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Challenge Everything

Written by Blue Sandford

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This rousing Extinction Rebellion Youth manifesto will inspire and inform aspiring world-changers

August 2020 Book of the Month

“Don’t take things for granted – challenge everything. That means challenging big business and your governments and, most of all, challenging yourself to act now and save the planet,” so writes activist author Blue Sandford, the seventeen-year-old founding member of Extinction Rebellion Youth London, in her inspiring call-to-action introduction to Challenge Everything.


The only official handbook from Extinction Rebellion, this youth-driven, youth-oriented manifesto speaks loud and clear to the legions of young people who feel disenchanted with world leaders, and angry at the greed of big business dictating the downward direction of the world, all enhanced by strikingly designed slogans and illustrations.


At the book’s heart is the powerful message that, “you are responsible for your own actions.” For example, “every time you take an uber, go on holiday on a plane, buy new trainers, even turn on the lights and heating, you’re contributing to climate and ecological collapse, you’re indirectly destroying rainforests and wildernesses.” This is typical of the book’s punch-packing perspective. Above all else, the author seeks to empower her readers with a change of mindset, one that challenges all aspects of the status quo, with the ultimate aim of saving the planet.


Covering everything from the destructive effects of flying and the fast fashion industry, to the importance of re-wilding and reconnecting with nature, this potently persuasive manifesto also has a powerful practical emphasis, with details on the forms challenges might take, such as boycotting, non-violent direct action, campaigning and government lobbying. 


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Joanne Owen

Challenge Everything Synopsis

The main concern of young people is climate change and how to combat it. This is the only official handbook from Extinction Rebellion Youth and will help you to change your life and change the world for the better. Written by activist and founder member of Extinction Rebellion Youth London, this is no greenwashing book - it's an important call to action.

A manifesto for how young people can help to save the planet by questioning everything about modern life and acting upon their conclusions. This book will ask you to challenge everything - challenge government (protest and take peaceful action where necessary), challenge business (decide who you want to support, decide who you want to boycott), and above all to challenge yourself - how can you change your life to make a difference. Filled with stories, essays, slogans and inspiring illustrations, this book will cover consuming, actioning, boycotting, campaigning, striking, questioning, rewilding and reconnecting with our planet.

Challenge Everything Press Reviews

'Inspirational' -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

'[A] passionate call to action' - The Bookseller

'Uncompromising, impassioned and, above all, practical, Challenge Everything is a handbook for green living and environmental protest from Extinction Rebellion Youth. From peaceful protest to business boycotts and fundamental lifestyle changes, this is an essential guide to tackling climate change and changing the world forever.' - Waterstones, 'Best Children's Books to Look Out for in August'

'A call to action for budding climate activists.' - Book Murmuration

'Ideal for inspiring eco-aware teens to ask questions and take action responsibly ... Blue Sandford's startling book shows us a different way.' - The School Reading List

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781843654643
Publication date: 01/08/2020
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843654643
Publication date: 1st August 2020
Author: Blue Sandford
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Politics & Law, Reference Books
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: Summer Reading 2020, Home Schooling - Useful Links, Resources & Books,

About Blue Sandford

Blue Sandford was born in 2002. She lives in London with her family and six cats. A Hebridean childhood without cars, electricity or hot water has inspired an ambition to reconnect with nature and campaign for a better world. She is the co-ordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth London, where she has played a crucial part in organising and participating in actions.

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