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Laurie Laybourn-Langton is an award-winning researcher, author and strategist. He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and a Visiting Fellow at the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter. He regularly writes for a range of publications and appears on TV and radio. Find out more.

NEW BOOK – Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown

Planet on Fire is an urgent manifesto for a reimagining of our economic system. It offers a clear and practical road map for a future that is more democratic and sustainable by design. Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton argue that it is not enough just to spend and innovate our way out of the crisis; we must also rapidly reshape the economy to create a new way of life that can foster a healthy and flourishing environment for all. Published on 20th April 2020 by Verso Books.

“A clear, powerful vision. Don’t miss this book.”

Jason Hickel, academic and author of Less is More

“This is a political guide for the times ahead.”

Kate Aronoff, journalist and author of Overheated

“This book is a manifesto and a call to arms. Please read it.”

John Ashton, activist and UK climate envoy 2006-2o12

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