ColourlessRebecca Stonehill

  only that it’s becoming unmanageable; that much, only, do I know. And more than knowing –  I feel it, in the corals bleaching and leaching of colour, in the thud of trunks as they hit the floor of ancient forests, in the vapour trails that crisscross the skies like angry scars, in the face […]

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Dandelions on the CommonCraig Smith

  There are new dandelions on the Common. The spindly stalks of these coin-sized supernova can barely lift their heads from the ground, today being November and the season for dandelions long being over. One weekend, three years back, the boy and I questioned how the solar rays of dandelion petals switched modes to become […]

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Rebugging the Planet Vicki Hird

  As my older son emerged dripping from the lake with a leech on his foot my excitement was infectious enough to send his brother wading back into the icy waters to get one of his own. I’m not suggesting blood-sucking leeches should be loved by everyone. That’s probably taking it too far. But if […]

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Persons Unknown: Q&A with Simon CrumpSally O'Reilly

  In 2012 Sheffield City Council and the Department of Transport signed a 25-year contract with Amey plc to renew the city’s highways in a programme called ‘Streets Ahead’, at a cost to the taxpayer of £2.2 billion. As part of this contract, some 17,500 trees were due to be felled, most of them healthy. […]

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One Foot in Front of the Other: Walking for Climate and Ecological Justice Helena Smith

    In July 2021, I read about an Extinction Rebellion group which was planning to walk from London to Glasgow for the COP summit. Much like the historic Camino to Santiago in Spain, the walk was intended to symbolise a path for meditation and growth, and also to connect, not just with nature but […]

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Q&A with Kim Stanley RobinsonLiz Jensen

    Kim Stanley Robinson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost science fiction writers. He has received both the Robert A. Heinlein Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society for his body of work, which includes the Mars trilogy, the Science in the City trilogy, and […]

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A human city burning in the distanceChiara Ambrosio interviews Oliver R. Cheetham

A conversation between Chiara Ambrosio, co-founder of independent childrens’ book publishing house Child Be Strange, and Oliver R. Cheetham, author of Roger The Elephant.     Roger the elephant was a buffalo: Or at least that’s what his parents told him, and he’d never known them to be wrong…   Chiara: Your book is about […]

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Liquid IniquityMichelle Lovric

  What happens when our civic waters are run as profit centres? I call it ‘Liquid Iniquity’. All too often, big business is privileged over nature, over life. And all too often, the results are filthy air, ruined vistas, tormented and dispossessed citizens. Take London. The River Thames is run on a charter from 1909. […]

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Recycle Archaeology’s Labels for LandfillHelen Wickstead

  Most people don’t know that thousands of finds from archaeological digs end up in landfill. Some of these “de-selected” artefacts turned up on the spoil-heap or outside the trench. They can’t be used to date deposits because they are not stratified within excavated layers. Many fragments of ancient bone, pot and stone are not […]

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Hungry for a FutureCharlie Gardner

  Soon after laying down our fork at the end of a meal, our body starts to protest. At first it’s a subtle, uneasy feeling in the belly; a sense of absence, a hole that needs to be filled, but ignore it for long and the reminders become less subtle as the stomach contracts in […]

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A Citizen’s ArrestCarsten Jensen

  “What if I got to jail?” I thought, when Extinction Rebellion Denmark asked me to speak at the opening of its week of protest. Because this is the point we’ve reached: the point where states come down more heavily on climate protest than on tax evasion. When he was jailed for his role in […]

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The last speech I gave before I became a criminalCarsten Jensen

    If you think you can live the way you have always lived, you are wrong. If you think your kids will have a life like yours, you are wrong. If you think politicians have a bigger horizon than the next election, you are wrong. If you think that the problems you don’t solve […]

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FOLLOW YOUR HEARTBREAK: Q&A with Jeremy LentLiz Jensen

Jeremy Lent, described by Guardian journalist George Monbiot as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age,” is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. Here he talks to Writers Rebel’s Liz Jensen about his latest book, The Web of […]

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Shades of EmergencyDaisy Hildyard

  What does emergency feel like? If you’re in Henan, China, perhaps you felt a goldfish nibbling your foot as you waded along the pavement during the summer floods. If you’re in Madrid or Chennai or Sydney, maybe it was stifling heat, the smell of rotting trash, dead insects crisping on the windowsill. If you’re […]

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“We are Climate Canaries” – Liv Torc at THE ANTIDOTE

  We were privileged to welcome Lic Torc, climate change poet and performer, to compere THE ANTIDOTE: our beautiful, creative and furious battle cry against climate inertia, staged by Writers Rebel at the Tate Modern on April 15. Here she explains how the climate emergency puts fire in her belly and how she’s working with […]

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“What are you doing to make the planet better?” – Courttia Newland at THE ANTIDOTE

  Hear author and screenwriter Courttia Newland speak passionately about the climate emergency in a short interview following his performance at THE ANTIDOTE, Writers Rebel’s street literary festival at the Tate Modern on 15 April.     Courttia read an excerpt from Seed, from Cosmogramma: and other short stories – his collection of short stories about […]

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“Feeling less alone in your concern is a really powerful and important feeling” – Raymond Antrobus at THE ANTIDOTE

Here’s Raymond Antrobus MBE, Rathbone Folio and Ted Hughes award-winning poet, speaking to us about the climate emergency. A long time supporter of Writers Rebel and the climate movement, Antrobus wrote for us back in 2020. Read his short piece here.     Raymond performed two poems for Writers Rebel’s street literary festival THE ANTIDOTE, […]

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“There is no rehearsal, the time is now” – Sarah Winman at THE ANTIDOTE

  Listen to acclaimed novelist and lifelong activist Sarah Winman speak passionately about our obligation to act on the climate emergency in this short but punchy interview, recorded following her performance of US inauguaral poet Amanda Gorman’s poem Earth Rise.     Watch Sarah’s compelling performance here.   Or click here to see the entire festival – with […]

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