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Dear Indy: A Father’s Plea for Climate Action is a clarion call to humanity to look inside itself and see the damage our species is inflicting on the natural world, the animals that share our incredible planet, and how this is affecting our societies and leading, ultimately, to the sixth extinction, that will likely include us.

The book takes us on a journey around the world to see how the climate crisis is already impacting our planet and where we are heading on our current trajectory. From natural disasters barreling through cities and deluges destroying crops, heatwaves killing thousands and wildfires killing billions of animals, the book looks at the risks we face from ignoring the threat of climate change and biodiversity loss. It also highlights the threat of both economic and societal collapse. The impacts humanity is having on the natural world are described and our treatment of non-human animals is detailed with links being made between the future of ecosystems and our own.

Our systems and their impact on the natural world are analyzed before detailed consideration is given to our societies and how they have been distorted by our quest for glorious eternal growth. From rampant income inequality to the global north’s theft of the south’s resources and wealth, the question is raised, “Why are we continuing on this ecocidal path that only enriches a few, at the expense of us all?” The systems in place to ensure this happens and stand in the way of meaningful change are discussed and then the book goes back in time to the start of the inequality and the beginning of our thirst for greed. We then travel through time, stopping briefly to identify key events and salient individuals that have led us to the precipice we currently inhabit.

Finally, the book looks at solutions that our elites are pushing us towards in order to continue the march towards “progress” and it then looks at alternative solutions that would benefit the masses, rather than the few, while simultaneously allowing us to remain within our carbon budget and give the forests and oceans a chance to bounce back from the brink.

About the author

Simon Whalley is a forty-three-year-old husband and father to a ten-year-old son. He is originally from Wales but has spent the past twenty years in Asia where he has bought and sold Vespas, worked in the Vietnamese shipping industry, and taught English at every level from kindergarten to university in Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan. He has a masters degree in teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) and currently teaches English at an International Baccalaureate (IB) School on an island in the Seto Sea, Japan. Here, with his wife and son, he looks after a former mandarin farm which is being turned into an organic food forest. He was a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Japan and is a contributing author to Commondreams.org.

Sample Chapters

Bringers of Death


I met Simon when we were both trying to get Extinction Rebellion Japan off the ground a few years ago. I was instantly impressed by his commitment to save our world from Extinction. When I started reading his book, I thought I would not learn a lot because I had already read and seen so much about this topic. I was wrong. Simon's book is a masterpiece of courage to tell the truth about how devastated our world is and the fundamental reasons it is so. It is not a light book that will polish the reality. It is a hard book substantiated by hard data, that I challenge you to read to fully understand the state of our planet, the probable fate of our civilization and some possible ways to escape human annihilation. Will you rise to the challenge?
Vincent Valdmann MBA
Loving father and husband who cares about our planet and all its inhabitants.
We truly hope for a brighter future and hoping achieves nothing. We need more people out there using their voice to herd our hearts into action. Dear Indy is a call to arms against humanity's ignorance and apathy.
Sean Richards PhD
I recently had the privilege to read this book written by my friend Simon Whalley. His book on climate change is the most up to date and comprehensive that I have read on the topic. The sheer number of facts and examples included is astounding, and it is remarkably well researched. He makes it easy for us to see how everything is interconnected and how our actions have led to the dire situation we are in today. There is still hope though. We cannot go down without a fight!
Kim Bardoel

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    Messages for potential publishers and literary agents

    "After seeing Simons video and reading excerpts from his book, it seems that this book needs to be published. We need clear direction at this perilous moment in time and any help is gratefully received. This book is the help."
    "I would very much like to see this book published. It addresses an important subject that is vital to the future of our planet’s sustainability. I have recently become familiar with Simon Whalley’s writings and am very impressed. I feel that he has the ability to reach many hearts and minds by sharing his knowledge in an engaging read. Knowledge leads to compassion, coexistence and change."
    Donna Lee
    "Please publish Dear Indy! Climate change is an emergency we have known about for well over 3 decades. Time for many humans and other species has ALREADY run out. Will we act fast enough to help save the rest - and begin a new way of life that respects our one and only life support system, this beautiful Planet Earth?"
    "I have known Simon since Secondary school. His heart and soul has gone into global warming, saving animals and our planet. Pity we all weren't like Simon. The world would be a kinder place. Would be so lovely to see his book being published."

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