Jules Pretty OBE

is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, where he is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, and has served on advisory committees for a number of government departments and the Royal Society. He lived in Nigeria until he was six years old, and his experiences of growing up on the edge of the Sahel and then “running free-range as a kid” in Suffolk nurtured his interest in nature and the environment. His previous books include This Luminous Coast (2011), The Earth Only Endures (2007), and The Edge of Extinction: Travels with Enduring People in Vanishing Lands (2014)