George Monbiot is a 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). His fifth book, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order (2003), is an attempt to set out a positive manifesto for change for the global justice movement. In November 2007, his book Heat was awarded the Premio Mazotti, an Italian book prize. He was denied the money given with the prize because he refused to travel to Venice to collect it in person, arguing that it was not a good enough reason to justify flying.

He is the founder of ‘The Land is Ours’ campaign, which campaigns peacefully for the right of access to the countryside and its resources in the UK. In January 2010, Monbiot founded the ArrestBlair.org website which offers a reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of former British prime minister TonyBlair for alleged crimes against peace. Monbiot is the patron of the UK student campaign network People & Planet.

Monbiot believes that drastic action coupled with strong political will is needed to combat global warming. He has written that climate change is the ‘moral question of the 21st century’ and that there is an urgent need for a raft of emergency actions he believes will stop climate change. He also thinks that economic recession can be a good thing for the planet. While he does recognize that recession can cause hardship, he points out that economic growth can cause hardship as well.

He has honorary doctorates from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Essex, and an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University. In 1995, Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He has also won the Lloyds National Screenwriting Prize for his screenplay The Norwegian, a Sony Award for radio production, the Sir Peter Kent Award and the One World National Press Award.

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