2020 Writing on Global Conservation

 

Winner:

 

Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global Conservation

Britain 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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Shortlist:

 

Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global Conservation

Irreplaceable 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 Conservation

Life 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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Sitopia by Carolyn Steel

Wainwright Prize Writing on Global Conservation

We 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 Conservation

The 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 Conservation

How 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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