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I'm just about young enough to be part of the generation where cloud of climate change has always hung over us. Still, most of the time, I avoided looking it in the eye.

When I did come to study climate change in detail, reading up on the history of the issue helped. I felt like I understood the graphs better when I had a sense of the people behind them. I also found the history of climate change inspiring, even funny at times, and it gave me hope. I thought that was something worth sharing.

At the start of 2017, I set myself a challenge of regularly writing a short story from the history of climate change, and sharing it online. It was a side project, something I did around my day job at a climate charity, other activism and having a life. I learnt a lot, and learnt that other people were interested in the history of climate change too.

At the start of 2019, I decided to rework the idea into something more book-shaped. Our Biggest Experiment, an epic telling of the history of climate change, will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2021.

If you’re interested in my work, want me to write something similar, or perhaps want me to give a talk on climate change, do get in touch. My gmail is alicerosebell.