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Sunday 26 June 2022

Brighton Student Catalogues Young Voices On The Front Line Of The Climate Crisis

Brighton student Bella Lack spent a year speaking with the diverse young people on the frontlines of the climate crisis around the world. 

Her debut book The Children of the Anthropocene is the product of those conversations, chronicling the lives and amplifying the voices of those living at the heart of the emergency. 

Transporting us from Ecuador's Choco Rainforest and the Himalayan Mountains to the windswept plains and vibrant vistas of life in Altiplano, Bella speaks to young activists from around the world including Dara McAnulty, Afroz Shah and Artemisa Xakriabá, bringing the crisis vividly to life. 

Each chapter ends with a Manifesto For Change: Bella's thoughts on small ways that we can all do our bit to combat climate change and transform the way we think about our planet in crisis. 

Bella said: 

"Younger generations are growing up in a world which has been fundamentally altered at the hands of humans. 

"This book will be a testament to the stories of those youth on the frontline of the environmental crisis. 

"The reader of this book is also a writer of the future of humanity, and I hope the stories contained within will inspire them to fulfil that role."

Bella is a passionate conservationist and environmental activist. She is an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, STAE, RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Institute. 

Alongside finishing up her A Level studies, Bella has spoken at Chris Packham's The People's Walk for Wildlife, the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference and delivered a TEDx talk in Brighton. 

Since 2019, she has been working on a feature-length documentary with Jane Goodall, as well as making a short documentary for BBC Three and helping to create The People's Manifesto for Wildlife.

Caroline Lucas, former leader of The Green Party, said: 

'From the Amazon rainforests to the beaches of Mumbai, the city streets of the US and the farms of Europe, Bella Lack hears from young people at the sharp end of the environmental crisis who are challenging the economic and political system that has led us to where we are now, with a deeply damaged world and facing a climate and ecological catastrophe. 

"This book is so much more than a record of what's gone wrong, it's an inspirational manifesto for change. As a passionate campaigner herself, Bella is the perfect guide.'

Bella Lack's book 'The Children of the Anthropocene: Stories from the Young People at the Heart of the Climate Crisis' is available to pre-order here.

by: Mike Cobley


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