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Table of contents :
Chapter 1 You
What do you wish for?
Feeling life’s ups and downs
Waves of emotion
The power of positive thinking
A mood board of me!
Agreeing to disagree
Chapter 2 Community
What is a community?
How to be a great friend
Celebrating heritage
One small step
Put a stop to bullying
Inspiring young people
Little community library
Get your voice heard
Chapter 3 Humanity
How to be an activist
Finding your cause
Poster power
Stand up for your rights
What is discrimination?
Turn it up!
My campaign
Raising money
Protests from the past
How to go on a protest march
Spotting fake news
Chapter 4 Environment
How to be an environmental activist
Animal activism
A meaty problem
Green living
Climate change
Green heroes
The plastic problem
Conservation success stories
Now it’s your turn
Find out more

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Written by Keilly Swift Illustrated by Rhys Jefferys

Can I really change

Earth We all know that the Earth needs our help, whether it’s protecting animals or preventing pollution. Learn how to defend the Earth in Chapter 4: Environment

the world? Every one of us has the ability to make a change. Yes, the world is a very big place, and we can’t control a lot of what happens in it. If you start small, it is possible that one Activists use day your changes could influence leaflets and posters to spread a lot of people. But for now, just their message. remember that whoever you are, wherever you’re at, there’s a way to make a change anity m u H that is the right size for you. for r more fairness Working fo e of the most everyone is on do. s a person can g in th g n zi a am y azing ac tivist b Become an am r 3: Humanit y reading Chapte

Society Society is made up of all the people living in the world. What our society is like is decided by how everyone chooses to behave. We each have a responsibility to make our society a kind, supportive, and safe place to be.


Marches are a powerful way to protest.

Conservation Animals need to be protected from threats such as habitat loss and climate change. Helping animals survive is called wildlife conservation.

Being an activist means using your voice.


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Your journey to making the world a better place starts at home, with your family. Teachers can help you with projects at school.

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Contents Chapte r1 You

r2 e t p a h C un Com m


28–29 What is a community? 30–31 How to be a great friend

10–11 What do you wish for?

32–33 Celebrating heritage

12–13 Self-care

34–35 One small step

14–15 Kindness

36–37 Volunteering

16–17 Feeling life’s ups and downs

38–39 Put a stop to bullying

18–19 Waves of emotion

40–41 Inspiring young people

20–21 The power of positive thinking

42–43 Little community library

22–23 A mood board of me!

44–45 Get your voice heard

24–25 Agreeing to disagree

Author Keilly Swift Illustrator Rhys Jefferys Educational consultant Jenny Lane-Smith Senior Editor Satu Hämeenaho-Fox Senior Art Editor Fiona Macdonald Project Art Editor Emma Hobson Editorial Assistant Katie Lawrence


Producer, Pre-Production Sophie Chatellier Producer John Casey Jacket Co-ordinator Issy Walsh Jacket Designer Elle Ward Senior Picture Researcher Sumedha Chopra Managing Editors Laura Gilbert, Jonathan Melmoth Managing Art Editor Diane Peyton Jones Senior DTP Designer Neeraj Bhatia Creative Director Helen Senior Publishing Director Sarah Larter First published in Great Britain in 2020 by Dorling Kindersley Limited 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Chapte r4

Chapter 3

En vi ro n

Hu m a n i ty

48–49 How to be an activist


72–73 How to be an

environmental activist

50–51 Finding your cause

74–75 Animal activism

52–53 Poster power

76–77 A meaty problem

54–55 Stand up for your rights

78–79 Green living

56–57 What is discrimination?

80–81 Climate change

58–59 Turn it up!

82–83 Green heroes

60–61 My campaign

84–85 The plastic problem

62–63 Raising money

86–87 Conservation success stories

64–65 Protests from the past

88–89 Now it’s your turn

66–67 How to go on a protest march

90–91 Find out more

68–69 Spotting fake news

92–93 Glossary 94–95 Index 96

Text copyright © Keilly Swift 2020 Copyright in the layouts and design of the Work shall be vested in the Publisher. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 001–316625–March/2020 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.


