George Monbiot

George 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 (2000) and Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice (2008). www.monbiot.com

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it. Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the…

Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know?

George Monbiot for The Guardian By abetting the ad industry, universities are leading us into temptation, when they should be enlightening us. To what extent do we decide? We tell ourselves we choose our own life course, but is this…

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Those who take on the global industry that traps research behind paywalls are heroes, not thieves. Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data,…

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

By George Monbiot for The Guardian We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an…

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised

It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop By George Monbiot for The Guardian When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was…

Conservatives? No – Brexit has shown us what they really are

By George Monbiot for The Guardian They are no longer defending traditional values of national character and continuity, but rather catering to big business It’s a remarkable thing to witness: senior Conservatives attacking big business. It is not just Boris…

Dark money lurks at the heart of our political crisis

Democracy is threatened by organisations such as the Institute of Economic Affairs that refuse to reveal who funds them By George Monbiot for The Guardian A mere two millennia after Roman politicians paid mobs to riot on their behalf, we…

America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation By George Monbiot for The Guardian Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior…

Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it. His…

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy

Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can cut our consumption of everything else almost to zero and still we…

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