2020 Longlist – Writing on Global Conservation

Bloom: From Food to Fuel by Ruth Kassinger

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationWithout algae, none of us would exist. It is essential to life.

Journey around-the-world to meet the algae innovators working towards a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers in South Korea, to scientists cleaning waterway dead zones, to entrepreneurs creating algae fuel and plastics.

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Greenery by Tim Dee

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationOne December, in midsummer South Africa, Tim Dee was watching swallows. They were at home there, but the same birds would soon begin journeying north to Europe, where their arrival marks the beginning of spring. Between the winter and the summer solstice in Europe, spring moves north at about the speed of swallow flight. That is also close to human walking pace. In the light of these happy coincidences, Greenery recounts how Tim Dee tries to travel with the season and its migratory birds…

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Harvest by Edward Posnett

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationHarvest follows their journey from the wildest parts of the planet, traversing Iceland, Indonesia, and Peru, to its urban centres, drawing on the voices of the gatherers, shearers and entrepreneurs who harvest, process and trade them.

Blending interviews, history and travel writing, Harvest sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape.

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Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationIrreplaceable is not only a love letter to the haunting beauty of these landscapes and the wild species that call them home, including nightingales, lynxes, hornbills, redwoods and elephant seals, it is also a timely reminder of the vital connections between humans and nature, and all that we stand to lose in terms of wonder and wellbeing.

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Life Changing by Helen Pilcher

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationLife Changing considers the many ways that we’ve shaped the DNA of the animal kingdom and so altered the fate of life on earth. In her post-natural history guide, Helen Pilcher invites us to meet key species that have been sculpted by humanity, as well as the researchers and conservationists who create and tend to these post-natural creations.

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Losing Eden by Lucy Jones

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationNow, in the moment of our great migration away from the rest of nature, more and more scientific evidence is emerging to confirm its place at the heart of our psychological wellbeing. So what happens, asks acclaimed journalist Lucy Jones, as we lose our bond with the natural world–might we also be losing part of ourselves?

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Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationIn the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined men and women are getting ready. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilization as we know it.

Not unconcerned himself by the possibility of the end of days, Mark O’Connell set out to meet them.

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Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationBritain has all the space it needs for an epic return of its wildlife. Only six percent of our country is built upon. Contrary to popular myth, large areas of our countryside are not productively farmed but remain deserts of opportunity for both wildlife and jobs. It is time to turn things around. Praised as ‘visionary’ by conservationists and landowners alike, Rebirding sets out a compelling manifesto for restoring Britain’s wildlife, rewilding its species and restoring rural jobs – to the benefit of all.

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Sitopia by Carolyn Steel

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationWe live in a world shaped by food, a Sitopia (sitos – food; topos – place). Food, and how we search for and consume it, has defined our human journey.

From our foraging hunter-gatherer ancestors to the enormous appetites of modern cities, food has shaped our bodies and homes, our politics and trade, and our climate. Whether it’s the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves.

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What We Need to Do Now by Chris Goodall

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationThe UK has declared a ‘climate emergency’ and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. So how do we get there? Drawing on actions, policies and technologies already emerging around the world, Chris Goodall sets out the ways to achieve this. What We Need to Do Now is an urgent, practical and inspiring book that signals a green new deal for Britain.

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Working With Nature by Jeremy Purseglove

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global ConservationHow do we work with nature rather than against it, both harvesting and conserving? Working with Nature is the story of a lifetime of work, often in extreme environments, to harvest nature and protect it – in effect, gardening on a global scale.

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