Good Books, Greta Thunberg and Other Bright Stories For When The World Seems Dark

By Bethany Ivie

September 20, 2019

Good Books, Greta Thunberg and Other Bright Stories For When The World Seems Dark

In This Article

  • In rural Rwanda, a new way of thinking has men stepping up to do their part in their homes and their relationships.
  • Want a fresh perspective on the immigration issue? Check out what we've been reading lately.
  • Learn the most important thing you can do for the planet according to 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
  • In Igunga, Tanzania, people of all ages are doing their part to revitalize an environment deeply effected by climate change.

In Tanzania, People of All Ages Are Fighting Climate Change

In Igunga, one of Tanzania's driest districts, citizens aren't content to let rising temperatures chase them from their homes and destroy their livelihoods. Men, women, and children are banding together and fighting to keep climate change at bay and to revitalize the environment. Read about how communities are harvesting rainwater and rehabilitating ponds, students are planting trees and couples are supporting their families while caring for the Earth. 

What We’re Reading Now: Immigration Edition

In a time of polarizing issues, one of the topics hot on everyone’s mind is immigration. If you’re looking for guidance on how to navigate this complex topic: the 10 books listed here, a mix of fiction and non-fiction, explore the migrant experience in different parts of the world and from multiple points of view. 

Sexism is Out in Rwanda

“Who cares for your farm?” … “Who cleans your house?” …  “Who cooks your food?”…”Who raises your children?”  It is questions like these that are leading men in Rwanda towards a change in perspective about the women in their lives. See how couples are working together in Rwanda’s Nyamasheke district to tackle sexist thinking and to give women a place at the table

The Young Activist Inspiring Us to Do More to Help the Earth  

Greta Thunberg explains what we're up against and how we can save the planet in this video from Conservation International. 

When it comes to fighting climate change, 16-year old environmental activist Greta Thunberg has made it clear that she’s not afraid to take drastic measures. Fresh off of a two-week, zero-emissions boat journey from her native Sweden across the Atlantic ocean, Thunberg has attended congressional hearings (and submitted an iconic testimony), met with President Barak Obama and given several interviews before going on to be the face of this week's global climate strike. During her appearance on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, she laid out the two most important things she felt we can all do to help save the world:

  • Get active politically
  • Educate yourself

We know the second is far easier to control. To help kids make sense of things, try this list of 25 children's books that teach kids how to care for the environment. 

For the adults, it’s hard to know if the steps you’re taking to help the planet are adding up to much. Business Insider’s got a great list to help you figure out what you're doing that's working and what you should probably cut out.