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Wildness, to the celebrated writer-activist Jay Griffiths, is elemental: “pure freedom, pure passion, pure hunger. It is its own manifesto.” Triggered by a debilitating depression, her seven-year odyssey in search of the meaning and nature of wildness takes her through from the Peruvian Amazon to west Papua via the Canadian Arctic, the Indonesian Ocean and the Australian outback.

Moving through the elements of earth, ice, water, fire and air, Griffiths encounters communities and wildlife habitats devastated by environmental destruction, patriarchy, extractivism and colonial injustice, which lace her pantheistic hymn to wildness with a deep sense of urgency.


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Why rebel? Because our footprint on the Earth has never mattered more than now. How we treat it, in the spirit of gift or of theft, has never been more important.

Because we need a politics of kindness, but the very opposite is on the rise. Libertarian fascism, with its triumphal brutalism, its racism and misogyny – a politics that loathes the living world.

Because nature is not a hobby. It is the life on which we depend, as Indigenous societies have never forgotten.

Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars, and they are lining up now to write rebellion across the skies.

‘This, bluntly, should be our generation’s Gettysburg Address’ ~ Rishi Dastidar, selected Why Rebel for guest contribution to May 2023’s What We’re Reading Now.

Jay Griffiths has been a long time collaborator with Extinction Rebellion and Writers Rebel. Last year, in collaboration with actor Mark Rylance, composers Sam Lee & Anna Phoebe and Paint the Land, she co-produced Almost Invisible Angelsa haunting short film which speaks out in praise of insects. Her accompanying written piece for Writers Rebel gives us a chilling insight into a world without insects – a world that creeps uncomfortably closer with every month of global inaction to protect our remaining biodiversity.