Book Contributors

With thanks to our ‘Ecolibrium Now’ contributors without whom this ground breaking book would not have been possible.

Adrian Arbib

Adrian has contributed to all the UK and international newspapers. He was a staff photographer for La Repubblica in London for over 6 years and has travelled extensively covering human rights stories; including Rwanda, the Horn of Africa, West Papua and India.He also helped set up the Free West Papua movement in the UK. He recently completed a photographic book on a UK road protest. In 1997 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Cherry Kearton Medal for work with indigenous groups.

Anne B Ryan

Anne is an Irish adult educator and writer whose research and advocacy interests include economic literacy, useful and meaningful work, morality, citizen-leadership, adult politicisation, equality, the commons and commoning practices. She is active in Basic Income Ireland, Derrybeg Community-Supported Farm, Feasta: the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and Cultivate Celbridge, a resilience and mutual help network in her home town. Her most recent book is Enough is Plenty: Public and Private Policies for the 21st Century (O Books, 2009).

Andrew Wasley

Andrew is an award-winning investigative journalist specialising in food and farming issues. A previous editor of The Ecologist magazine, he is also co-founder and director of the ethical investigative agency Ecostorm. His book, the Ecologist Guide to Food, was published in 2014.

Annabel Ward

Artist. Absorbed in the deep pleasure and awe of being part of nature, exploring it’s many levels whilst enjoying the beauty and listening to the wisdom.

‘Art Not Oil’

A growing coalition of groups taking creative action to bring oil industry sponsorship of the arts to an end in the UK.


Carl Honoré

Carl is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker. He is also the leading advocate of the Slow Movement. After working with street children in Brazil, he covered South America and Europe for the Economist, Observer, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, National Post, Time magazine and others. His books on the benefits of slowing down, including the seminal In Praise of Slow, have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Colin Tudge – is a biologist by education and predilection and a writer by trade, author of 15 or so books on natural history, conservation, evolution, genetics, and agriculture. He is co-founder of the Campaign for Real Farming and the Oxford Real Farming Conference, and is currently setting up the College of Real Farming and Food Culture. His latest book, Six Steps Back to the Land, will be published by UIT Cambridge early in 2016.

Deb Wright

Deb is a writer and researcher working with Marinet, an NGO that promotes the reform of national and international laws on marine protection. She recently produced a policy document Conserving the Great Blue that describes a radical way to restore and conserve the world’s oceans by protecting them all, rather than just pockets of sea in marine reserves. Only responsible and respectful exploitation of marine resources would be permitted and destructive practices would become criminal acts.

Jane Davidson

Jane is Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability and Director of INSPIRE, (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at the University of Wales. INSPIRE won the Guardian award for the best Higher Education sustainability initiative in the UK in 2013. Prior to her role at INSPIRE, Jane was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales from 2007–2011.


Johannes Steuck

Johannes was born in Sweden in 1956. “My life’s work has been focussed around three consistent strands; Art, Education and Nature. The element that unites and informs all my work is the Sacred and the Spiritual. Inspired by Anthroposophy, as Artist, Teacher, and Gardener, I strive to refine and transform both the inner and the outer. I live in Stroud with my wife, we have four children”.


Jojo Mehta

Jojo describes herself as an “earth activist and concerned human being”. She has a background in design and languages, and when not campaigning spends much time with her children who are home educated. She believes the way we care for children will directly influence whether they live (and we grow old) in a peaceful world. She is involved in various grassroots networks but considers herself – and everyone else – to be a free agent.


Julian Jones

Julian is a water expert providing technical support for Water21.

Dr Kenneth A Worthy (University of California, Berkeley)

Kenneth is the author of Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He teaches at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College of California, and New York University and writes an environmental blog on Psychology Today.


Maddy Harland

Maddy is interested in solutions – ecological, social, humanitarian, and spiritual. She is editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine, an international quarterly in print, digital and online site at It covers all aspects of sustainable living, from the big picture to the details of gardening, farming, technology, building and community. Maddy Harland co-founded Permanent Publications and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning centre.

Marc Bekoff

A former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has published more than 1000 essays and 30 books, his latest being Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence. In 2009 Marc was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA.


Martin Spray

Some years ago, I was amazed to learn that 95% of Soviet funding went to protecting the iconic Siberian tiger. And magnificent they are… Meanwhile the Little Things of the living world continue to sustain us – and we pay them little attention except to search for new ways to get rid of many of them. We are only starting to realise how important they are, and that we know pitifully little about them.


Maxine Relton

“In October 1987, a severe storm devastated parts of southeast England, destroying countless trees. I subsequently created this large woodcut, primarily as a tribute to my mother to symbolise the extraordinary fortitude and courage she showed at that time in facing the last months of her life. The image also expresses my concern for the future of our “Mother Earth” critically threatened by mankind’s damaging activities.”

Mike Townsend

Influential business transformation leader, writer, speaker and lecturer, with thirty years experience across a range of sectors and territories. Founder & CEO, Earthshine – an international consultancy focused on sustainable business and economic transformation. Author of The Quiet Revolution (Greenleaf, 2016), Editor of Reframing the Game (2015), Lead author of A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 (2013). Regular contributor for Huffington Post, 2-Degrees, and The Guardian. Occasional musician.

