Rachel Carson is credited with advancing the global environmental movement. But how much progress has been made in the last 50 years since the publication of Silent Spring? To discuss the issue we have Norman Maclean (editor of Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland); Tamsin Omond (Climate Rush); Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future and the Sustainable Development Commission); Callum Roberts (Ocean of Life: How Our Seas Are Changing); and Lucy Siegle (green living columnist, the Observer). Chaired by Robin McKie (science editor, the Observer). You may also be interested in the events we are promoting as part of Big Green Week season.
Norman Maclean is Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is a panel member of the European Food Safety Council and editor of the Journal of Fish Biology. He is the author of more than ten textbooks in genetics and cell biology, and editor of Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland.
Tamsin Omond works with environmental action group Climate Rush. She is the author of RUSH! The Making of a Climate Activist, a candid account of her journey from directionless student to wannabe priest to poster girl for the green movement. Follow her on Twitter at @tamsinomond.
Professor Callum Roberts is a marine conservation biologist in the Environment Department at the University of York. He is the author of The Unnatural History of the Sea: The Past and Future of Humanity and Fishing and Ocean of Life: How Our Seas Are Changing, among other books.
Jonathon Porritt left teaching in 1984 to become Director of Friends of the Earth where he stayed until 1991. In 1996 he set up Forum for the Future. His books include Capitalism as if the World Matters and Globalism and Regionalism. Visit his website at www.jonathonporritt.com.
Lucy Siegle is the author of Green Living in the Urban Jungle and contributing writer on A Good Life. From a strong journalistic background, she is a specialist in ecological and ethical lifestyle matters. As well as writing her weekly Observer column, she is an environmental columnist for Marie Claire and a regular contributor to Grazia, the Guardian, the New Statesman, Elle and New Consumer magazine, and a frequent commentator on television and radio, regularly appearing on BBC One’s The One Show. Her most recent book is To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?.
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