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Robert Penn

Robert Penn is an author, journalist and TV presenter. He wrote and produced the BBC series Tales from the Wild Wood, and wrote It’s All About the Bike and his latest book The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
Saba Douglas-Hamilton is a conservationist, film-maker, and presenter of wildlife television programmes. After growing up in the African bush, she joined her father’s conservation charity, Save the Elephants, and manages the family’s eco-lodge, Elephant Watch Camp, in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist and campaigner. His book, Feral, documents his explorations into why he had become indifferent to our countryside

James Bowthorpe

James Bowthorpe is a film-maker, designer, adventurer and former round-the-world-by-bicycle record holder. His latest endeavour – the Hudson River Project – sees him scouring the streets of Manhattan and hiking up the Hudson river to explore our relationship with nature

Frank Barrett

Frank Barrett is an author and Travel Editor for The Mail on Sunday. His latest book, Treasured Island, is an odyssey around Britain in search of the landmarks that inspired Britain’s literary classics

Phyllis Omido

Dubbed the ‘East African Erin Brockovich’, Phyllis Omido wasn’t an activist when she went to work at a Kenyan lead smelter. But when her breast milk made her baby sick, she began gathering evidence on the smelter’s damaging health effects

Beth Healey

Beth Healey is a research MD at the Concordia station in the Antarctic. Her job is to research the possible physical and psychological effects of living in the station and how they might be similar to long-term spaceflight

Howard Wood

Wood took up diving as a hobby, but soon found the Isle of Arran’s once abundant waters depleted through overfishing. He won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe in recognition of COAST, which he co-founded to protect Arran’s waters

David Warrell

David Warrell is a professor and International Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Tropical Medicine. A long-standing member of the RGS-IBG medical cell, he co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine
Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos is a UK-based medical doctor and extreme environment physiologist. His latest endeavour, part of his ‘Ice, Water, Fire’ challenge, is running the 250km Marathon des Sables across the Sahara, in support of biodiversity charity, the Opwall Trust
Andrew Gorman-Murray is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Western Sydney. His work examines how domestic life has changed in Australia, and explores how natural disasters impact sexual minorities and Australia’s cultural response to climate change

Owen Hatherley

Owen Haterley is a writer and journalist specialising in architecture, politics and culture. In A New Kind of Bleak, he looks at how the recession changed Britain’s urban landscape

Jules Pretty

Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex, specialising in agricultural sustainability, nature and wellbeing. His latest book, The Edge of Extinction, explores life and change in cultures across the world

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is an author whose latest book, Another Fine Day at Sea, took him aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush as writer-in-residence. His previous work includes a frame-by-frame dissection of Stalker, a Russian movie associated with…

Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson is an author and agricultural development worker. His recent book, Under an African Sky, describes repeated journeys over twenty-five years to a single village in Mauritania and his efforts to bring relief to people suffering from climate change

Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan organised the first Mongol Rally from the UK to Mongolia. The rally has three conditions: the car must be small and rubbish, teams must be unsupported, and they must raise £1,000 for charity

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay is an urbanist and journalist whose books include Aerotropolis, an examination of how airports have become the central hub for cities. His forthcoming book, Engineering Serendipity, looks at the role serendipitous encounters play in economics.

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is a Canadian activist and writer. Her latest book, This Changes Everything, examines the underlying ideologies that have prevented us from confronting climate change.

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