Rebel Library

Poem of the Month

Wild Geese – Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

Everyday Activism: How to Change the World in Five Minutes, One Hour or a Day by Rachel England Harper Collins, 2021.
This guide will help kickstart any activist’s journey. From supporting independent businesses and amplifying marginalised voices, to community gardening and giving to a food bank, there’s something you can do to make a positive change – whether you have a day, an hour, or just five minutes to spare.

This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook by Extinction Rebellion Penguin, 2019 Created by the team responsible for bringing climate catastrophe protest to our streets and making the issue mainstream, This Is Not A Drill offers a practical and inspiring guide to acting upon anxiety about the future of the planet.

The Puma Years by Laura Coleman Little A, June 2021
'The Puma Years' is an utterly wonderful book. It is a memoir, a love letter to a puma, and through that love comes the utter heartbreak of the forests. It is not just astonishingly good as a book, but it brings to life the full earthy reality of the forests, its swamps and iridescence, its wild beauty and rottingness, while so poignantly articulating its destruction. It is quite brilliant. - Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild: An Elemental Journey' and 'Why Rebel'.

From Student Strikes to the Extinction Rebellion New Protest Movements Shaping our Future Edited by Benjamin J. Richardson Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020 
Across the world, millions of people are taking to the streets demanding urgent action on climate breakdown and other environmental emergencies. Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future and Climate Strikes are part of a new lexicon of environmental protest advocating civil disobedience to leverage change. This book critically examines the legal and political context of this new wave of eco-activism.

Why Rebel by Jay Griffiths Penguin, 2021

Because our footprint on the Earth has never mattered more than now. Because we need a politics of kindness, but the very opposite is on the rise. Essential reading.

Youth to Power. Your Voice And How To Use It by Jamie Margolin Hachette, 2020
In Youth to Power, Jamie presents the essential guide to changemaking, with advice on writing and pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, utilizing social and traditional media to spread a message and sustaining long-term action. Jamie walks readers through every step of what effective, healthy, intersectional activism looks like.

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