A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN: 978-0-2414-1220-6 Printed and bound in China A WORLD OF IDEAS: SEE ALL THERE IS TO KNOW


Young people are more engaged with important issues than ever before. Children are taking an interest in the world around them, and inspiring young activists are leading the way to a brighter future. This book gives you the tools you need to help make the changes you want to see in the world.

Keilly Swift


Feeling good, believing in yourself, and taking care of your mind and body are really important. Making a positive difference in the world starts by looking af ter yourself and those around you. This chapter looks at how the power to make a better world begins inside YOU!

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Relax your muscles from head to toe.

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Intense emotions can sometimes feel overwhelming.

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Powerful emotions can feel like waves crashing over you. They often come with physical sensations, such as a fluttery stomach or tight chest. Finding the right strategies can help you ride the waves.


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Believing you have the power to do something makes all the difference.

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You don’t have to end up agreeing. It’s hearing each other out and respecting another person’s opinion that leads to a kinder, more understanding world.

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Communities happen when people gather together. They can be built around the school you go to, the place you live, or something special you have in common with others. In this chapter, you’ll discover ways you can make the world better through amazing communities.

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A community is a group you belong to, from the wider community you live in to smaller groups that have things in common.

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The story of a place What’s the hidden history of where you live? Perhaps it has a surprising past, or is the site of an unsolved mystery. Your local librarian could help you find out.

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Every big movement started somewhere. A small step could inspire someone else to make a change. Who knows where that person will take your message?

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Volunteering A beach or park clean-up has huge benefits for you and your community. It’s an easy way to get dramatic results and it’s also a fun day out. See if there’s one going on near you, or ask an adult to help you organise one.


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Join a beach clean-up The problem of beach litter becomes easier to tackle when lots of volunteers come together at clean-up events. The difference it can make is staggering!

Good times Volunteering is a good way to get active, be outside, and make new friends. It is proven to make people feel happier.

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Create a circle of trust Bullying can make someone feel lonely, anxious, and sad. Offering friendship and listening to them can make all the difference.


Cyberbullying is when someone sends insults, makes threats, or bothers others online. It can be anonymous, which means you can’t tell who is sending the messages.



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Bullying affects many people and has a big impact on their mental health. It can feel impossible to escape from bullying, but it can be done if we work together.

Stand up to bullying It’s important not to ignore bullying, but you should never put yourself in danger. The most powerful thing you can do is to speak up and report it.

Verbal Bullying can be done with words, which can range from teasing and name-calling to making threats.

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Greta Thunberg Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has inspired school climate strikes across the world. She says having Asperger’s helps her to think differently.

Malala Yousafzai Malala is from Pakistan. She campaigns for education for all. She survived an attack by a gunman who was against girls going to school. She went on to become the youngest person to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.


Stop climate change

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Little libraries don’t have to look like school libraries. You can decorate them however you want.


Shake it off People might take a book and not put one back. Try not to worry – not everyone will understand your library project, but you’re doing something great.

Free books

Put a clear sign somewhere on your library so people know they are allowed to take the books.

Spark a change Little libraries show that someone in the neighbourhood is working to build a better community. It may even inspire people to make cool things themselves.

Put your library somewhere that people can easily find it. You want plenty of people to share the books.

You’re in charge People will enjoy using a well-cared-for library. Check for any leaks in the roof. If any books get damp and mouldy, recycle them and replace with new, fresh reading material.



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If you could go back in time, which period would you visit?


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If you could get everyone to make only ONE change for a better world, what would it be?

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What do you dream of being when you grow up?

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You’re passionate about animals of all kinds, from anteaters to zebras, which means you’d make a brilliant animal rights activist.

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What’s your favourite subject at school?

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What is your dream holiday?

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Stand up for your rights

In 1989, an international agreement set out the rights of every child in the world, no matter who they are or where they are born.

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Spotting it Discrimination can be obviously nasty behaviour, or a more subtle way of treating people differently.

Why does discrimination happen? People discriminate against others, sometimes without realising, to put them down and make themselves feel better. It can be a type of bullying.

