ACT: Take a stand against extinctionOn the Brink: Support conservation missions

Changing destructive policies is one of the biggest ways to halt the loss of habitats and exploitative practices that affect the most at-risk species on the planet. Writers Rebel and Extinction Rebellion are committed to holding governments to account to reverse the devastating losses to biodiversity that the Anthropocene has caused. If you’ve not yet […]

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READ: They All Run TogetherJoin us for On the Brink: Mon 30th Nov, 7pm GMT

This year for Remembrance Day for Lost Species, November 30th, Writers Rebel are bringing together 20 writers from around the globe including Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ben Okri, Homero Aridjis and others to each tell  the story of one animal. Please join us for this free landmark event. Below, Writers Rebel member Alex […]

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Listen: Where is the heart of climate denial in the UK?

    Who are the main people and organisations coming between the UK people and policy progress to address the climate and ecological emergency? Questions like this led Writers Rebel to organize an action in a quiet privileged street in the heart of the parliamentary district in London. The Writers Rebel action in Tufton Street: No More […]

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Read: Q&A with M John HarrisonMonique Roffey

M John Harrison is a much-celebrated multi-award winning veteran writer of science fiction and speculative fiction. He recently won the 2020 Goldsmiths/New Statesmen Award for The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again. Here, he talks to Writers Rebel co-founder, and writer Monique Roffey, whose novel The Mermaid of Black Conch was also shortlisted for the […]

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Watch: The Romanticists’ NightmareBrandon RA Pestano

‘The Romanticist’s Nightmare’ – An original poem accompanied by long lost historical archive footage of nature, contrasted with horrifying scenes of pollution, as a response to William Morris as a romanticist poet and proto-environmentalist during the time of the industrial revolution and the destruction of natural habitats and ecosystems.  I have often thought about our responsibilities […]

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Read: White Snow, SnowNancy Campbell

  Hau kea white snow, snow (Hawaiian)   In this tropical archipelago, snow is most likely to be found on a simmering crater. In winter the temperature at the summits of Mauna Loa, Haleakala and Mauna Kea – the state’s three tallest volcanoes – drops to below freezing. Mauna Kea means ‘white mountain’ and it […]

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Read: The Danish Mink CrisisCarsten Jensen

  There are a million species under threat of extinction throughout the world, with as many as two hundred disappearing every day. But amongst these there is one species whose passing we need not mourn: the Danish mink farmer.  Even before Covid jumped the species barrier from humans to mink and back again, mutating into […]

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Read: Hope in the Amazon: Interview with Jimmy Piaguaje

Jimmy Piaguaje is a young indigenous Siekopai defender from Siekoya Remolino, a community of 53 families living on the banks of the Aguarico River in the northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon region. The Siekopai (which means multicoloured people) are renowned for their shamanic acumen and knowledge of medicinal plants, with uses for over 1,000 different plants. According […]

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Watch: Esther Stanford-Xosei reading Ken Saro-Wiwa

The following reading is from Ken Saro-Wiwa’s speech, which he was prevented from reading in court towards the end of his trial by the Military Tribunal, that sentenced him to death by hanging on October 31, 1995. It gives historical context to the justice-focused activism of communities of resistance in Nigeria, like the Movement for […]

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Leer: Esperanza en la Amazonía: Entrevista con Jimmy Piaguaje

Jimmy Piaguaje es un joven activista indígena Siekopai de Siekoya Remolino, una comunidad de 53 familias que viven a orillas del río Aguarico en la región amazónica nororiental ecuatoriana. Los Siekopai (que significa personas multicolores) son conocidos por su perspicacia chamánica y su conocimiento sobre plantas medicinales, con usos para más de 1,000 plantas diferentes. […]

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Read: Wind ApplauseTerry Tempest Williams

  When the news finally came that the democratic candidate Joe Biden had won the state of Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the United States presidential election, our household cheered! I ran outside – not to the streets because where we live there are none – but because […]

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Read: WHAT HUMBOLDT KNEW Josefine Klougart

  It was the Prussian polymath, scientist and writer Alexander von Humboldt (1767-1835) who paved the way for biogeography – the study of species and ecosystems across space and time – becoming established as an empirical science. The publications that emerged from his many expeditions are recognised as foundational to our present understanding of nature as a single great […]

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Read: MigrationTim Loveday

  Migration   seasonal  migration has lost  its language. birds commence reverse  flight. head for land that does not exist.    island holds breath,  throws up sick.  human limbs made tides rogue whip.  birds circle, cry.  swansong  is choking  sob.   our talk is famous.    when lunged  with death  you were brick. a witness […]

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Read: The Only Cure is KindnessJill Robinson

As a species, our lack of kindness has surely led the human race to where we are today. The majority of pandemics have been caused by our insufferable treatment of animals. Asiatic black bears are a case in point. The rebel in me wants to criticise the bear farming industry for its horribly cruel practices, […]

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Read: Parts of our countryside appear to be closing down. Here’s why it’s bad.verity healey

I am surprised at the nervousness in the pit of my stomach. I’m facing a tree-shaded track descending alongside the remains of an old quarry. Every single fibre of my being is screaming at me to plunder its unknown treasures. Yet I durstn’t. I durstn’t because whilst I know it is a path, it is […]

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Read: Q&A with Rajat ChaudhuriRajat Chaudhuri

    You’re an environmental activist, as well as an author of speculative fiction. Tell us a bit about these two aspects of your life, and how they feed each other. At university I studied Economics which might sound counter-intuitive for an environmental activist. I guess the theories of demand-led growth, markets and so on which […]

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Read: Extinction, or rebellion?Helena Smith

  My conversion road to Extinction Rebellion began at Waterloo Bridge, during its April 2019 occupation by rebels. I was literally stopped in my tracks by the bold way Extinction Rebellion had claimed the bridge, by the carnival atmosphere and the potted plants hauled in to create an impromptu garden. But above all by the […]

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Read: Sharks – Victims of the Race for a COVID vaccine?Dick Russell

Sharks are at the crucial apex of our ocean ecosystems, maintaining balance among species below them on the food chain.  Already a quarter of the populations of over a thousand species of sharks and their related skates and rays are threatened with extinction.  Shark fins, considered a delicacy in Asian cuisine, are a lucrative trade […]

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