Environmental philosopher and activist Rupert Read joins Terry to explore the current state of our ecological emergency, its philosophical implications, and our human responses. They probe into what kinds of understanding, spiritual growth, truth-telling, and nonviolent direct action are appropriate now. They also consider the kinds of communication and action that can coincide with rapid transformation, particularly the primal, and still-untapped power of parents’ love for our children.
Rupert Read teaches Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, alongside leading environmental scientists, and he is the author of eight books, including This Civilisation is Finished: Conversations on the End of the Empire and What Lies Beyond. Rupert is a former chair of Green House think tank, a former Green Party of England and Wales councilor, a European parliamentary candidate, and a national parliamentary candidate. He was a national UK spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and is a frequent guest on a range of national UK television and radio programs.
For more information on Rupert Read and Terry Patten, check out the following links:
- Rupert Read’s website
- Rupert’s upcoming course at Schumacher College, Coming from the Heart in this Ecospiritual Moment
- Rupert’s next book, ‘Parents for a future’, out in January 2021
- Download Rupert’s ‘This Civilisation Is Finished’ on a ‘gift economy’ basis
- Rupert on Twitter @GreenRupertRead
- Download Rupert’s ‘XR: Insights from the inside’ on a ‘gift economy’ basis
- Green House’s ‘Facing up to climate reality’ – the free sample chapter available here is Rupert’s, on why geoengineering is reckless
- A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment – Rupert’s work on Avatar
- Rupert’s work on Wittgenstein as a liberatory philosopher
- Rupert writes with Helena Norberg-Hodge here on ‘Post-growth localization
- A New Republic of the Heart
- Terry Patten’s website
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