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Stereotypes Stereotypes are broad, general ideas that a group of people are all the same. For example, “all teenagers are lazy”.

A prejudice is a negative, fixed idea about someone that’s not based on facts. An example of prejudice is thinking someone of a different race is inferior.


Lack of understanding When people aren’t encouraged to appreciate diversity, they might fear people who are different from themselves.

Without realising it, people make assumptions based on stereotypes. They might not want to trust a teenager with something important if they think they are all lazy.

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Some disabled people are prevented from participating equally. For example, a wheelchair user cannot use steps to access a building.

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Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi was a master of peaceful protests. In 1930 he went on a very long march across India, which attracted worldwide attention. Gandhi eventually helped India to gain independence from Britain.

You are the latest in a long line of amazing activists who have used the power of protest. Here are some smart ways to make a change from famous figures of the past.

Dream big

When it com es to making change, noth a ing is more im portant than imagina tion. Before yo u can make a real c hange, dream a bout how a better world could b e.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dr King was a powerful speech-maker. He used the magic of words to help people see how the world would be better without racist laws and attitudes.

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If you’re feeling worried Large crowds can be overwhelming. Being prepared will help you to stay calm and safe. Have a plan for what to do if you get separated.

Check the schedule and the planned route before the march. This is often published on a website or in the local press.

Tell your group if you need to stop for a break.

Carry contact numbers for everyone in your group.

Arrange exactly where you will meet at the start and end.



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”Fact-checking” means making sure a fact is true by consulting reliable sources, such as people who saw something happen. YouTubers aren’t under pressure to fact-check – they can say anything! YouTube can be amazing, but remember to make up your own mind about things.


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As they can’t speak up for themselves, animals need us to use our voices for them. We can help protect animals by making good choices.

Animal testing Make sure that the products you buy are cruelty-free. Testing beauty products on animals is illegal in many countries, but not everywhere.

Respect wildlife

Wild garden

You can create a sanctuary for wildlife no matter how small your space. Plant a mix of flowers and plants that will attrac t birds, butterflies, and bees.


Enjoy getting out into nature, but take care not to disrupt any creature s living there, including when you go on holiday.

Be the best pet owner

Protect habitats Oil palms, which produce palm oil, are grown on huge plantations. Rainforest is cleared to make space for them, leaving orangutans with nowhere to live. So, try to choose products without palm oil.

Before getting a pet, it’s important to research everything they will need. You need to be sure you can give your pet a happy, healthy life.

Eat organic

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Eat the rainbow Did you know that different-coloured plants provide us with different vitamins? Try eating as many colours as you can!

Veganism Vegans avoid food that comes from animals, including meat, milk, and eggs.



More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and that number is growing. Whether you live in a city, a smaller town, or somewhere more rural, it is vital to make sure that where you live is as eco-friendly and healthy as it can be.



A “green roof” that’s covered in plants improves air quality and is a haven for wildlife.

From the top down Some tall buildings house bees on the roof!

Well-designed, green buildings and neighbourhoods are proven to make people happier.

Bird boxes and feeders help birds to survive. Their songs bring nature into the city.

Solar panels provide renewable, pollution-free energy for homes.


Providing safe cycling lanes means more people will choose to travel by bike.

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Restricting the use of polluting vehicles makes the air cleaner. Breathing in good quality air is great for our health.

Pet owners are more likely to talk to their neighbours. Chatting to other people builds a community.

Energy-saving street lights switch on only when someone is passing.

Green buildings have lots of natural light. They are also energy-efficient, staying cool in summer and warm in winter.

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Trees produce oxygen, absorb pollution, shelter wildlife, and look beautiful.

Clean air makes it much nicer to get outside for some healthy exercise.

Flower and herb boxes brighten up grey urban streets.


Airplanes pump out around 2 per cent of global CO2 as they carry people and goods around the globe.

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Walking shorter journeys instead of driving is an eco-friendly choice.

The temperature of our beautiful planet is rising to dangerous levels. We know that human activity is causing this. So, what can we do?


