Matthew Shribman - Bio 1

Having formally trained as a scientist (MChem (Oxon)), I am now out of the lab and into the world as a communicator, environmentalist, musician and some other things. With everything I do – from public speaking to advising to teaching to campaigning – I am aiming towards a brighter, greener and smarter future for humanity and for Planet Earth. This pursuit can’t be achieved without a multiplicity of voices and ideas, which is why I strive to make knowledge and opportunity accessible to everyone, regardless of background, education or experience. Together – equipped with the right tools – we can drive positive change and combat environmental destruction.

I have been very lucky in life, and through my work, I have found myself as an advisor to Purpose, ClimateScience and the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, a Rita Allen Fellow of the Science Media Awards & Summit, and a member of 1% For The Planet and Patagonia’s Change Makers Community. I am the founder of campaign group Planet A, the #ReforestEath movement and the #NoBeef campaign supported by the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths. I have spoken at TEDx London, UN Ops, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Extinction Rebellion and the Wildlife Trust.

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As Head Teacher and co-founder of AimHi, I have helped to build an online school that’s making world-class live learning accessible to everyone. I’ve hosted guests including Jane Goodall, George Monbiot and Chris Packham, and helped to teach learners in over 130 countries. I’ve also written and helped to run an online course about the climate crisis that’s supported by Cambridge Zero, and is due to be rolled out internationally in collaboration with Melati Wijsen’s Youthtopia.

I have also researched and presented several short films, including sailing the North Sea to document plastic pollution for the Plastic Oceans Foundation, uncovering the story of Bulgaria’s last wild rivers for Patagonia, retracing the steps of Darwin across the Andes, and collaborating with East African farming communities in Benin for the French Research Institute For Development.

I am indefatigably hopeful that collective energy, effort and education will lead to the global behaviour changes necessary for bringing Planet Earth back from the brink.