Kellogg’s on their palm oil suppliers, and succeed in getting them to support more sustainable practices. A young woman in Uganda goes from standing alone outside her parliament, holding up signs about the urgency of climate action, and is now an internationally known spokeswoman for the movement. When a young American realizes the connection between social justice issues and the climate crisis, he creates The Climate Reporter, an online publication that features the work of young climate activists worldwide. Now, as the youngest member of the White House's Environmental Justice Advisory Council, he is helping to plan a strategy for combating the global climate crisis. These are just a few of the encouraging, inspiring, and ultimately very hopeful stories in these pages.
In addition to the stories of today’s younger generation taking on the challenges of climate change, there are stories of those in previous generations who have through the years fought for and kept the dream of social justice alive, from heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Cesar Chavez to the youth today who take courage and inspiration from their examples, and are carrying out those dreams. There are also stories about ordinary people as well as Hollywood stars (Laura Dern, Ed Begley Jr.) who have supported successful businesses that use sustainable practices. And there are intergenerational family stories too: the grandchildren of Peter Yarrow, Mahatma Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez, and the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy tell not only how their families inspired them, but what they are doing today to carry out the dream of a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
This book needs to be on your bookshelf regardless of your age, your ethnicity, or your interest in environmental activism. Not only does it give hope and encouragement that positive change IS possible, but it also provides an action plan for how to get involved and do it.
Need more inspiration and encouragement? 100% of the proceeds from this book are donated to the Stone Soup Leadership Institute's global initiatives. (Over the last 20 years, this non-profit organization has invested in training young people from around the world to become leaders in their communities and the world!)
“We need to help our children understand and contribute to the world they are living in. The stories in this book of courageous youth leaders around the world are a great educational tool. They challenge us all to do whatever we can to build a more sustainable world for all children.”
—Matt Damon, Actor, Co-Founder Water.org
"These dedicated young people are a shining example of how we can imagine a more sustainable world. I encourage you to read the inspiring stories in this book. Listen to these young people. Learn from them. Join with them. Support them. Let's get to work! It's going to take all of us working together. The planet is counting on us, and so are our children.”
—Ted Danson, Actor, Co-Founder Oceana