Foods grown in your home country have the lowest carbon footprint.

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“The more clearly we can focus our at tention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruc tion.”

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Environmental activists raise awareness of the importance of protecting our planet. Just one person can make a big difference!

Chico Mendez Chico Mendez was a brave community organiser. He led a group of rubber plantation workers who joined together to protect the Brazilian rainfores t from defores tation.

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Giant panda A crackdown on poaching (illegal hunting) and the creation of panda reserves in China have helped save the giant panda from extinction.

Tamarin Since conservation efforts began in the 1980s, golden lion tamarin numbers have increased from just 200 to more than 1,000.

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Kestrel The Mauritius kestrel lives only on the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. It became one of Earth’s rarest birds, but the species has now bounced back.

A huge campaign by members of the public led to a ban on hunting whales being introduced in most countries in 1986.

Parakeet The echo parakeet also lives only on Mauritius. At one point only 10–12 birds remained, but now there are over 500. Humpback whale Known for their complex songs, humpback whales were once nearly wiped out, with only 10,000 animals remaining. There are now 80,000.

How are people helping? Park rangers

Tortoise Nearly 2,000 rare giant Galapagos tortoises have been bred and released back into the wild.

Rangers working in nature reserves risk their lives to protect endangered species from poachers, who want to sell animal products such as ivory.

Indigenous people People with a strong connection to their land, such as the Sami reindeer herders of Lapland, help protect animal life. The Sami oppose mining that threatens important grazing land.


As you start on your journey to making the world a better place, don’t be afraid to fail. The important thing is to keep striving to make a difference. You are part of a generation with the power to change things. Your voice counts and the future is yours to shape.

Find out more So, how can you get involved? Here’s a list of organisations, websites, and campaigns to give you more information and ideas. Childnet

Friends of the Earth

Provides advice and information about how children can stay safe online.

Cosmic Kids

A group of charities from all over the world, who work together to defend the environment and educate people about important environmental issues.

Teaches children how to remain calm and relaxed through yoga and mindfulness videos.

Friends of the Elderly

Do Something! Foodwise A campaign that teaches people about how the food they eat affects the environment, and gives tips on how they can reduce food waste.

The Fairtrade Foundation An organisation that works to make sure the farmers and workers who produce our food get paid fairly.

Fareshare A food waste charity that takes leftover food from businesses and distributes it to charities or people that need it.

Freecycle Encourages people to give away items they no longer need but that are too good to throw away, so they don’t end up in landfill sites.


Provides support for older people, particularly those affected by loneliness, by arranging regular visits from volunteers.

Greenpeace An organisation that works to make the world a greener and more peaceful place.

Keep America Beautiful A non-profit organisation that encourages communities to take action to improve their public spaces.

Kids Against Bullying A website that allows kids to share experiences about bullying, and learn about the topic in an interesting and interactive way.


Tree Aid

Provides children and adults with advice about how to deal with and prevent bullying.

A charity that plants trees in Africa. It aims to improve the environment and teach the local people skills that will enable them to continue to protect and grow trees in the future.

Mind Supports people with mental health problems. Mind also campaigns to improve services and promote understanding about mental health.

Mindmate A website about young people’s mental health. It helps children to understand how they are feeling and allows them to find support.

Nourish Interactive A website with games, tools and tips on how to live and eat healthily.

Save the Children An organisation that works towards making the world a better and safer place for children. It focuses on ensuring that kids have an education and healthcare.

School Strike for Climate A movement of students, started by Greta Thunberg, who protest for action on climate change by refusing to go to school.

Sierra Club An environmental organisation that works to protect wild places and public land in the USA from deforestation and pollution.

Unicef Provides vulnerable children around the world with the education, healthcare, and protection they need and deserve.

United We Dream An immigrant youth-led community that creates welcoming spaces for all young people.

Vegetarian Society Inspires, educates, and supports people on how to be vegetarian. Provides a range of vegetarian recipes and advice to new vegetarians.

World Wildlife Fund A charity that works to protect animals and their homes from pollution, deforestation, and danger, such as poaching.

