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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Science Fiction and the Power of StorytellingRoman Krznaric

This week we share an extract from Roman Krznaric’s new book The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World. Read his interview with Writer’s Rebel’s Liz Jensen here.   While the time rebellion in politics and economics has only developed since the 1970s, novelists and film makers have been extending our […]

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Why the Climate Crisis is a Health CrisisKatie Percival

  A short while ago I cared for a patient who was admitted to the hospital with breathlessness. He’d developed heart failure, a condition with a cruel name which describes a state where the heart muscle ceases to pump efficiently enough to deliver blood and oxygen to the cells that need them, often leading to […]

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Q&A with Rob HopkinsLiz Jensen

First, have the dream. Then make it happen.   In conversation with Liz Jensen, Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transitions Movement and author of What If to What Next: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want discusses the power of the imagination and how stories can frame the future we want, […]

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Frequencies at DuskJane Smith

  Twenty of us stood masked and slightly nervous in the brightly-lit prefab hut, ready to be initiated into a whole new world of nocturnal life. Phil from the local bat group showed us photos of brown long-eared bats, talked about bat altruism and touched on the wonder of the nursery roosts he’d seen. He […]

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In Case of Medical Climate Emergency, Break GlassAnouchka Grose

Photograph of Anouchka Grose, smiling.

COLLECTIVE ACTION OR COLLECTIVE SUICIDE   One of the many alarming aspects of this latest heatwave is that you can link it to the climate emergency without anyone trying to make you feel crazy. For the long-time eco-anxious amongst us, this is more than a little disconcerting. Having been treated like lunatics for decades, suddenly […]

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Un-fashioning the FutureTansy Hoskins

  The fashion industry has a disjointed relationship with the future. It is an industry that is simultaneously obsessed with constructing what comes next, but at the same time refuses to look ahead and realise that business as usual offers nothing but a full scale rush into disaster. Research by the McKinsey consultancy firm found […]

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Charlotte Du Cann Q&ASally OReilly

  Charlotte Du Cann speaks to Writer’s Rebel’s Sally OReilly about her new book, After Ithaca – Journeys in Deep Time. Described by head Rebel Librarian Matt Rose as “part memoir, part essay, part travelogue – that follows a real life journey of descent in a world on the tip of crisis”, Charlotte’s work pulls from […]

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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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