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Children's Nonfiction Recycling & Green Living

Be the Change

Rob Greenfield's Call to Kids—Making a Difference in a Messed-Up World

by (author) Rob Greenfield & Antonia Banyard

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Recycling & Green Living, Intermediate, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


For young readers ages 8 to 12, an inspiring, lively guide to sustainable living from YouTube star and zero-waste activist Rob Greenfield.

Features kid-friendly information on the highly popular movement towards zero-waste living, as well as information on the climate crisis and solutions.

Rob Greenfield loves this planet, and he’s willing to go to extremes to show kids how our way of life is causing it harm. He’s walked around New York City dressed in his own garbage, cycled across the U.S. on a bamboo bike (three times), and survived one year on food he foraged or grew himself. For Rob, it’s all worth it: he brings attention to important topics like food and water waste; our dependency on fossil fuels; our piles of stuff (and the energy required to produce it); and our disconnection from community and the wider world.

In this uplifting book, Rob uses his own experiences—backed by solid information and a ton of great ideas—to show kids that no one is too young to make a difference, and no action is too small to make a start.

Rob will donate 100 percent of his proceeds from this book directly to environmental nonprofits.

About the authors

Rob Greenfield's profile page


ANTONIA BANYARD is an editor and the co-author of the award-winning infographic titles, Eat Up! and Water Wow! She lives with her family in Nelson, British Columbia.


Antonia Banyard's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“[A] nifty handbook… readers will find his adventures of the greatest interest….this salute to sustainability works for both individual reading and classroom use.”

“Understanding the environmental and social issues we face is daunting and disheartening. Be the Change connects the dots between these issues while presenting concrete actions that we can take as individuals, families and communities to realize the changes we all want to see in the world.”
—Dr. Anna Crawford, Chair of Greenpeace Canada's Board of Directors

“Rob Greenfield is a man of change. Rob puts his whole being into what he believes in. I'm honored to call Mr. Greenfield a friend and an example of true Humanity and purpose. Buy this Book!! Change your Life!!!”
—Ron Finley, The Gangsta Gardener

“I loved every page of this amazing book–Rob offers fun, exhilarating escapades that are also real-world ways to help a world that needs your attention right now. Turns out, saving our planet is fun. I put this book down feeling fired up and full of hope, and you will too.”
—Caroline Paul, author of You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

“A downright joyous exploration of the ways kids can heal the planet, help their neighbors and live happy lives. In a genre chock full of doom and gloom, Rob provides an inspiration sandwich filled with the information and practical tips every budding world changer needs.”
—Michael O'Heaney, Executive Director of The Story of Stuff Project

"An inspirational addition to any nonfiction section in an elementary or middle school library. Perfect for those who want to know more about how they can help the environment and inspire change in their communities."
School Library Journal

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