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Dragon Interview: James Miller, Environmental Campaigner – The Next Attenborough?

Published on: 23 Dec, 2020
Updated on: 29 Dec, 2020

By Hugh Coakley

member of Extinction Rebellion

19-year-old environmental campaigner, James Miller, told The Guildford Dragon NEWS about his environmental campaigns and the need for “everyone to be hopeful and take action” on the climate crisis.

James Miller talking to Hugh Coakley

Royal Grammar School old boy, now studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, James speaks about the poor record of the UK in biodiversity. He says it is pretty shocking, especially for a country that considers itself to be animal lovers, that 10 years ago the country had already failed to reach 15 out of 19 biodiversity targets agreed by United Nations.

He has recently won a national award from the publishers, Pearson, for his dedication to raising awareness about the threats facing Britain’s wildlife and for campaigning for political and global change. Wildlife campaigner, writer and broadcaster Dominic Dyer, in presenting the award said of James: “I believe he has the potential to become a figure of influence on the scale of Chris Packham or Sir David Attenborough.”

James also speaks about the importance of the international climate change conference planned for November 2021 and the activities of young people who were influencing public and government thinking on the environment.

With a list of achievements on his CV longer than most people achieve in a lifetime, James said: “Now is a crucial moment to be hopeful, to take action themselves and use whatever influence they have to push for change.”

See also: Into the wild, Guildford activist sleeps with badgers to raise funds for homeless youth)

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