Welcome...

Rupert Read, teacher, author, blogger and Green campaigner. Hi, I'm Rupert, welcome to my site.

As you have found your way here, I imagine you care about the same things I do. What you will discover, as you click through the various sections, is an introduction to me, my work and many of my passions.

I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, an author, a blogger, and – closest to my heart – a climate and environmental campaigner. I am an author of over a dozen books. Many of my books focus on Wittgensteinian philosophy, others on the climate crisis, and others still on the intersection between the two.

Until recently, I was a frequent spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. Previously, I was a spokesperson, national parliamentary candidate, European parliamentary candidate and councillor for the Green Party of England and Wales. I also formerly chaired the ecological think tank Green House.

I have extensive experience arguing for the environment in media. I have written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Ecologist and many other newspapers and websites. I have also appeared as a frequent guest on Radio 4’s Free Thinking, BBC 2’s Politics Live and several shows on LBC Radio.

I have submitted evidence to parliamentary select committees and provided research briefings to All Party Parliamentary Groups of MPs and Lords. I have met with ministers and shadow ministers and providing briefings to them about the climate crisis and deep green policies.

Our world needs a positive and radical change. We need governments that put our health, wellbeing and shared ecological security before the interests of big business and the pursuit endless economic ‘growth’.

We need action, and soon, against the values of greed and materialism that have placed us upon the precipice of catastrophic climate and ecological collapse. Instead, we need to value the good things about humanity; our ability to share, to care, to have fun, to communicate and to think intelligently and creatively about our own futures.

And we need a new way of thinking, about politics, about philosophy, and about our role in the world. My website contains a collection of my thoughts in these areas. My writings and media appearances address an eclectic mix of issues around the climate and ecological emergencies, and how we ought to respond to them. I hope that you find something here of what you’re looking for.

Yours,

Rupert Read, teacher, author, blogger and Green campaigner.

 

I am co-hosting a course on 'Contemplative Action: Coming from the heart in this ecospiritual moment' at Schumacher College from 17th - 21st May. Find out more by visiting the Schumacher College website!

Latest writings

Post-Brexit Environmental Principles: Government and risky business

 

The UK Government recently carried out a consultation on its Statement of Environmental Principles. The Statement will have legal status through being referred to in the Environment Bill, still slowly making its way through Parliament and now in the House of Lords. This Bill is supposed to repair the damage done by Brexit pulling the UK out of the shared EU arrangements for environmental protection.

The Politics of Paradox

"Imagine electoral politics not just affected by the agenda-shifting caused by the radical flank, but materially-altered by the presence inside it of a growing ‘moderate’ flank." Rupert Read and Laura Baldwin explore the need for a ‘moderate flank’ in climate activism, as exemplified by the Greens Climate Activist Network (GreensCAN).