We Have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Colour Protecting the Planet

Dr Mya-Rose Craig, illustrated by Sabrena Khadija

We Have a Dream charts the commitment and activism of an inspiring group of young people of colour. While indigenous communities and people of colour are disproportionately affected by environmental issues such as global warming, rising sea levels and toxic waste, at the same time they are severely under-represented in the environmental sector. The author clearly believes this disparity needs to be addressed. Relating the first-hand experiences of 30 young campaigners on environmental issues, Dr Craig makes it clear that all voices need to be heard – and with equal weight – in the debate over climate change.

Whether it’s the story of a Nepalese campaigner working on a global tree-planting project, a resident of the Marshall Islands fighting to preserve the fragile coral reefs around his home or a young Ecuadorean campaigning to protect the indigenous forest lands in her Amazon home, each story features a bold and brave campaigner who is not afraid to speak out against injustice and racism. The stories are moving and highly personalised, each one accompanied by an inspiring quote and a bold, colourful illustration of the campaigner in question.

We Have a Dream showcases the positivity and hope in the messages of these young campaigners. It highlights how they use their voices to demand urgent change on a wide range of issues, from tackling dirty drinking water and deforestation to combating air pollution and plastic waste and stressing the importance of species biodiversity. It will provide a good starting point for classroom discussion on climate change, and may help the environmental campaigners of the future to find their voice.

Published by Magic Cat Publishing, 2023 (64 pages)

Reviewed by Jane Walker