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Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Sobering global warming docu highlights climate science.

TV PBS Educational 2021
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This solid and sobering docuseries is a testament to Thunberg and other climate activists' tremendous resolve. It doesn't not shy away from the reality of the current climate situation. Many adults may remember the takeaway of Al Gore's 2006 global warming manifesto An Inconvenient Truth as individuals needing to take small actions, like replacing lightbulbs or using less plastic. 15 years later, Thunberg emphasizes that the only real way to impact the changing climate is to convince politicians and corporation owners to make big changes.

Teens interested in the science behind climate change will likely learn a lot from this documentary series. They'll enjoy seeing the incredible nature cinematography, though the documentary is paced somewhat slowly. The series does offer a window into her personal life, but I Am Greta may be more interesting to those wanting to learn more about Greta's activism and less about the science. The series may inspire some teens to take action, but it also shares very dark possibilities about the future. But, perhaps we can all find solace in one of Thunberg's closing statements: "Hope is telling it like it is, and for me hope is not saying everything will be alright. For me hope is what gets you to feel meaning and for you to get up and fight for what you believe is right."

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