Penguin Classics launches Green Ideas range with Thunberg and Klein

Penguin Classics launches Green Ideas range with Thunberg and Klein

Penguin Classics is launching Green Ideas, a series of 20 short books on the environment featuring authors such as Greta Thunberg, James Lovelock and Naomi Klein.

Publishing on 26th August, each book will be released as a £4.99 paperback. Penguin said the books were drawn from a new canon of classics that has emerged over the past 75 years as “visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration”.

Among the books included are Thunberg's No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, Klein's Hot Money and Lovelock's We Belong to Gaia. Authors including Amitav Ghosh, Jared Diamond, Rachel Carson and Masanobu Fukuoka also make the list.

George Monbiot appears in the range with This Can't Be Happening, which calls on us to stop averting our gaze from the destruction of the living planet. He explained: “These short books bring together the most important issues of our age, and seek answers to greatest question of all: can we sustain the habitable planet?” 

Klein, whose Hot Money lays out the evidence that deregulated capitalism is waging war on the climate, said: “What an honour it is to be among so many of my ecological heroes in this library of short books that speak to the short time we have left to win a safe future for all.”

The full list of books:

Greta Thunberg, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Naomi Klein, Hot Money

Timothy Morton, All Art is Ecological

George Monbiot, This Can’t Be Happening

Bill McKibben, An Idea Can Go Extinct

Amitav Ghosh, Uncanny and Improbable Events

Tim Flannery, A Warning from the Golden Toad

Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women

Michael Pollan, Food Rules

Robin Wall Kimmerer, The Democracy of Species

Dai Qing, The Most Dammed Country in the World

Wangari Maathai, The World We Once Lived In

Jared Diamond, The Last Tree on Easter Island

Wendell Berry, What I Stand for Is What I Stand On

Edward O Wilson, Every Species is a Masterpiece

James Lovelock, We Belong to Gaia

Masanobu Fukuoka, The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah

Arne Naess, There is No Point of No Return

Rachel Carson, Man’s War Against Nature

Aldo Leopold, Think Like a Mountain