George Monbiot

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George Monbiot (born January 27, 1963) is a journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist in the United Kingdom who writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper.

Monbiot was educated at Stowe and then Brasenose College, Oxford, where he shared rooms with the historian Niall Ferguson. He has held visiting fellowships or professorships at the universities of Oxford, Bristol, Keele and East London. He is currently visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University.

Working as an investigative journalist after graduation he travelled in Indonesia, Brazil and East Africa. His activities led to him being made persona non grata in several countries and being sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia in Indonesia. After surviving cerebral malaria in Kenya he returned to Britain.

Back in Britain, he joined the roads protest movement. He was a founding member of The Land is Ours, a militant land rights group, which occupied sites for a time in the 1990s.

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 OneWorld National Press Award.

Initially, he was involved with the RESPECT political party, but he broke with that organisation when it chose to run candidates against the Green Party in the 2004 election to the European Parliament.

Monbiot's father, Raymond, is the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and Chairman of the National Convention.

Bibliography

  • Manifesto for a New World Order (2004, New Press) ISBN 1565849086
  • The Age of Consent (2003, Flamingo) ISBN 0007150423
  • Europe Inc.: Regional and Global Restructuring and the Rise of Corporate Power (2003, Pluto Press) foreward by George Monbiot, ISBN 0745321631
  • Anti-capitalism: A Guide to the Movement (2001, Bookmarks) ISBN 1898876789
  • Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain (2000, Macmillan) ISBN 0333901649
  • No Man's Land: An Investigative Journey Through Kenya and Tanzania (1994, Picador) ISBN 0333601637
  • Amazon Watershed (1991, Abacus) ISBN 0718134281
  • Mahogany Is Murder: Mahogany Extraction from Indian Reserves in Brazil (1992) ISBN 1857501608
  • Poisoned Arrows: An Investigative Journey Through Indonesia (1989, Abacus) ISBN 0718131533

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