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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008561X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085618
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you ever thought about wanting to change the world, but didn’t know where to start, then buy this book. It’s an inspiring and practical guide for young people who want to take the first steps toward finding real solutions for the planet.”
--Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club
 
“Organizers spend decades developing tools and learning systems that Sharon Smith puts at the fingertips of young activists within a weekend.”
--Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green for All
 
“I love this book. There’s no time to wait—the world needs you now. Take these strategies and make them your own.”
--Adam Werbach, chief sustainability officer, Saatchi & Saatchi
 
“Every day I get hundreds of emails from Story of Stuff viewers, asking what they can do to make a difference in the world. Now I can simply tell them one thing: Read The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement + Changing the World. Really, everyone should read this book.”
--Annie Leonard, director, The Story of Stuff Project
 
“The Brower Youth Awards honor some of the best activists in America. Not just the best young activists—but the best activists, period. They have a lot to teach us in this book!”
--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and founder, 350.org

About the Author

Sharon J. Smith is an organizer and trainer in the environmental, global justice, peace, and human rights movements, and program advisor for Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards. She has worked with student networks to achieve landmark environmental victories in the logging and finance sectors and has trained thousands of youth in advocacy for social change. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


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Sharon J. Smith is an organizer and trainer active in social change movements for global justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability. She worked with student networks to achieve landmark environmental victories in the logging and finance sectors and has trained thousands of youth in advocacy for social change. As Program Advisor for the Brower Youth Awards at Earth Island Institute, Sharon supported hundreds of emerging environmental activists annually and co-produced Emmy award-winning films shown on The Sundance Channel and PBS.

She is currently at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and completed her undergraduate studies in Conservation and Resource Studies and Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Over the past decade, she has traveled to fourteen countries on three continents, often working with local communities to advance environmental movements. A California native, she currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Haaheim on March 15, 2011
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Smith's writing is readable and enjoyable, and she lays out one of the best, most straightforward how-tos to date for activists and organizers who want to make a difference on environmental issues in the current political and environmental climate (ha - no pun intended). This is a must read for young organizers, though I think just about anyone who is getting into environmental work will find this helpful and informative. One of my favorite parts of the book is the mighty collection of well-researched examples Smith relies on -- all young organizers from across the spectrum, many of whom now prominent figures in the modern environmental scene. Highly recommended.
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By A.F. on May 1, 2013
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I've had formal training in activism, but this book is still so helpful to me and I turn to it all the time. Inside you'll find inspiring stories and absolutely great tips and strategic plans. If you want to get something done in your community or on your campus, check this out!
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This is not just a Young Activist's Guide! This book was like a life coach. As a program manager for an environmental non-profit, this book helped me prioritize and form strategies in my work and world. It allowed me time to think and perchance to dream! What can I take on? Who are my allies? Where do I start? All questions Smith helped me frame and answer.

I really enjoyed the part about how to deal with the media and how to "bridge" your messaging so you are not stuck with the one word answers or get overshadowed by a reporter or a panel of guests who are looking for that shock value moment for ratings. No Howard Dean primal screams for this guy, nor quirky Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich interviews. Thanks coach, I will stay on message and bring it back for the cause!

The author laid out helpful tips and sprinkled in inspiring stories. I highly recommend this book for everyone, not only a Young Activist, but also ANYONE who wants to start almost any long term meaningful project. Bring it home and then share it with someone who'll use it as a playbook for real change.
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A great book for young people who want to learn how to make a difference in the world and create positive change!
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