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Rupert Read: Facing Up To Climate Reality
June 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
We are used to hearing that the climate crisis is serious, but still tractable if we start acting on it soon. The reality is different.
Things are going to get much worse, for a long time, whatever we now do – though hardly anyone wants to admit it.
Facing Up To Climate Reality, a book from the Green House collective, offers climate honesty. The time for focusing primarily on mitigation is over. We now need to adapt to the dark reality of climate breakdown. But this means a deep reframing of our entire way of life. The book explores how transformative adaptation might enable us to confront escalating climate chaos while not giving up hope.
Facing up to Climate Reality is a book for those brave enough to abandon the illusion of continuing normality, and embark on a harder, truer journey.
Rupert Read – who has an essay featured in the book – will be joining us at the Book Hive to discuss our perilous position, teetering between catastrophe and hope. Rupert, an academic, is a Green Party campaigner and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. He is currently a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, where he has been awarded funding for two projects on ‘natural capital’. In 2018, Rupert famously refused to publically debate a climate change denier on the BBC, leading to a change in the broadcasters’ policy that means they no longer present the views of climate change deniers.
The evening will consist of a reading and an ‘open Q&A’ between Rupert and the audience – an important opportunity to discuss the themes and implications of Facing Up To Climate Reality together, as a community.
6:30pm start (doors approx. 6:15pm-ish)