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Keith Farnish is a writer, volunteer and activist who, in a former life, was an IT professional. He lives in the Borders of Scotland with his wife and two children.
He has been involved in environmental issues for a long time - for a large part of that as an active member of various environmental organisations, before becoming disillusioned with the mainstream environmental movement. He is continually striving to minimise his impact on the natural world.
Keith founded The Earth Blog in 2006, intended as a source of inspiration for people who want to be challenged, and offering uncompromising solutions to difficult problems. He also became a regular contributor to high-profile websites including Culture Change, Resilience and Nature Bats Last, and founded the Unsuitablog, which became a highly influential anti-greenwashing hub.
In 2009, his first non-fiction book, “Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis” was published by Green Books, and rapidly became a classic of the anti-civilization genre, particularly in the USA. His second book “Underminers: A Guide to Subverting The Machine” follows up on the work started by Time’s Up! in a more practical vein. It was published by New Society in 2013.
He made the decision to become a storyteller, after about a decade in radical environmental activism. The move to fiction was inspired by the deep connections he's continually trying to create between people and the natural world in his daily life. A serial volunteer in his Scottish Borders village, he is also a bushcraft teacher who encourages young people to get out into the real world. Where he lives, and the people around him both inspire Keith's writing.