Miriam Darlington

Miriam is an author and poet, and teaches creative writing at Plymouth University. Her book Otter Country, a nature memoir about travelling across Britain in search of the wild otter was published to great acclaim in 2012. She has one collection of poetry, Windfall, published in 2008, and is working on another. Fascinated with wildlife, and a lifelong conservation campaigner, she writes a regular column in the Times, the renowned Nature Notebook. She is currently researching a book about owls.


Natural Beekeeping Trust

We are a key contributor to new directions in apiculture with our work in developing bee-centred, treatment-free, beekeeping. We focus on sustainable beekeeping based on the needs and biology of the bee rather than the desires of the beekeeper: “giving to the bees” as opposed to “taking from the bees”. This is an appropriate and necessary response to the situation in which honeybees, and all pollinators, find themselves today.

Nicola Peel

Nicola has been working around the world predominantly in the Ecuadorian Amazon since 2000. Her focus is to bring positive practical solutions to a world in need. Her work includes founding The Amazon Mycorenewal Project to work with Mycoremediation (the use of fungi to remediate petroleum contaminated areas in the Amazon), building out of ecobricks (empty plastic bottles filled with rubbish), building families most in need rainwater catchment systems and teaching about sustainable agriculture.

Patrick Andrews

At an early age Patrick Andrews discovered a passion for the outdoors. For many years he pursued this passion through various outdoor hobbies, whilst following a conventional career path, becoming a corporate lawyer aiming to set up joint ventures in Russia, China and elsewhere. He serves as mentor and adviser to a number of social enterprises and charities, with a speciality in stakeholder governance. He is on the board of eco-car company Riversimple, which is building a hydrogen-powered car.

Patrick Holden

Patrick is Chief Executive of The Sustainable Food Trust whose mission is to promote international cooperation between those involved in sustainable food production. Patrick was Director of the Soil Association, from 1995 to 2010, where he played a leadership role in developing the UK organic market. Previously he was founder and chairman of British Organic Farmers and trained in Biodynamic farming at Emerson College, Sussex.

In 1973 he established his mixed organic dairy holding in Wales which produces cheese from the milk of 75 Ayrshire cows. Other positions: Patron, Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association, Living Earth and Soil Association Land Trust; Senior Environmental Advisor, JCB and International Ambassador, Soil Association. He received a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005.


Peter Adams

Peter does green stand-up comedy and poetry shows. This is his compensation for being a very serious person: he is the author of several books on health and homeopathy, and a practising homeopath and he runs Stroud Natural Health Clinic. All this on top of the impossible stresses involved in being alive on this planet at this time!He organises Celebration Of Life, a monthly spiritual gathering in Stroud, Glos, UK to remind himself to enjoy life.

Rashid Maxwell

After Oxford and art school I lived variously for twenty years as painter, lecturer, art therapist, carpenter and farmer. The catalyst for real growth was meeting Osho in the seventies. In the light of his presence the one-ness of all things becomes clear. Now as author, poet, painter, bee-keeper and self-sufficient gardener I continue to work, meditate, love and play in Devon with my lady, with visiting friends and my kids and particularly with grandchildren.

Robin Maynard

Robin has spent over 25 years in the environment movement – first volunteering at FOE just before Chernobyl. That grim event provided a job, tracking radioactivity across the UK. Holding senior posts at FOE, Soil Association, FARM – he also presented BBC R4’s Farming Today. In 2011, he resigned from the Forestry Commission over plans to flog off our public woods; setting-up Our Forests with Jonathon Porritt and forcing a Government U-turn. Currently, he works freelance.

Rupert Read & Molly Scott Cato (M.E.P.)

Dr. Rupert Read is Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and Chair of Green House. Prof. Molly Scott Cato is a Green Party MEP, and co-founder of Green House. Each has written several books, and they co-wrote much of Green House’s recent book, The post-growth project. They have co-authored “Who speaks for the Earth?” for this collection to set out their belief in the need for a democratic revolution that will include future generations and the Earth itself. This revolution takes as its jumping-off point Read’s concept of “guardians for future generations”.


Ruth Davey

Davey uses photography for the health and wellbeing of people and planet; to encourage people to see their life, work and world differently; to challenge the status quo. As Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize said, “The future belongs to those who can see it”. Ruth brings photography together with 20 years experience of international, business and community development in London, Africa, and the South West of England. She offers photography commissions, workshops, participatory projects and interactive talks. She supports the Eradicating Ecocide Campaign through photography.


Steve McPherson

Steve is an artist and lecturer living in the UK, whose practice includes installation, sculpture, book works, collections, assemblage, collage, experimental drawing, photography and sound. He has been collecting and working with marine/beach plastic found on his local coast for the last 20 years. His work is exhibited internationally.

Dr Steve Taylor

Steve is the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality, and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and his latest book The Calm Center. His books have been published in 19 languages, and Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ He lives in Manchester, UK.

Sue Palmer

A former headteacher and literacy specialist, writes and campaigns about child development in the modern world: . Her book Toxic Childhood, which helped start a national debate about contemporary childhood, was published in 2016, but has recently been updated for a new edition. She is Chair of the Upstart Scotland campaign for play-based, developmentally-appropriate education for children aged three to seven: (A book called Upstart is due for publication in 2016.)