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

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Update on 'A Restored Earth: Ten paths to a hopeful future'

Dear All,

A quick update on Tuesday 18th April 2017 ...

Today, I submit my latest manuscript to my editor Phil.  It is 45,000 words or so, and I feel I've made some good progress -- although there is still a lot to do; ideas to gather and refine; lots of editing to be done; more interviews and perspectives still to harvest; and so on.  

I am about to have a two week break from the book, because Davina and I are expecting our first child to arrive at some point in the coming days, and I am going to have my hands full during paternity leave!

In recent weeks, I did seven more interviews with the wonderful people below:

  • Satish Kumar, the Founder and Editor of Resurgence, a very sparky, soulful and thoughtful environmentalist and peace activist who walked across the world against nuclear weapons in the 1950s, and was received in London by Bertrand Russell; Satish and I conducted the interview sitting on the sunny grass in Green Park, and had a joyous time;
  • Daniel Raven-Ellison, whose quixotic campaign to make London the world's first national park city is going from strength to strength, and is described in the book;
  • John Elkington, one of the founding fathers of the sustainability movement, immensely knowledgeable and insightful about the business models of the future;
  • May Al-Karooni, the gutsy and innovative founder of GlobeChain, an enterprise devoted to reducing waste from office moves, computers, NHS fridges, and the like;
  • Barbara Frost, the much-loved outgoing CEO of Water Aid, who was eloquent about the world's fresh water challenges and the lives of people currently without access to fresh water and sanitation;
  • David Bent, Adviser on Inclusive Economy at the Cabinet Office, and for a long time Director of Sustainable Business at Forum for the Future, who gave a brilliant, in-depth analysis of the business and sustainability issues of the day;
  • Jeremy Leggett, a hero of mine since my student campaigning days, who is one of the world's foremost advocates of solar power (alas, technology failed me here: and the recording of the interview stops only 15 minutes in to the hour: many apologies, and promise to reflect his views in the book).

Links to all seven interviews will follow shortly.

I have now carried out some 45 interviews or so over the past six months, and all are reflected in diverse ways in the book.  It has been an immense privilege to talk with so many interesting and knowledgeable people, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.

If any of you would like to read my version as it stands, and provide thoughts, critique and feedback, I would be most grateful for that.  Do let me know if so:

All good wishes for Spring, and I'll be in touch again in a few weeks' time,


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