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‘We have a responsibility, every one of us’ DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

We have reached the make or break years for our planet… plastic pollution, clean air acts and climate change are an intrinsic part of everyday vocabulary with devastating effects. Journalist Grace Blakeley talks to Greenpeace’s Head of Oceans Will McCallum (How To Give Up Plastic) and Professor in the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University Mike Berners-Lee (There Is No Planet B) as they share expert advice on how we can all be environmentally proactive in undertaking individual acts that make a global difference.

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Will McCallum has been at the heart of the anti-plastics movement for the past three years, in his role as Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK. He regularly meets with the government and companies to implore them to help tackle the plastic crisis. He set up and is leading the global Greenpeace campaign to create the world’s largest protected area in the Antarctic Ocean. He recently spent a month on a boat in Antarctica with his team, investigating whether plastic is reaching the most remote region on the planet. He is a keen long-distance runner and regularly goes sea kayaking to explore the UK coast. He credits his love of nature and the outdoors to his grandparents, Doctor Doolittle and David Attenborough’s nature documentaries.

Mike Berners-Lee is an English researcher and writer on greenhouse gases. He is a professor and fellow of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University and director and principal consultant of Small World Consulting, based in the Lancaster Environment Centre at the university. His books include How Bad are Bananas, The Burning Question and There Is No Planet B. He is considered an expert on carbon footprint.


‘Mike has created a wonderfully abundant buffet-table of knowledge about sustainability and you can enjoy it all at one sitting or benefit from visiting for bite-size chunks. Either way, you’ll come away wiser, healthier and also entertained. In our household, we noticed people couldn’t resist picking up a draft copy for a quick look and dipping in for far longer than they’d expected. Mike doesn’t preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.’ DAVID SHUKMAN, BBC SCIENCE EDITOR ON MIKE BERNERS-LEE

‘If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the scale of the global challenges we face, then read this book. There Is No Planet B is full of practical guidance, evidence-based and robust, yet completely accessible, and sets out the difference any one of us can make. In an increasingly complex and confusing world, this book stands out as a beacon of common sense, clarity and – crucially – hope.’  CAROLINE LUCAS, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BRIGHTON PAVILION, ON MIKE BERNERS-LEE