Newark-born scientist quits job to join climate change fight
A scientist who grew up in Newark has quit his job to inspire action on climate change.
Louis Keal, 31, who attended Barnby Road Academy, was a Birmingham-based product marketing manager for a US-based company that designs and manufactures high-end scientific cameras.
He enjoyed his £45k a year job, but gave it up to try to help avert a crisis — by persuading people to take urgent action against climate change.
Louis has since written a book, A Gift For Conversation: Let’s Discuss Climate Change.
He said it was designed to start difficult conversations about how climate change was affecting all lives and show what can be done about it.
“All of us who have become aware of the horrifying reality of climate change still know many people looking the other way,” said Louis.
“This book is designed to be a gentle but firm way to shake someone awake. Our response to climate change must start with communities working together, but that can only begin once we’re all on board and talking about it.”
There is also a deeply personal incentive for Louis to pursue action on climate change — he said he would love to become a father, but with world governments’ current levels of delay and inactivity, he felt he couldn’t intentionally bring a child into the world.
“We have barely two or three years to bring about massive transformation to our economy to phase out fossil fuels and restore natural habitats,” he said.
“The world we could choose to create through adequate climate action could be incredible — but instead, we’re currently on course for unimaginable suffering.
“I could never ask a young person to face that world.”
“I left my job, devoted many months to researching and writing the book, with the help of friends, fellow-activists and scientists, and invested thousands of pounds to make this project happen. I hope it gives people the power to win hearts and change minds.”
The book can be ordered via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
The first edition printing is due in October if a crowdfunding goal is met.