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
Latest writing and speaking
- We failed to prepare for pandemics, we cannot do the same with climate changeIn late February, the UN Security Council held a meeting to discuss how the climate crisis is a threat to international security. As David Attenborough told the meeting,Continue reading “We failed to prepare for pandemics, we cannot do the same with climate change”
- Interview: The Owen Jones ShowMat Lawrence and I spoke with Owen Jones about Planet on Fire, how we face an overall environmental emergency, it’s caused by (deeply unjust) economicContinue reading “Interview: The Owen Jones Show”
- Interview: The Nomiki ShowI spoke to Nomiki Konst on the Nomiki Show about the environmental emergency, the role of economic systems in driving the disaster, and how ourContinue reading “Interview: The Nomiki Show”
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- Change only through crisis? Reflections on strategies for paradigm shift in an age of coronavirus and environmental breakdown (Forum for a New Economy)1st December 2020 The emergency measures undertaken in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic constitute an unprecedented break from the norms and practice of the prevailingContinue reading “Change only through crisis? Reflections on strategies for paradigm shift in an age of coronavirus and environmental breakdown (Forum for a New Economy)”
- A new politics for the era of environmental breakdown (IPPR)7th October 2020 Environmental breakdown is accelerating and poses an unprecedented threat to our political system. This system is a key enabler of environmental breakdown,Continue reading “A new politics for the era of environmental breakdown (IPPR)”
- We are not ready: Policymaking in the age of environmental breakdown – Final report (IPPR)24th June 2020 Environmental breakdown is the defining challenge of our time. This is the final report of a major research programme – responding toContinue reading “We are not ready: Policymaking in the age of environmental breakdown – Final report (IPPR)”
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