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Daniel Raven-Ellison


Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, National Geographic Explorer and founder of the initiative to transform the whole of Greater London into the world's first National Park City in 2019. One vision to inspire a million projects, this new kind of national park will galvanise actions to make the city greener, healthier and wilder. 

A former high school geography teacher, Daniel uses exploration to communicate complex and challenging ideas. Working with National Geographic Partners, Cisco, Emotiv and ESRI, in 2017 Raven-Ellison completed a walk of more than a thousand miles across all of the UK’s 15 national parks and 69 cities, looking for insights to make a future National Park City successful. He did so while wearing an EEG that tracked and mapped his emotions. Daniel has walked across some of the world's largest cities, including Mexico City and Mumbai.

In 2018 Daniel will be completing a 100 metre expedition that will change change how people think about land-use in Britain, making the case for more space being protected for nature.

Daniel is a member of the World Urban Parks Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Committee, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and Salzburg Global Seminar Parks for the Planet Forum. 


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Can London become the world's first National Park City and save itself from air pollution?

Daniel Raven-Ellison on the IGP Challenge 2015