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The Making of an Activist
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 136
Themes: activist, environmentalist, Green Party, women in politics, climate crisis
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 11/May/2021
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Elizabeth May was born to be an activist. As a young girl, Elizabeth was worried about the health of the planet and believed it was her job to protect it. While other children were playing, she was raising money for important causes, researching the latest science and organizing protests. Before most people had heard about environmentalism, she was an environmentalist, living by her principle of “I have to do something.”

Written with Elizabeth’s daughter Cate, this book reveals how Elizabeth’s activism led her to politics, first as leader of the Green Party of Canada and later as a Member of Parliament. Filled with environmental facts, profiles of young activists and tips for making change in your own community, this book is part biography and part blueprint for activists in the making.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Regardless of their current interest in social causes, readers will be inspired by the story of Elizabeth May, the youth who are currently taking action to support causes important to them, and how easy it can be to make a real difference. Highly Recommended.”
School Library Journal
“Young people interested in environmental activism will find inspiration in May’s story.”
Canadian Children's Book Centre
“Written in an easily readable style, biographical information is supplemented with Elizabeth’s conversational ‘Advice for Future Activists.’..With its variety and layout, the presentation is an invitation to browse and be inspired.”

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