United We Are Unstoppable: Akshat Rathi edits collection of inspiring stories from young climate activists
Exeter College alumnus Akshat Rathi (2008, Organic Chemistry) has brought together a collection of inspiring stories from 60 young people working to combat climate change. United We Are Unstoppable is a compilation of true stories spanning 41 countries and all seven continents.
Greta Thunberg is the most well known of young climate activists and the spark that ignited a global movement to fight climate change: Skolstrejk för Klimatet (School Strike for Climate). In just over a year, more than 1.4 million people from 128 countries had joined the young protesters on the streets to make their message heard loud and clear: act now before it’s too late.
Examples of that action in United We Are Unstoppable include Aditya Mukarji, aged 16, who stopped 26 million straws from polluting the oceans; Cecilia La Rose, 15, who filed a lawsuit against the Canadian federal government for contributing to global warming; and Kaze Delphin, 19, who founded a company that produces eco-charcoal from organic waste in Burundi.
The stories are devastating, defiant, inspiring and moving – but, above all, they are full of hope. The climate crisis can feel overwhelming but, as this book shows, for every problem there are young voices raising awareness, creating solutions and demanding that things change. This book demonstrates that it’s not too late to save the world. United, we really are unstoppable.
Akshat Rathi is a London-based journalist for Bloomberg News, reporting on climate change. Previously, he was a senior reporter at Quartz and a science editor at The Conversation. In 2018 he was named Journalist of the Year at the Drum’s Online Media Awards.