Tuesday, 17 June 2014


I inhabit a paradox. As a writer, I want vast quantities of paper to come pouring off the presses with my words on it, but as a campaigner for forests and the people who depend on them, I want the paper industry to stop trashing forests. This paradox has driven my obsession with paper for years.

It must be possible for paper production to be achieved sustainably, and many of us believe it is. In my day job I co-ordinate a network of environmental and human rights campaigners who all have a vision for the future when paper is made and used in benign ways. This is the Global Paper Vision, which was launched today, signed by more than 120 organisations around the world. It's worth following the link just to see how pretty all their logos are! You can make a pledge to make sure that you do what you can to use less paper and make sure you know what's in it. Join us!