And Other Stories wants to say we are 100% behind the Global Climate Strike today. And Other Stories’ team in Sheffield, London and New York will be joining the Global Climate Strike today and we’d love you to join one too! They are happening all over the world, and this time adults are being asked to come and support the organisers, the student climate strike movement.

Here are the Sheffield details – but you’ll find a local one, almost wherever you live:

Meet at: Devonshire Green 11am

March to City Hall 12pm

Rally at City Hall 1pm – 3pm

We are also using today to join the public dialogue (as well as discussion with our authors, translators, other colleagues and subscribers) about how we and the publishing industry should respond to the climate crisis challenge.

About ten years ago And Other Stories was just a nameless bunch of people meeting to brainstorm what they would like a publishing house to look like. One thing we knew we would need was the support and involvement of a subscriber base. Since then we’ve continued to pick our subscribers’ formidable brains regularly about our direction. And we plan to do more of that. If you’re a subscriber, keep an eye out for a separate email very soon with some questions we’d love to hear your thoughts on, about climate change and what we at And Other Stories can do. As Greta Thunberg memorably said, climate change is the simplest (i.e.: kill our carbon dioxide output) but also most complex (because: how?!) question we face. Because we work with lots of partners, we think it’s important to involve you all in discussions about our direction, and be part of discussion and change within the industry.

As part of that commitment, this is the first of a monthly column on our Ampersand blog about the arts, sustainability and our specific work. We’ll have tips each time too, and guest writers.

As someone who spent quite a bit of his last year of university up trees at the Newbury Bypass protest camps, and was at early Kyoto talks protests in Bonn and The Hague of just a few thousand people, it’s exciting to see citizen power is now growing so big. This morning everyone is texting about the Climate Strike: ‘see you there?’ People power can really have an impact on the big structural stuff. See you there? Dates for your diary if you’re interested:

  • Today, Friday 20 September – the Global Strike for the Climate, an opportunity to join an event near you in support of the school strike movement.
  • 20-27 September – Climate Action Week. Add your voice and unique skills if you are keen to raise awareness about this topic.
  • 7 October – Extinction Rebellion’s direct action fortnight starts.

And of course, write to me if you’d like to talk about something on this topic.


September’s tip: Travel around Europe by train.

Did you know, Brits, that train travel within Europe is actually often much cheaper than within the UK? And here’s a great site by someone who has plotted the best way to travel by train around Europe, to help you work out how to get to Barcelona or Geneva or just about anywhere:

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