George Monbiot’s latest book is Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, published by Penguin Books.
Since the 1980s, he has traveled the world doing on-the-ground investigations of how global dominant systems destroy crucial wildlife habitats and displace peoples from their ancestral homelands, while contributing to catastrophic climate change. This has led to his being made persona non grata in seven countries, sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia in Indonesia, shot at, beaten up by military police, shipwrecked, stung into a coma by hornets, and pronounced clinically dead in Lodwar General Hospital in North-western Kenya from cerebral malaria.
From the first of his 13 books published in 1989, POISONED ARROWS: An Investigative Journey Through the Forbidden Lands of West Papua; to Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding; to his radio programs, and long standing weekly columns in The Guardian, he has informed us in delightful prose through the powerful lens of his political philosophy for social and ecological justice and sanity.
We spoke with him via Skype on January 24, 2023.
Articles pertinent to this interview:
Brown gold: the great American manure rush begins https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/feb/02/manure-renewable-natural-gas-california
‘Let them eat lentils’ won’t save us from animal farming – we must embrace meat substitutes https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/feb/01/environmentalists-animal-free-meat-livestock-farming
Embrace what may be the most important green technology ever. It could save us all https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/24/green-technology-precision-fermentation-farming
Do we really care more about Van Gogh’s sunflowers than real ones? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/19/van-gogh-sunflowers-just-stop-oil-tactics
It’s democracy v plutocracy – this is the endgame for our planet https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/06/power-wealthy-earth-politics-democracy-plutocracy
The most damaging farm products? Organic, pasture-fed beef and lamb https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/16/most-damaging-farm-products-organic-pasture-fed-beef-lamb
From the Amazon to Australia, why is your money funding Earth’s destruction? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/30/amazon-public-money-earth-destruction-fossil-fuels-subsidies
How a violent land seizure story led to my ‘death’ in Brazil https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/31/land-seizure-death-brazil-george-monbiot
My burning shame: I fitted my house with three wood-burning stoves https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/dec/27/wood-burning-stove-environment-home-toxins
The US is a rogue state leading the world towards ecological collapse https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/dec/09/us-world-climate-collapse-nations
To change our future, we should change how we teach history to children https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/18/change-future-teach-history-children