YoungMinds An organisation that fights to make sure that children and young people with mental health problems are cared for and supported.


Glossary activism


Speaking out or acting on something you do not agree with in order for it to change

Protecting environments and plant and animal life



Person from whom someone is descended

Beliefs and way of life of a group of people, including their art, clothes, music, and food




To stop people from being allowed to do something

Cutting down trees and destroying forests

Area in which plants, animals, and people live




Behaviour intended to hurt someone physically or emotionally. It may be aimed at a person due to their race, religion, background, disability, or other difference

Treating a group of people unfairly because of their characteristics or beliefs, for example their race or religion

When a species or type of animal or plant dies out completely


Carrying out a series of actions in order to achieve a goal

charity Organisation that collects money and uses it to help people

climate change Change in temperature and weather across the Earth that can be natural or caused by human activity

donate To give something, usually money

eco-friendly Something that does not harm the environment

equality Same rights for everyone

endangered Rare animal or plant that could soon become extinct

energy-efficient Something that only uses the amount of energy needed, without waste


fossil fuels Fuels made from animals or plants that died millions of years ago – for example, coal. There are limited amounts of fossil fuels, and burning them harms the environment

global warming When average temperatures rise all around the world

greenhouse gases Gases in the Earth’s atmosphere that trap heat and warm the planet

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Right that every person has

Group of people who originate in the same part of the world and share physical characteristics

Plastic that can only be used once before having to be thrown away

justice Fair behaviour or treatment

mindfulness Being aware of yourself in body and mind

movement Group of people who work together to change something and share their ideas

organisation Group of people who work to achieve a common goal

petition Document that lots of people can sign, asking an authority to do something about a particular cause

racism Behaving negatively towards other people because of their race

species Group of plants or animals that share similar features


To use something again or make it into something new

Broad, general idea that a group of people are all the same. For example, “all teenagers are lazy”




Area that protects wild animals from hunters, or that limits hunting by law

rights Freedoms that people are guaranteed by law, for example freedom of speech

When people protest by refusing to do something

tradition Something that has been done in the same way for a long time

pollution Something that harms the environment, for example by getting into the air, water, or soil

prejudice Having unfair, usually bad opinions about people, without good reason

protest Showing that you disagree with something by speaking out or fighting for it to change


Index Aa

activists 48–49, 72–75, 82–83 affirmations 20–21 age discrimination 56, 57 agreement 24–25 air, clean 79 air conditioning 80 airplanes 80 Alizadeh, Sonita 58 anger 16, 25 animal activism 74–75, 82 animal conservation 61, 84, 86–87 animal rights 51 animal testing 74 animals 22, 76–77, 78, 79, 82 art 18, 22 assumptions 57 atmosphere 81 Attenborough, Sir David 82


Baez, Joan 58 Bailer, Schuyler 41 banners 52–53 beach clean-ups 37 books 42–43 breathing techniques 18 Brown, Millie Bobby 41 buildings, eco-friendly 78–79 bullying 38–9, 56 Bye Bye Plastic Bags campaign 85



calmness 25 campaign materials 52–53 campaigns 48–49, 60–61, 72–73 carbon dioxide 80, 81 carbon footprint 80, 81 Carlos, John 65 Carson, Rachel 82 cattle 76–77 causes 50–51, 62–63 celebrations 32, 33 change, fighting for 34–35 channelling emotions 18–19 charities 62–63 child rights 54–55 Christou, Nikki 41 civil rights 49, 58, 59, 65 climate change 80–81 climate strike 35, 40 community 3, 28–29, 79 community activists 51 conservation 82, 84, 86–7 Cooke, Sam 59 cows 76–77 crops 83 culture 29, 32 cyberbullying 38


dairy products 76, 77 deforestation 75, 76, 83 Dias, Marley 61 diet, healthy 12 difference, response to 29, 30, 41, 57

disability 56 disagreements 24–25 discrimination 56–57 donations 63 doubts 20


Earth 2, 11, 70–87 Earth Day 82 eco-friendly living 72, 78–79, 80 education 40, 54 eggs 75, 77 embarrassment 17 emissions 79, 80 emotions 16–19 empowerment 83 energy 77 energy efficiency 79 energy saving 80 environment 2, 70–87 environmental activists 51, 72–73, 82–83 equality 10, 56, 59 excitement 16 exercise 13, 79 extinction 86


fake news 68–69 family history 33 farming 76–77, 83 feelings 16–19 flyers 52, 53 fossil fuels 81 freedom of speech 11 Freeman, Cathy 65 friendships 29, 30–31, 38, 55 fundraising 62–63


