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George Monbiot

Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning, 2006

Photograph of George MonbiotAbout the Author

George Monbiot (born 1963) is a bestselling British author and journalist. Monbiot writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper. During seven years of investigative journeys in Indonesia, Brazil and East Africa, he was shot at, beaten up by military police, shipwrecked and stung into a poisoned coma by hornets. He came back to work in Britain after being pronounced clinically dead in Lodwar General Hospital in north-western Kenya, having contracted cerebral malaria.

In Britain, Monbiot joined the roads protest movement. He was hospitalised by security guards, who drove a metal spike through his foot, smashing the middle bone. He helped to found The Land is Ours, which has occupied land all over the country, including 13 acres of prime real estate in Wandsworth belonging to the Guinness corporation and destined for a giant superstore.

George has held visiting fellowships or professorships at the universities of Oxford (environmental policy), Bristol (philosophy), Keele (politics) and East London (environmental science). He is currently Visiting Professor of Planning at Oxford Brookes University. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He has also won the Lloyds National Screenwriting Prize for his screenplay The Norwegian, a Sony Award for radio production, the Sir Peter Kent Award and the OneWorld National Press Award. In summer 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Essex and an honorary fellowship by Cardiff University.

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George Monbiot: Part 1, Reflections on Heat and the Climate Challenge

In this video, George Monbiot, author of Heat (2006), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about reflections on heat and the climate challenge with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

George Monbiot: Part 2, Solutions to Climate Change

In this video, George Monbiot, author of Heat (2006), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about solutions to climate change with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

George Monbiot: Part 3, The Limits of Emissions Trading

In this video, George Monbiot, author of Heat (2006), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the limits of emissions trading with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

George Monbiot: Part 4, Aviation and Biofuels

In this video, George Monbiot, author of Heat (2006), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about aviation and biofuels with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

George Monbiot: Part 5, China and the Role of Governments

In this video, George Monbiot, author of Heat (2006), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about China and the role of governments with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

George Monbiot: Part 6, Technology and Transportation

In this video, George Monbiot, author of Heat (2006), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about technology and transportation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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