George Marshall (environmentalist)

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George Marshall (born 1964) is a British environmental campaigner, communications specialist and writer. He is the founder of Climate Outreach and is a specialist in climate change communications. He is the author of Carbon Detox (2007) and Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (2014). He lives in mid-Wales.

Life and work[edit]

Environmental campaigning[edit]

From 1988 to 2000, Marshall worked on campaigns for tropical forest conservation and defence of indigenous land rights with the Australian-based Rainforest Information Centre and The Ecologist magazine,[1] specialising in the exposure of corruption and illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.[2][3] Marshall subsequently worked as international campaigns director for the Rainforest Foundation[4] and the director of the forests campaign for Greenpeace USA.[5]

In 2004, he co-founded (with Richard Sexton) Climate Outreach, a UK charity that specialises in increasing public engagement in climate-change related issues.[4] He is currently the Director of Projects[6] at Climate Outreach and leads on a range of projects applying the latest research in climate communications.


In 2000, George Marshall took a year's sabbatical to renovate a terrace house for his family as a model low energy retrofit[7] that reduced energy and water use by two thirds.[8] His website on the project won a Millennium Award[9] and led The Ecologist to list Marshall as one of their Ten Green Visionaries in 2009.[10]


Marshall has spoken and written extensively on the need to engage new audiences on climate change, especially conservatives[11][12] and people of religious faith.[13]

Published works[edit]

Marshall is the author of Carbon Detox (Hamlyn Gaia, 2007) on personal action to reduce emissions. This subsequently became the basis of a stand-up one man show.[14]

His second book, Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (Bloomsbury 2014), explores the underlying social and psychological obstacles to accepting climate change. The book has been widely praised[15] and was described by the journalist George Monbiot in The Guardian as "the most important book published on climate change in the past few years".[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Resurgence & Ecologist (Vol 20 No 3 - May / June 1990)".
  2. ^ Asia Pacific Action Group, Marshall G. A Summary of the Commission of Enquiry into Aspects of the Papua New Guinea Timber Industry, 1991.
  3. ^ The Political Economy of Logging, the Barnett Inquiry into Corruption in the Papua New Guinea Timber Industry, The Ecologist, volume 20, number 5, September-October 1990.
  4. ^ a b "Climate Outreach – Our staff and trustees".
  5. ^ "About George Marshall".
  6. ^ "Climate Outreach – Our staff and trustees". August 2015.
  7. ^ Sevier, Lauren. "The retrofit revolution - domestic makeovers that can help save the world".
  8. ^ BBC, The eco-house that George built.
  9. ^
  10. ^ The Ecologist, Visionaries: George Marshal.
  11. ^ Marshall, George. "Here's a radical idea: Climate activists need to engage conservatives".
  12. ^ Marshall, George. "Engage centre-right voters to put climate change on the political platform".
  13. ^ Marshall, George. "What the climate movement must learn from religion".
  14. ^ Wales Online, Welsh eco-median takes stand-up tour around UK to tackle green issues.
  15. ^ Climate Conviction, Reviews,
  16. ^ Monbiot, George. "Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone".

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