Editorial: Little But Large

17 May 2019 Amy Hetherington

Editorial: Little But Large

You are never too young to change the world. Earlier this year, I met an eight-year-old who is already making an impact. Matilda in Grade 3. She’s also the editor of The Little Issue, and the girl I wish I was at the same age. 

Matilda started her publishing career last year, after she spotted one of our vendors selling The Big Issue in her community.

“I liked the idea and thought, why don’t I make one for kids?” she explains in her first edition of The Little Issue.

It’s a brilliant, big-hearted read, full of puzzles, craft projects, a Letter to My Younger Self interview with the school principal, and pupil-penned stories on big issues – such as homelessness, refugees and environmental conservation.

These kids are promoting kindness and compassion so simply and honestly, it’s no surprise their first edition was a sell-out, with all proceeds going to their local Ballarat Soup Bus.

Along with her talented editorial team of fellow students, volunteers and teacher Ms O’Kelly, Matilda is busily putting together the second edition. It includes an interview with yours truly; I was honoured to sit down with Matilda and her mum Sarah for the chat. These primary school-aged powerhouses are a reminder that every one of us can make a difference, no matter how small. 

In this edition, deputy editor Katherine Smyrk examines the global youth movement that is calling for action on climate change. We speak to 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who started it all, and has now been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. And, closer to home, we talk to young Australian environmentalists who have been inspired by her message. As Billie Tristram, 13, tells us: “She just told us that kids may be small, but our voices our loud.” And they are being heard.  

» by Amy Hetherington (@AmyHetherington), Editor.

This article first appeared in Ed#587 of The Big Issue.