Given Half a Chance: Ten Ways to Save the World

By Edward Davey

How to address the world’s environmental challenges and make life better and more peaceful for people, nature, and the planet

Friday, 25 November 2016

An interview with Achim Steiner, Director of the Oxford Martin School

Dear All,

An interview recorded on Friday 18th November with the distinguished German-Brazilian environmentalist Achim Steiner, now Director of the Oxford Martin School, and formerly Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.  

Achim is highly articulate and inspiring, as always, and covers a lot of ground in our 45 minutes together: renewable energy; cities; water; dams; food waste; climate change; technology; international environmental governance; the marine environment; as well as thoughts on the other pressing and related societal and political challenges of our time.

All in 45 minutes, on a sunny Friday afternoon in wintry Oxford, with the gleaming honey-coloured golden spires of the Bodleian Library visible from his study...

I hope you enjoy the interview.

My focus in the coming month, during my forthcoming travels to Malaysia and then in the run-up to Christmas, is to do my best to pull together a first draft of my manuscript for submission to Unbound on 2nd January, while at the same time concluding my crowdfunding effort (currently at 52%, and about to be given a great boost thanks to the generosity and support of the passionate and kind-hearted environmentalist Ben Goldsmith, who - having already supported the book personally -- has now decided to become a Patron too).

Please do share news of the project with friends, family, organisations, companies and networks that you think might be interested in supporting.  I am hoping to reach my goal by Christmas!!

All best wishes and grateful thanks,


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