Book Review: No Planet B

No Planet B is an anthology of Teen Vogue articles centering climate. All are written by youth in the years 2016-19, with some additions by the editor, Lucy Diavolo, mid-COVID. They cover a wide array of topics in three main sections: reporting, activism, and intersectionality. 

Although slightly outdated at this point, even though it was only published this year, No Planet B is an important and accessible way to understand the climate movement. You get a snapshot of some of the activists, and it helps you understand the intersections of climate breakdown and race, class, and gender. Each article was focused and well-written. At times, different articles seemed to repeat information covered in others, but if the book is read over a period of time, the review could be helpful. 

Because these articles are pieces of journalism, there are many interesting interviews with a variety of people. We have well-known activists like Greta Thunberg, activists who you may not have heard of, people who are directly facing the effects of climate change on the ground, and even politicians. It feels well-rounded. 

If you’re looking for a book that covers a lot of ground in a few words, this book is probably for you. I recommend No Planet B to young people getting started on their activism journeys, and people who want to learn about the climate crisis but don’t want to wade through academic texts. It’s a solid read, but not particularly groundbreaking. Although I do always love a good, pink book. 

About Tri Sanger

Tri Sanger (they/them) is XRPDX's Youth Outreach Coordinator and a contributor to the XRPDX newsletter and Instagram account.


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