Stories by George Monbiot

George Monbiot is the author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. Read more of his writings at This article originally appeared in the Guardian. subscribe to George Monbiot's feed

Posted on: Oct 14, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Stories of greed and ego bombard us. But a new study shows that humans are inherently good.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Universities should defend students against lovebombing by banks and consultancy firms – before it ruins their lives.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Lives are being trashed by klepto-remuneration: theft through excess rewards to rapacious bosses.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2015, Source: The Guardian

It seems America couldn’t care less if it causes a humanitarian crisis in that poor country.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2014, Source:

Pointless consumption is destroying our planet.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2014, Source: The Guardian

These days, being a deviant from the prevailing wisdom is something to be proud of.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: The Guardian

They big corporations do not represent us and they have no right to run our lives.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: The Guardian

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013, Source: The Guardian

Al Gore has gone vegan, a diet I was once sceptical about. Now I believe it is meat-eating that is more environmentally damaging.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2013, Source: The Guardian

Why are we so numb to the obviously devastating effects of mass consumer capitalism?

Posted on: Nov 5, 2013, Source: The Guardian

We are in the dark about treaty that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2013, Source: The Guardian

We're headed for the collapse of the benign climate in which humans evolved and have prospered, and the loss of the conditions upon which many other lifeforms depend.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2013, Source:

For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are skeptical now.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2013, Source: The Guardian

Those of us who defend the planet are increasingly subject to abuse. It is the price we pay for confronting the power of money

Posted on: Mar 25, 2013, Source:

Pope Francis said that he “would like a church that is poor and is for the poor.” But does this mean giving food to the poor, or does it mean also asking why they are poor?

Posted on: Mar 12, 2013, Source: Comment Is Free

My search for an ethical smart phone.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2013, Source:

Less lead. It’s ridiculous -– until you see the evidence.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2013, Source: The Guardian

Emissions are rising, ice is melting and yet the response of governments is simply to pretend that none of it is happening.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2012, Source:

We're suffering from a world-consuming epidemic of collective madness, rendered so normal by advertising and the media that we scarcely notice what has happened to us.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012, Source:

Neoliberalism is not the root of the problem: it is the ideology used to justify a global grab of power, public assets and natural resources by an unrestrained elite.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012, Source:

The young people we might have expected to lead the defense of nature have less and less to do with it.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2012, Source:

It looks like scientists could have gotten the impacts of climate change on food supply wildly wrong.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2012, Source:

A potent myth is being used to justify economic capture by a parasitic class.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source:

There is a strong and growing body of evidence showing a link between the dreaded disease and our high sugar consumption.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2012, Source: The Guardian

Rand's psychopathic ideas made billionaires feel like victims and turned millions of followers into their doormats.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2012, Source: The Guardian

There is plenty of research showing that low general intelligence in childhood predicts greater prejudice towards people of different ethnicity or sexuality in adulthood.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source:

The idea of valuing nature as "ecosystem services" can be well-intentioned but has two big problems.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2011, Source: The Guardian

Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem to be.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2010, Source: Comment Is Free

There are daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010, Source: The Guardian

The Tea Party movement is remarkable in two respects. It's one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen and the biggest Astroturf operation in history.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2010, Source: Comment Is Free

I used to think being a vegan was the only ethical way to eat. But an important new book suggests we can change our food system to allow for healthy meat consumption.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2010, Source:

How did the globe's biggest environmental problem because simply an issue of politics?

Posted on: Jun 22, 2010, Source:

Whenever greens or ethical investors warned them about BP's cavalier behavior, instead of thanking them, the big fund managers reacted with hostility.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2010, Source:

The real story of what happened to Native Americans is a story no one wants to hear, because of the challenge it presents to the way we choose to see ourselves.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2009, Source:

Here, in the plastic corridors and crowded stalls, among impenetrable texts and withering procedures, humankind decides what it is and what it will become.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2009, Source:

The harm this country could do in the next two weeks will outweigh all the good it has done in a century.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2009, Source:

The challenge of feeding 7 or 8 billion people while oil supplies are falling is stupefying. It'll be even greater if governments keep pretending that it isn't going to happen.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2009, Source:

It's time we had the guts to name the problem. It isn't population; it's consumption. It's not sex; it's money. It's not the poor; it's the rich.