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Want to save the planet? Going vegan or cutting flights won’t help

So says author David Wallace-Wells, who is not your typical climate activist

Simon Heffer

Two years ago, David Wallace-Wells wrote a 7,000-word article for New York magazine, where he is deputy editor, setting out the “worst-case scenarios” for climate change. It went viral – perhaps because people love to be scared, or shamed – and so (for reasons he describes as “intellectual” rather than commercial) he wrote a book on the same theme, The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future.

Published in February, it has been in the bestseller charts, first in hardback then in paperback, ever since.

This has been a record-breaking year not just for temperatures, but for environmental publishing. Greta Thunberg’s book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, tops the paperback non-fiction charts and publishing insiders report the big-money auctions are now for new climate change books. Even activist group Extinction Rebellion has turned to print (recycled, naturally), distributing 110,000 copies of their newspaper, The Hourglass, at railway stations, doctors’ surgeries and post offices across the UK, last week, in the hope of attracting “older, middle-class” supporters, less au fait with their heavy social media messaging...

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