Gandhi, Mahatma 64 gender 56 global warming 81 goals 20–21, 60 Green Belt Movement 83 green living 78–79 greenhouse gases 76, 77, 81 groups 28–29, 48 gun violence 35


habitats 75, 86 happiness 16 headlines 69 health 12–13 heating 80 helping 31 heritage 32–33 Hill, Julia Butterfly 83 history 32–33 home-grown food 81 human rights 45, 51, 59 Human Rights Day 40 humpback whales 87 hunting 86, 87

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inclusion 30 independence movements 64 indigenous people 87 information 48, 55, 68 insults 25 interruptions 24 journalism 68

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Kaepernick, Colin 65 kindness 11, 14–15 King, Martin Luther Jr. 65 Lady Gaga 59 Lamar, Kendrick 58 lentils 77 libraries, little community 42–43 lights, energy-saving 79 Lincoln, Abraham 45 listening 24, 31 litter-picking 28, 36 logging 83


Maathai, Wangari 83 Mandela, Nelson 45 marches 66–67 marine life 84 Marley, Bob 59 Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl 73 meat 75, 76–77 Mendez, Chico 83 methane 76 mindfulness 12 money, raising 62–63 mood boards 22–23 Mother Teresa 21 movements 34–35, 73 music 19, 33, 58–59

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natural light 79 nature reserves 87 Nobel Peace Prize 40 Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria 34 oceans 11, 84–85 Olympic Games 65 opinions 49, 55 organic food 75, 83 oxygen 79


palm oil 75 Pankhurst, Emmeline 64 parakeets 87 park rangers 87 Parks, Rosa 49 paying it forward 15 peace 10 peaceful protests 64–65 pets 22, 75, 79 physical bullying 38 physical difference 41, 56 plants 78 plastic pollution 11, 36, 84–85 points of view 24–25 politicians 34 pollution 11, 36, 79, 84–85, 86 positive thinking 20–21 posters 52–53 prejudice 57 pride 17 privacy 54 protest marches 64, 66–67 protest songs 58, 59 public speaking 44–45


racial discrimination 56, 57, 59, 65 rainforests 75, 76, 83 recycling 63, 81, 85 religion 29, 32, 56 research 60 resources 83 respect 25, 30, 74 reusing 81 Rights of the Child Treaty 54–55 Roosevelt, Eleanor 45 rubber plantations 83


sadness 17 safety 54 Sami 87 school protests 35 self-care 3, 12–13 self-esteem 20 sexual orientation 56 Shiva, Vandana 83 showers 80 Simone, Nina 59 sleep 13 slogans 52 Smith, Tommie 65 social bullying 39 social justice 58 social media 35 society 2 solar panels 78 speech, freedom of 11 speeches 44–45 sponsored events 63 sports protests 65 stereotypes 57 street lights 79 Suffragettes 64 support 31 support groups 29 surprise 16

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UN Youth Assembly 40 UNICEF 41 veganism 76, 77 vegetables 77, 81 vegetarianism 76 verbal bullying 39 vitamins 77 volunteering 36–37, 72


walking 80 waste reduction 81, 84–85 websites, reliable 68–69 Wijsen, Melati and Isabel 85 wild gardens 74 window boxes 79 Women’s March 2017 34 women’s rights 64 writing 18


young carers 29 Yousafzai, Malala 40 YouTube 69


talents 48 talking 19 testing, animal 74 themed events 63 Thunberg, Greta 35, 40 traditions 32 transgender people 41 tree-planting 72, 83 trees 7 trust 19, 38


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