Be the Change

Be the Change: Rob Greenfield’s Call to Kids—Making a Difference in a Messed-Up World (April, 2022)

Co-authored with Rob Greenfield

Genre: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction

Curriculum guide, suitable for Grades 4–7 (scroll down until you see the book’s cover)

For young readers ages 8 to 12, an inspiring, lively guide to sustainable living. Features kid-friendly information on the highly popular movement towards zero-waste living, as well as information on the climate crisis and solutions.

Rob Greenfield loves this planet, and he’s willing to go to extremes to show kids how our way of life is causing it harm. He’s walked around New York City dressed in his own garbage, cycled across the U.S. on a bamboo bike (three times), and survived one year on food he foraged or grew himself. For Rob, it’s all worth it: he brings attention to important topics like food and water waste; our dependency on fossil fuels; our piles of stuff (and the energy required to produce it); and our disconnection from community and the wider world.

In this uplifting book, Rob uses his own experiences—backed by solid information and a ton of great ideas—to show kids that no one is too young to make a difference, and no action is too small to make a start.

Advance praise:

“A downright joyous exploration of the ways kids can heal the planet, help their neighbors and live happy lives. In a genre chock full of doom and gloom, Rob provides an inspiration sandwich filled with the information and practical tips every budding worldchanger needs.” Michael O’Heaney, Executive Director of The Story of Stuff Project

“Understanding the environmental and social issues we face is daunting and disheartening. Be the Change connects the dots between these issues while presenting concrete actions that we can take as individuals, families and communities to realize the changes we all want to see in the world.” Dr. Anna Crawford, Chair of Greenpeace Canada‘s Board of Directors

“Finally! An author of a book who makes clothes out of his trash, and bicycles everywhere he can! That’s an adult we all want to hang out with. Okay, so Rob also didn’t shower for 1000 days, but as you will read in Be the Change, it wasn’t as yucky as it sounds. I loved every page of this amazing book–Rob offers fun, exhilarating escapades that are also real-world ways to help a world that needs your attention right now. Turns out, saving our planet is fun. I put this book down feeling fired up and full of hope, and you will too.” Caroline Paul, author of You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

Toni donates a portion of her proceeds from this book directly to Malambo Grassroots and other nonprofits that support environmental and social causes.

Rob donates 100 percent of his proceeds from this book directly to environmental nonprofits.

Be the Change is available wherever books are sold in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. If you live outside these countries, Be the Change can be shipped internationally from Book Depository.

Pre-order here:

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Purchase directly from the publisher, Greystone Books