This guide will give you more information about this year's STUDENT SUMMER READING.
This year's text was chosen in connection with the 2023 Social Justice Week theme of Climate Justice, and our Science department will take the lead on facilitating conversations about this text next fall.
What's the book about?
How to Change Everything speaks to the roles of individuals, corporations, and governments in fighting for the planet and vulnerable populations across the globe. The book addresses climate science, disaster capitalism, youth activism, geoengineering, the original New Deal and the Green New Deal, all in an approachable way. It covers situations like Hurricanes Katrina and Maria, issues of fracking, indigenous people’s initiatives for change, and it even discusses health disparities and other lessons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Klein and Stefoff make clear the need for taking action against climate change now, and provide some actionable steps to walk our students through activism, advocacy, building awareness, green art opportunities, legal tools, and building their own tool kit on how to engage in climate justice and hopefully inspire conviction, passion, and ultimately, action.
Some students will also read an additional title during the summer. Check the chart below to see if you need to read an additional title before returning to school in the fall. Based on the class you will be in this fall, click the link below (or use the tabs/drop downs up above) to find summaries, author info, videos, read-alikes, and more.
ADDITIONALLY, Seniors in English Selectives
Senior AP English Literature will read two other books (choose your class on linked senior page)
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. She is a columnist with The Guardian. In 2018 she was named the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair at Rutgers University and is now Honorary Professor of Media and Climate at Rutgers. In September 2021 she joined the University of British Columbia as UBC Professor of Climate Justice (tenured) and co-director of the Centre for Climate Justice.
Naomi Klein’s eighth book, How to Change Everything: A Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other is her first book written specifically for young readers. Along with Rebecca Steffof, she adapts over twenty years of reporting and research on climate change and the movements that are trying to stop it. Young readers will find stories and information that they can use on their journeys to create a better future. A global movement is already underway to combat not only the environmental effects of climate change but also to fight for climate justice and make a fair and livable future possible for everyone. And young people are not just part of that movement, they are leading the way! Young leaders are showing the world that this moment of danger is also a moment of great opportunity—an opportunity to change everything for the better.
The paperback of How To Change Everything was published February 22, 2022 in US, Canada and the UK and is being translated into over 15 languages worldwide. Naomi was onstage virtually with youth climate leaders in multiple events to discuss the book and the youth climate movement.