Greta Thunberg joins Tori Tsui and a team of climate activists as book fairies in London
Activist Greta Thunberg has joined The Book Fairies today to share copies of The Climate Book along with a selection of climate change related reads.
Sharing books in a London park, Greta was joined by a group of fellow activists and book fairies. Tori Tsui, the author of recently published ‘It’s Not Just You’ shared copies of her book, and other books featured include Greta’s The Climate Book.
In the photos and videos shared on The Book Fairies’ social media, Greta and the group can be seen leaving copies on milestones, tree stumps and benches for lucky passers by to spot. The group with Greta and Tori included fellow activists Dominique Palmer, Daphne Frias, Ati Viviam Villafaña and Alice Aedy.
Of the book fairy activity, Greta Thunberg had this to say: “The climate crisis is a story that must be told everywhere. I truly enjoyed leaving copies of books I think everyone should read, available for anyone to pick up.”
Tori Tsui, climate activist and author who has recently released It’s Not Just You says “It’s such a rare and momentous occasion to be celebrating the books of my fellow comrades through the Book Fairies initiative. Climate books are some of the most underrepresented out there and never has it been more important to spread these messages far and wide.”
Dr. Mya-Rose Craig, whose book Birdgirl was shared as part of the activity said “It was fantastic for my memoir, Birdgirl, to have been shared by book fairies in places where people who might otherwise not be able to afford my book, they can get the chance to read it and learn about the many threads in it like mental illness, biodiversity loss and climate change.”
Books hidden by activists and book fairies today include The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg, It’s Not Just You by Tori Tsui, and Birdgirl by Dr. Mya-Rose Craig – and all three authors were part of the group hiding them.
This activity is part of a weekend of events to bring back together the New York Times panel from COP26 in Glasgow and will culminate in The Climate Conversation at The Southbank Centre on Sunday 30th July.
The books included in this activity:
- The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg
- It’s Not Just You by Tori Tsui
- Birdgirl by Dr. Mya-Rose Craig
- Who Cares Wins by Lily Cole
- This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
- The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres
- Climate Justice by Mary Robinson
- Feral by George Monbiot
- No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg
- How Did We Get Into This Mess? By George Monbiot
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
Well-known book fairies from previous activities include Emma Watson, HRH The Princess of Wales, Lily Cole, Bonnie Wright, Ben Miller, Rosie Jones and many more – you can see photographs and videos on social media under #BookFairyForADay.
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The Book Fairies is a worldwide organisation encouraging readers to release their books into the wild in random acts of kindness to strangers. Book fairies find great public places at which to leave treats, adorned with a book fairy sticker and sometimes wrapped in ribbon, anonymously sharing the joy of reading with the people who happen to find the books. The Book Fairies additionally work with publishers, film promoters, museums, galleries, restaurant chains and more, to bring some magic to events and book releases. Anyone can be a book fairy and can order stickers from the website.
About her book, Tori Tsui added: “Too often is eco-anxiety seen as a personal shortcoming, but to me it is clear who the main aggravators are. For instance, under the leadership of Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, the UK government is trying to open the Rosebank oil and gas field. It is not irrational to be eco-anxious in the midst of a planetary emergency when our own government continues to compromise our chances of a habitable future.”
Readers can use uk.Bookshop.org or ask your local bookshop to order any of the books from the list of those shared today.