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Jason Heppenstall grew up in the Midlands and, after studying in London, got his first job working for the Chancellor of the Exchequer in H.M. Treasury’s economic forecasting department. Later he worked as an energy trader in the corporate world before dropping out to spend several years backpacking around the planet and teaching English. During that time he worked as a wildlife volunteer in Guatemala, a fruit picker in Australia and a train factory employee in France. Having studied degrees in economics, computer programming and environmental policy, he settled on journalism as a second career and launched Spain’s first green-focused newspaper. He was later the managing editor of the Copenhagen Post in Denmark and a Scandinavia correspondent for The Guardian newspaper. These days he lives in west Cornwall with his family and is creating a sustainable forest garden on seven acres of woodland. He enjoys mushroom cultivation, sea kayaking and writing his blog.