Oliver Milman

Correspondent for The Guardian | Author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World

An experienced chronicler of the natural world and humanity’s impact upon it, Oliver has become one of the leading journalists writing on climate change, conservation and environmental justice.

Oliver Milman is currently the environment correspondent for Guardian US, based in New York. An experienced chronicler of the natural world and humanity’s impact upon it, his reporting has taken him diving to see the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef, shivering in a rapidly-changing Alaskan Arctic, placed within a tiny submarine to chart an underwater volcano in Bermuda and many places in between. Oliver was part of the team that launched the Guardian in Australia and has since become one of the leading journalists writing on climate change, conservation and environmental justice in the US. His first book THE INSECT CRISIS, published by Norton and out in the US in March, has been described as “gripping and especially unnerving” by the author David Wallace-Wells and “a book that will be a classic on the day it’s published” by the renowned climate activist and author Bill McKibben.

Speech topics

Why the crisis in the insect world matters

From the Amazon rainforest to the German countryside to the American suburbs, insects are in a silent yet disastrous decline – the United Nations estimates half a million species could be lost in the coming decades. The rapid loss of insects is removing be auty and thrumming life from our surroundings but also poses profound threats to our own existence, from the food we eat to the medicines we will be able to rely upon. The insect crisis matters in ways we are only just beginning to understand.

Books

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World

A devastating examination of how collapsing insect populations worldwide threaten everything from wild birds to the food on our plate.

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