Edited by Grace Maddrell

An International Youth Manifesto for Climate Justice

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The Activists

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In Tomorrow Is Too Late, Grace Maddrell collects testimonies of activism and hope from young climate strikers, from Brazil and Burundi to Pakistan and Palestine. These youth activists are experiencing the reality of the climate crisis, including typhoons, drought, flood, fire, crop failure and ecological degradation, and are all engaged in the struggle to bring these issues to the centre of the world stage.

Their strength and determination show the urgency of their cause, and their understanding that the generations above them have failed to safeguard their environment. With contributors aged between eight and twenty-five, this is an inspiring collection of essays from the most vital generation of voices in the global struggle for climate justice, and offers a manifesto for how you can engage, educate, and inspire change for a more hopeful future.

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An Introduction by Grace

Voices from Africa

Voices from Asia

Voices from Europe

Voices from North America

Voices from South America

‘If you are ready to be humbled by the wisdom, wit and sheer conviction of youth climate activists, dive right into this book.’

Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics

‘Being part of this project means telling my story and my demands from the leaders. Every activist has a story to tell, every story has a solution to give and every solution has a life to change.’

Vanessa Nakate, author of A Bigger Picture

‘Grace has eloquently gathered the global anxiety of a generation of young, determined change makers. Armed with science, their intention is a noble one: to make global governments and corporations act now.’

Susie Hewson, founder of Natracare

‘What really comes through in this book is the urgency. This is not an issue for tomorrow, it is now. Right now. And Grace, at only fifteen, is one of the many young people who are really scared about their future, our future and the future for the planet. We must not go on ignoring them.’

Julia Hailes MBE, sustainability pioneer

‘These are the voices we need to listen to.’

Cathy Runciman, co-founder of Atlas of the Future

The Editor: Grace Maddrell

Grace Maddrell first went on school strike for the climate at the age of thirteen and has since become a passionate activist for equality and climate justice. Grace was first inspired to tweet asking for contributions to what became Tomorrow Is Too Late in November 2019, two months after marching in the September global climate justice strike. 

Grace has worked with various activist groups, including Fridays for Future and the #SaveCongoRainforest, and helped co-found Solo But Not Alone, a social media solo striker support group. Grace is home-schooled and lived in Somerset in southwest England at the time of compiling Tomorrow Is Too Late.


On Eco-Activism & Solastalgia

Grace Maddrell

I’m sure many of us know what it’s like waking up and feeling as if there’s a weight on your chest, for no apparent reason at all; of fighting for something to look forward to because the present circumstances are just so very bleak… what we’re talking about here is those global issues and crises that impact our mental well-being often more than even we know. More particularly, about a single, overwhelming global issue: The climate crisis.

Grace Maddrell first went on school strike for the climate at the age of thirteen, and has since become a passionate activist for equality and climate justice. In On Eco-Activism & Solastalgia she asks, what is the impact of the climate crisis on mental well-being and what is the cost of activism and advocacy against the climate crisis on our mental health?


The Conversation#tomorrowistoolate

“We deserve to be heard and listened to. We deserve a say in our future… We are not going to sit by and let this happen. We are acting.”


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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

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