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Rupert Read, teacher, author, blogger and Green campaigner.Hi, I’m Rupert, and this, my site, gives you a way in to the things that I, probably like you, care about.

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.

Most recently, I have been a frequent spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and I am a member of their political liaison team. This has involved meetings with senior politicians from across the political spectrum; including the environment secretary and shadow chancellor. I have represented Extinction Rebellion on national radio and television, including on Radio 4's Today Program and on the BBC's Politics Live.

Previously, I was a spokesperson, national parliamentary candidate, European parliamentary candidate and councillor for the Green Party of England and Wales. I continue to be active in Green Party politics to this day.

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.

Latest writings

Why I Was Willing to be Arrested, Protesting Against Tufton Street Climate Deniers

The climate and ecological emergency consuming the world, usually, defies the imagination. It is so life-altering yet so gradual – exploiting the human tendency to ignore things that are radically outside our own experience.

Yet, thanks to the Coronavirus, we have been given a small taste of what is to come. The short COVID-19 pandemic is like an accelerated version of the long climate emergency. The UK’s vulnerability has been exposed, along with the incompetence of its Government, and the generosity of its people.

A letter to real power: a letter to us

When I heard that Culture Declares emergency was organising a series of ‘Letters to Power’, I thought to myself: “Rupert, you should probably write one”. You see, I have spent much of my life attempting to talk to, persuade, even beg those with power - our elected leaders, heads of banks and businesses, big organisations or media companies, for example. I have written many, many letters to power before.