Girls Who Green: Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save Our Planet

Delacorte. Apr. 2022. 336p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593428054.
Gr 6 Up–For teens who have ever wondered what a sustainability director does or what a circular system is, this book has the answers. Reducing carbon and repurposing waste is the name of the game. Biochemists are developing enzymes that eat plastic in months rather than centuries, and lawyers have left the field to practice direct political action. Readers will become aware of their own consumption of fast fashion, single-use plastics, fossil fuels, perfumes, dyestuffs, and more; they will learn how companies like Renewal Workshop create profits by upcycling new but “damaged” manufactured goods; and they will meet the minds behind these innovative ideas whose start-ups fight climate change on a systematic level and make sustainability a reality. Readers will be energized by these diverse women who are actively problem-solving the greatest challenges of climate change while making money. Each profile includes a full-color illustrated, personable portrait, a fun-fact survey, each entrepreneur’s life story, and the genesis of the seed idea to its funding and development into a green business. Sprinkled throughout are highlighted sections, such as how to write a persuasive op-ed, resource lists (e.g., a list of incubators and accelerators), and the top 10 must-watch documentaries.
VERDICT The usefulness and timeliness of this book cannot be overstated. Committed young activists and entrepreneurs will grab this fascinating read like a lifeline.

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