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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

OPINION: G7 leaders must rise to challenge of climate change

The G7 group of rich countries’ leaders is meeting in Cornwall.

Why care what’s happening with some bigwigs at the other end of this country?

It’s true that, just as East Anglia is as far east as you can get in England, Cornwall is the furthest point west. But I figure it’s worth travelling all the way. Because this is the world come to England. Because this is the first time the G7 has been held here for 16 years. And because this is a year like no other…

How we will free ourselves together by adapting, transformatively, to climate breakdown

“This then is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed - to liberate themselves and their oppressor as well. The oppressors who oppress, exploit and rape by virtue of their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves.  Only power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both.”   - Paulo Friere.