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Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips is the Co-founder of sustainability comms agency, Beautiful Corporations, and former advisor at the United Nations Climate Secretariat. He makes videos about climate change as Climate Gentleman.

Matthew Phillips (AKA Climate Gentleman) makes videos about sustainability and boldly blogs about related subjects.

Matthew and the team are currently producing their debut video: An Introduction to Climate Gentleman.

"Let's drink with the world; not from it."


Don't Back Trump Into A Corner Over Climate Change

I am not suggesting that we blinker ourselves to the prospect of Trump's regime - and, in particular, to the appointment Scott Pruitt as Head of the Environmental Protection Agency - but before the official inauguration, I believe we should hold our nerve.
11/12/2016 21:57 GMT

Give Us Back Our Heroes: How the Digital Era Brought Us Too Close to Our Stars

In an age when social media reigns supreme and our celebrities are subjected to having their nude, private photographs gleefully circulated online without their permission, it is important to be reminded that, once upon a time, some public figures were beyond the public's grasp. This separation allowed space for stories to emerge and idols to be born.
29/10/2014 15:19 GMT

I Might Be Pro-Sustainability, But If You Ever Call Me 'Green' I Will Chop You In Half

I was recently in <em>Caffé Nero</em> - don't ask - with a group of environmentally-conscious friends when someone asked, "would you consider yourself a 'Green'?" Everyone raised their hands in agreement, but I could only look on, disgusted, before blurting out, "I am definitely NOT a 'Green'!" Not since watching George Michael's sorry performance at the Olympics Closing Ceremony have I experienced such an acute sense of revulsion.
11/09/2013 11:55 BST

Now That the Party is Over, Musical Reasons to Be Cheerful in 2013

Well, dream on dreamers. The most we can expect from 2013 is the onslaught a triple-dip recession and a new series of Downton Abbey. Admittedly, the latter eventuality is not entirely disagreeable, but one can't base their sole raison d'etre on a BBC period drama.
10/01/2013 12:57 GMT

Music and the English Language: I Don't Mean to Sound Slutty, but Please use Me Whenever You Want. Sincerely, Grammar

What vexes me most is not that these artists are indolently committing crimes against the English language, but that they are wasting a hallowed opportunity. Words add depth, colour and personality to a song. In fact, they become even more powerful when projected onto a musical backdrop, which is why I shudder when lyricists make a conscious decision to rhyme nonsensical syllables.
25/10/2012 15:26 BST

Take Off Those Sunglasses Bono - You Look Ridiculous

Where my clemency for sunglasses begins to wither however, is when artists, particularly singers, wear their ocular devices with a perpetuity that is offensive. No one is guiltier of this crime than the prophet Bono.
11/10/2012 11:30 BST

The Music Industry is Dead But I Still Want a Record Deal

So, why is it that, unlike my fellow comrades assembled around me in this café, I still desire, nay, demand, a record contract? After all, I can still create my music and release it on a plethora of digitally-based platforms. I don't need the permission of one of the music industry's behemoth labels to be a musician, do I?
02/10/2012 17:20 BST

I am on Twitter and I Need to be Loved

It can't be denied that Twitter has completely redefined the relationship between performers and their fans. Once upon a time, our glitterati were untouchable and infallible. Nowadays, one is likely to receive a personal invitation from Peter Doherty with instructions to burgle his house, graffiti his walls and scandalise his personal bidet.
26/09/2012 17:26 BST

I Am a Frontman and I Have a License to Offend

It seems to me that frontmen principally fall into two categories: the cloyingly modest or the intolerably arrogant. Rarely is a perfect balance struck between these stereotypes and, more frequently, we find artists yo-yoing between the two like unhinged schizophrenics.
20/09/2012 08:40 BST

To Hell With Being Meaningful; Performance is About Presentation

My band, Kites, once had a slogan, which read 'All style; no substance'. At the time, this mantra was designed to be facetious. You see, I have unveiled contempt for performers who are so consumed by their own highfalutin that they forget to create a show for their audience.
11/09/2012 23:55 BST

I Think I Smell a Rat!

For the purposes of this article, I am prepared to be uncharacteristically candid: I compulsively read my reviews and, what's more, I naively look at all the public comments.
02/09/2012 20:45 BST