What is the Price of Experience?Writers Rebel

    Today Writers Rebel took action against the Institute of Economic Affairs. We made this statement about why we did so. We choose the Institute of Economic affairs because its work is encouraging those politicians and fossil fuel companies who are right now leading us to a cliff edge. Its utterances constantly deny the […]

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Q&A with Sarah Bridle: Fixing Our Food SystemKatie Percival

Writers Rebel’s Katie Percival interviews Professor Sarah Bridle, a UK-based interdisciplinary researcher and writer concerned with what our food system is doing to climate change, and what we might need to do to fix it.   Katie Percival: Your background is as an astrophysicist, but in the last few years you’ve turned your attention to […]

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Q&A with Jessica Gaitán JohannessonToby Litt

  Although it looks quite slim, The Nerves and Their Endings: essays on crisis and response is a really big, ambitious, global book that speaks very clearly to lots of aspects of the present moment. It insists on an intimate relation between the individual body and the whole environment. It’s very moving and full of insights. How […]

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Does Throwing Food Help?Diana McCaulay

  Recently two women threw a can of soup onto the glass protecting Vincent Van Gogh’s Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers in London’s National Gallery, and then glued their palms to the wall. Watching the YouTube video, I’m struck by how young they are. Their hands shake as they apply the glue to their palms, and […]

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Excerpt from The European EelSteve Ely

20 degrees north, 62 west. The outer rise of the Puerto Rico Trench, a hundred miles north of Anguilla. New Moon, 1% visible. Kraken darkness, lit only by octopus phosphorescence and the bright detonations of ejaculating eels. They’ve been travelling in tandem for five days now, through frittering flames of fertilised ova and the disarticulate, […]

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Reposted: The Enemies of Our PlanetCarmen Callil

  Publishing legend and founder of Virago Press, Dame Carmen Callil, spoke at the Writers Rebel action on Tufton Street on September 2 2020. She drew out the links between the foundation of Virago Press and the younger generations now fighting for equality and climate justice. I am always being asked about why and how […]

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Bill McGuire’s letter to Fritz Vahrenholt of the GWPF

  Dear Dr Fritz Vahrenholt, You will be aware of Steve Baker’s decision to stand down from his position as Trustee in order to take up his government post unmarred by an association with the Global Warming Policy Foundation. I write to you in earnest to ask you to consider doing the same. You must […]

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Charlie Gardner’s letter to Fritz Vahrenholt of the GWPF

  Dear Professor Vahrenholt, I write to you as a conservation scientist, having spent my career working to stop the decline of nature across the world. I have read some of your work, and like you I am concerned about the potential impacts of rapid decarbonisation on the natural world, particularly if renewable energy infrastructure […]

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Rupert Read’s Letter to Peter Edwards of the GWPF

20th September 2022   Dear Professor Edwards,  I am writing to you in regards to your position as a trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. As you will know Steve Baker recently left that role and I am hoping to persuade you to also step down.  I am an associate professor, working at a […]

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Natasha Walter’s Letter to Graham Stringer of the GWPF

  Dear Mr Stringer, I am writing to you about your position as trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.  I am puzzled as to why you, as a Labour member of Parliament, have taken on such a role.  I am a member of the Labour party and while I welcome breadth of debate among […]

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Julia Steinberger’s letter to Michael J Kelly of the GWPF

    Dear Professor Michael J Kelly, I am writing to you as a scientist. I have a PhD in experimental physics, and moved on to study the biophysical resource use of economies, as well as the links between social progress and resource use. I have led a very successful project entitled “Living Well Within […]

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Toby Litt’s Letter to Terence Mordaunt of the GWPFToby Litt

  Dear Terence Mordaunt, all your working life, you’ve been a man of the sea. As co-founder of the Bristol Port Company, it’s the key element of your immensely successful business. But even before that, you were – as I understand it – a navigating apprentice in the Merchant Navy. I’m sure you must have […]

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Monique Roffey’s Letter to Kathy Gyngell of the GWPF

12th September, 2022 Dear Kathy Gyngell, I’m a well-known novelist and co-founder of Writers Rebel and I’m writing to you because Steve Baker announced last week that he’d been given a role in Liz Truss’s new government as junior minister in the Northern Ireland office. A day later, he stepped down from his role as […]

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Sir Jonathon Porritt’s Letter to Jerome Booth of the GWPF

Sunday 2nd October   Dear Jerome Booth,   Forgive me contacting you out of the blue – but I was  just reading about your association with the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) in today’s Observer! That came as something of a surprise, I have to say, given the acumen you have brought to bear on […]

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Home Sweet HomeBill Anderson

  Just up the road from where I live in West London there’s a tree with a wild colony of honeybees living inside a cavity in its trunk.  You can see them in action here.  Above the gravestones of Kensal Green cemetery, which include those of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Freddie Mercury, a Queen bee […]

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An Intersectional FutureLeah Thomas

This week, intersectional environmentalist and writer Leah Thomas shares an excerpt from her forthcoming book, The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet, published by Profile Books.   I had a rude awakening during the summer of 2014. While on break from college in my hometown of Florissant, Missouri, […]

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Q&A with Ned BeaumanLiz Jensen

  Ned Beauman is a journalist, screenwriter, and the author of five novels. In 2013 he was selected as one of the Best of Young British Novelists by Granta magazine. Here he discusses some of the themes of his new novel, Venomous Lumpsucker, with Writers Rebel’s Liz Jensen.    Liz Jensen: Venomous Lumpsucker is a fierce, funny, angry book that […]

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Q&A with Roman KrznaricLiz Jensen

  Political thinker and philosopher Roman Krznaric is interviewed by Writers Rebel’s Liz Jensen. Roman shares an excerpt from his latest book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World, here.   Liz Jensen: The title of your book is taken from a quotation by the medical researcher Jonas Salk, […]

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