SPEECHLESS is a joint project between Friends of the Earth International and New Internationalist Publications.

Friends of the Earth International
Their 'livemore' website tackling the issue of consumerism and it's impact on the environment is one I'm proud to have been involved with.

New Internationalist
One of their main slogans that always used to impress me was 'See the world with fresh eyes'. Who better to get involved with SPEECHLESS? And not least because they pretty much launched my career in the first place.


This is for all those for who there was no space to thank in the pages of the book.

If you're not on this list it's coz my brain has the memory capacity of a 1970's pocket calculator. If I've forgotten you don't sulk, just tell me and I'll:

Michael at Orange Tree Digital Marketing for building this website, Luke for his superb work on the animation of 'One Tree Island', and to D A Fitzgerald and Paul Smith for the use of their evocative music in the soundtrack. (From their album 'Sea Songs') TonyJuniper, Sharad Sharma, (from World Comics), Rob Newman, Mark Thomas, Nnimmo Bassey, The Big Issue in the North, Openspace Co-op shared ethical office space where I worked on the book, Manchester and Leeds Friends of the Earth, Julio Etchart (Spanish translations), Corinne Mateo (French translations), Charlie, Rob, Terry, Stuart, Nick, Lee, Jane, Janice, Sarah, Mark, Mark, Jonathan, Anna, Paul, Jen, Miranda, Debbie, Adele, Vanessa, Helen, Kath, Nathan, Audrey, Topsy, Rob, Phil, Chris, Hannah, Fudge, Julie, Mina, Nicola, Esther, Angel and friends, Dave, Anne, Lydia, Lizzie, Matt, Geraldine, Clare, Nicki, Sonia, Susana.

Although it seems obvious (to the point of bordering on crassness?) I can't help but want to acknowledge the importance of the internet to SPEECHLESS... Without it, I'm not sure such an ambitious project could have been done in such a short time. If I wanted a visual reference for what an English World War One machine gun looked like I could get one in seconds... and the same applied for any other obscure item, like a colonial period gunship.

This is all the more telling because I can easily remember the days of going to the central library to laboriously hunt for these things in the past.

Although the book is inevitably riddled with historical inaccuracies, amazing sites like Wikipedia will have massively reduced them.

I guess I'm saying we (I) shouldn't take it all for granted- something that's a bit too easy to do..?