Thirteen-year-old Bo lives in a peaceful neighbourhood, has a loving family, lots of friends and is doing well at school – a pretty perfect young teenage life. Like young people around the world, Bo is curious, questions everything and has a rebellious streak. As she follows the news, she can’t help but become increasingly aware of the perilous state of our planet – not just in far-away places, but also closer to home, in Belgium. She decides to take up the fight against climate change and joins Extinction Rebellion, along with her close friend Luca.
They occupy factory sites and highways, and soon grapple with the forces ranged against them. They are ignored, criticised and arrested, even spending time in police cells. As Luca proposes increasingly radical action, the more thoughtful Bo looks for her own way through the moral, ethical and practical dilemmas of our age. PLANET B is the coming-of-age story of two young people trying to grow up in a world that is destroying itself.
What will it take to make people realise there is no Planet B?