How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times, bestselling author. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center, and is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University.

Her 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.


Hurricanes. Melting ice. Fires in the Amazon, Australia and California. Natural disasters are now an everyday part of life. When they occur, some see disaster as an opportunity to make the rich richer. But what if we saw it as a chance to build a better future?

As the impacts of climate change get worse and worse, change for the better means much more than trying to keep temperatures down. It means rebuilding society to not just stop climate change, but to achieve climate justice. It means changing the way we live so we heal the planet and secure a fair and livable future for all people, with no one and no community left behind.

Full of empowering stories of youth all over the world who are already taking action for climate justice, young readers will find inspiration to make their own voices heard to protect the natural world that is their inheritance. This information-packed book offers young readers a comprehensive look at the state of the climate today and how we got here — and how they can help shape what happens next.

HOW TO CHANGE EVERYTHING will help young readers:

  • Understand climate change is not just the heat
  • Recognize and resist climate injustice
  • Distinguish between climate change and climate disruption
  • Discover young activists like them and how they too can be an activist for climate justice
  • Realize how the Coronavirus Pandemic is an opportunity to look toward change and the future

How to Change Everything includes additional reading and resources including “A Natural Solution to the Climate Disaster” (Public Letter of April 2019), and a bibliography.