A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (Hardback)
  • A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (Hardback)

A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 28/10/2021
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Providing a vital perspective on the climate crisis, Nakate’s powerful book combines personal experience of the devastating effects of global warming on the African continent with an incisive manifesto for change.

We are on the front line but we are not on the front page.

When it comes to speaking or writing about climate change, voices and stories of people of colour and from the Global South are often omitted, even though these communities often contribute the least to the problem and suffer its consequences the most. Vanessa shows that without addressing this important gap, without highlighting the real and immediate danger communities like hers and so many others face, we have no hope of making progress in the race to save our planet.

Vanessa is an exceptional young person who has seen the effects of climate change play out first hand. As a shy girl growing up in Kampala, she began to notice that the huge climate problems the African continent was facing were being completely ignored on the global stage; problems like the destruction of the Congo rainforest, sharply rising temperatures and subsequent droughts which leave the agricultural sector incredibly vulnerable.

Witnessing this suffering caused by global warming propelled Vanessa into action and despite risks to her personal safety she became the first climate striker in Uganda at just twenty-one years old. In A Bigger Picture she traces the links between climate crisis and anti-racism, feminism, education, economics and even extremist radicalization, as well as telling the inspiring personal story of how she found her voice and shows readers that no matter your age, location or skin colour, you can be an effective activist.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529075687
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 29 mm


In this moment of intersecting crises, Vanessa Nakate continues to teach a most critical lesson. She reminds us that while we may all be in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. - Greta Thunberg

Vanessa Nakate is a powerful global voice. A strong spirit who will clearly not give up and only grow in strength. - Angelina Jolie

Through Vanessa Nakate's eyes, A Bigger Picture shows us the threat of climate change to people in East Africa and the relentless courage of one activist fighting to be heard. Vanessa is more than an inspiration – she's an indispensable voice for our future - Malala Yousafzai

Vanessa Nakate's message couldn't be more urgent or her voice more desperately needed. At once intimate and sweeping, A Bigger Picture is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future. - Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a White Sky and The Sixth Extinction

Africa is suffering today from a crisis it did not cause, and yet African perspectives have been sidelined in the climate conversation. Leading a new generation of activists, Vanessa Nakate is setting that right. Writing with conviction and courage, she is a vital new voice for climate justice. - Jeremy Williams, author of Climate Change is Racist

Vanessa's story, her voice and fearless spirit are an inspiration to all of us. This book is a vital reminder that the costs of climate change have been transforming negatively the lives of those who have had the least part in causing the problem. Without racial justice and equality, climate justice can never be a reality. - Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and author of Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

This is a wonderful story, wonderfully told! Vanessa Nakate is a crucial climate leader, reminding us of one of the iron laws of global warming: the less you did to cause it, the sooner and harder you get hit. Thank heaven her voice will echo far and wide, and down through the years. - Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Enthusiasm, commitment and energy jump out from every page of A Bigger Picture. After presenting the emergency climate problems facing Africa and the rest of the world Vanessa goes on to signpost the reader with solutions – an inspiring read! - Nancy Birtwhistle, author of Clean & Green and Green Living Made Easy

Vanessa’s deeply personal and thought provoking account of her experience in the climate movement, specifically in the global south reminds us that at the center of this crisis is our shared humanity. - Bonnie Wright, actress, activist and author of Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself and the Planet

Vital, urgent, eye-opening. This is one of the most important and empowering books ever written about the climate change emergency. A must-read for all of us, no matter where we’re from. - Dr Ali Foxon, author of The Green Sketching Handbook

Deeply personal and powerful, A Bigger Picture offers a fresh perspective from the frontlines of climate change. - Wordery

The bold young female voice leading Africa's climate fight. - African Business

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“A must read”

I was introduced to Vanessa Nakate last year, as she entered the world stage as the activist who was cropped from the photo at the World Economic Forum at Davos, whilst her white peers were celebrated. She was the... More

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I worried this book would be a slog to get through just because of the heavy topic, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I’m so inspired by the person that Vanessa is despite every adversity faced. She is stronger... More

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“A vital voice in the climate justice movement.”

After discovering she’d been cropped out of a group photo of climate activists, in which she was the only person of colour, Vanessa Nakate shares the story of her journey into activism.

Combating society's... More

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