George Monbiot
@monbiot / Trailblazer member


Male, , birthday 27th January
Joined November 2018

My work is more sedentary than it used to be, so I temper it with plenty of physical activity: sea kayaking, ultimate frisbee, running and some heavy duty gardening: growing my own vegetables and much of my own fruit.

Here are some of the things I try to fight: environmental destruction, undemocratic power, corruption, deception of the public, injustice, inequality and the misallocation of resources, waste, denial, the libertarianism which grants freedom to the powerful at the expense of the powerless, undisclosed interests, complacency.

Here is what I fear: other people’s cowardice.

I still see my life as a slightly unhinged adventure whose perpetuation is something of a mystery. I have no idea where it will take me, and no ambitions other than to keep doing what I do. So far it’s been gripping.

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Here are some of the things I love: my family and friends, kayaking among dolphins, otters, salt marshes, fishing, arguments, chalk streams, Russian literature, thunderstorms, circus tumblers, the exuberance of life, rockpools, heritage apples, woods, swimming in the sea, ponds and ditches, insects, pruning, forgotten corners, fossils, goldfinches, etymology, Bill Hicks, ruins, palaeoecology, landscape history, Gavin and Stacey and Father Ted.


George Joshua Richard Monbiot is a British writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain and Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding, Out of the Wreckage.


George Monbiot
28 May 2020, 19:57
Please fill in the gaps.
George Monbiot
1 May 2020, 14:47
We have been shut out of most of the UK’s open land for centuries. After lockdown it's time demand the right to roam.
George Monbiot
1 May 2020, 14:35
Airlines and oil giants are on the brink. No government should offer them a lifeline. This crisis is a chance to rebuild our economy for the good of humanity.
George Monbiot
18 December 2019, 12:36
A new politics, funded by oligarchs, built on sophisticated cheating and provocative lies, using dark ads and conspiracy theories on social media, has perfected the art of persuading the poor to vote for the interests of the very rich. We must understand what we are facing, and the new strategies required to resist it.
George Monbiot
13 December 2019, 18:31
We double down on support/giving networks for the people this government is going to dump on. We start an open, non-partisan discussion about the movements and politics we need. We expose every lie, every trick this government will play, using social media to the max. We build mass resistance, drawing inspiration from - and building on - highly effective new movements, such as the youth climate strikes. We work together to craft the *story* of change: the great missing element in our politics
George Monbiot
7 November 2019, 10:38
British people are fundamentally disempowered by our political system. Other countries show that there’s another way
George Monbiot
7 November 2019, 10:21
Like Boris Johnson, I was sent away. These are institutions of fear, cruelty and trauma, and they create terrified bullies.
George Monbiot
27 April 2019, 09:06
The economic system is incompatible with the survival of life on Earth. It is time to design a new one...
George Monbiot
7 March 2019, 16:14
Driving is ruining our lives, and triggering environmental disasters. Only drastic action will kick our dependency.