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Marjon Journalism lecturer gets book published

Released: 20.01.22

Plymouth Marjon University’s journalism lecturer, Anna Turns, has written a sustainability guidebook titled ‘Go Toxic Free’. The hardback is on sale from today and can be bought online and in bookshops such as Waterstones.

Anna describes her writing as solutions focused. Her book highlights the progress that’s being made and looks at innovations that can help design out waste. Anna also writes about the people, the change-makers, who are working in this field around the globe. She believes that we need to recalibrate our relationship with the planet and live in a more regenerative way, but it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom.

As a journalist, Anna writes regularly for The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Coast, Positive News, Wicked Leeks and others. She specializes in sustainability issues and has over 20 years’ experience working in the media. She is passionate about environmental education and has a BSc in Biology from Oxford University. 

In 2017 Anna founded her own environmental campaign, Plastic Clever Salcombe, which focuses on reducing single-use plastics and empowering children to make a change. In 2020, she joined the Integrity Council for Provenance, which aims to combat greenwashing and create standards that better enable transparency.

Associate Journalism Lecturer, Anna Turns, says: “I’m really thrilled to publish my book, especially since scientists recently confirmed that chemical pollution had gone beyond planetary boundaries. Action is urgently needed and that involves all of us, from citizens and consumers to business leaders and politicians.

“During this climate crisis, the way we tell these stories is crucial and that’s something I’m exploring with my journalism students at Marjon – so many of them have an interest in environmental issues which is great to see. By the time they graduate they’ll feel well-equipped to weave these issues into their writing or broadcasts in an eloquent, and empowering, way. That’s the goal!”

Go Toxic Free retails at £14.99 and was published by Michael O’Mara books, a publishing house based in London. 

Marjon’s Journalism course scored 100% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021. Find out why at our next open day.

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