In the media

April 22nd, 2023.

What is the Climate Majority Project? |  Sky News

Interview on Sky News to discuss The Big One and the Climate Majority Project.

Watch the full interview here.

April 20th, 2023.

Disruptive protest discussion | Newsnight

In advance of The Big One in London, I was asked on BBC’s Newsnight programme with Indigo Rumbelo.

You can watch the full interview here.

Mar 18th, 2023.

Climate Change Corner: Professor Rupert Read On UEA And The Climate Crisis | Concrete UEA

Q&A interview with George Barsted.

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Feb 8th, 2023.

How a soaring deficit brutalised UEA’s modernising ambitions | Times Higher Education

“There was a really sudden set of announcements. It seemed to come from nowhere.”

Read the full article (paywalled) here.

Jan 18th, 2023.

Opinion | Is Peak Climate Alarmism Behind Us? By David Wallace-Wells | The New York Times

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Jan 3rd, 2023.

Tuesday briefing: Why Extinction Rebellion is giving up on disruption | The Guardian

In a recent episode of the Accidental Gods podcast, Rupert Read, who helped to launch XR and who is now one of the most prominent voices of the wider “moderate flank”, put it like this: “The greatest compliment we can pay now to what we accomplished in Extinction Rebellion and the other parts of the radical flank in 2019 … is to exploit it fully, to encourage and enable a far larger group of people to march through the widened Overton window.”

Read the full article here.

Dec 16th, 2022.

Not What You’d Expect in a Democracy.’ How Britain Is Waging War Against Climate Protesters | TIME

“Most people do not realize how extreme a piece of legislation this is,” says Rupert Read, a British environmental campaigner and co-director of the Moderate Flank Incubator, a climate advocacy group. “The bill, and the extreme authoritarianism of it, has not cut through.”

Read the full article here.

Dec 1st, 2022.

Endless debates about soup and paintings serve those who’d prefer we ignore the climate crisis by Zoe Williams | The Guardian

Rupert Read, one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, introduced the idea of a “moderate flank”. He argued for civil disobedience on a mass scale, and considered what that would have to look like in order to draw in the millions of supporters it would need.

Read the full column here.

Nov 20th, 2022.

A father pens a message to his son on the climate crisis: ‘I tried my best’ | The Japan Times

Major names in global climate discourse, including authors Sailesh Rao and Rupert Read, have endorsed Whalley’s book, convincing him that he can add value to the conversation. Public speaking commitments are now lining the schedule.

Read the full story here.

Nov 10th, 2022.

UEA Lecturer launches climate film alongside COP27 |

“What I want people to feel is disturbed,” said Dr Read. “It’s grief, it’s horror, it’s fear, possibly anger.”

But it was important to him that the film ended on an inspirational note. “Our initial model was a pure doom model” he said, but as they worked through the writing they decided to include a more transformational ending. Dr Read wants people to feel “determination, maybe a little bit of joy, certainly a kind of potential active hope.”

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Nov 8th, 2022.

Interview: ‘This civilization as we know it is finished’ | Morning Star

Ian Sinclair speaks to Professor Rupert Read about his new book Why Climate Breakdown Matters and its apocalyptic predictions.

Read the interview, here.

Oct 26th, 2022.

Climate activists defend law-breaking tactics as Just Stop Oil protests continue | The Independent

Rupert Read, a professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia who helped set up Extinction Rebellion, said the first major wave of protests in April 2019 “achieved something dramatic and extraordinary, a real increase in climate consciousness”.

However, he argued that while he sympathises with Just Stop Oil’s message, he believes a more moderate approach is now needed.

Click here to read the story.

Oct 26th, 2022.

Today with Nick Robinson | BBC Radio 4.

Listen to an edit of the show here.

Oct 26th, 2022.

Nicky Campbell | BBC Radio 5 Live

Listen to an edit of the show here.

Oct 24th, 2022.

Green activists split over radical tactics of Just Stop Oil | The Times

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Oct 13th, 2022.

The new climate movement is here and it’s PR’s turn to help make it happen | PR Week

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Sept 4th, 2021

Beyond XR: Could government failure at Cop26 fire the starting gun on a brave green future? | By Harry Cockburn, The Independent

He says: “XR have done extremely well … in bringing attention to this vital issue and to their immediate demand,” for an immediate end to all new fossil fuel investments.

“They’ve managed to do this with relatively low numbers. XR is really punching way above its weight, which is impressive.”

But Read concedes XR is “not on a growth trajectory” and “the numbers are clearly much lower than during the October 2019 rebellion”.

Read the full article here.

Aug 9th, 2021

‘People who care are people who can afford to’ Christys rages at climate change lecturing | Express.

Professor Read replied by admitting he was suspicious as to why GB News was making this argument despite their wealthy backing support.

He also went on to argue that climate change was a significant issue now and would impact everyone eventually.

He said: “Your concern at GB News for the poor is touching.

To read the full story click here.

Feb 1st, 2020

JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is threat to human race | The Guardian

Its report was obtained by Rupert Read, an Extinction Rebellion spokesperson and philosophy academic at the University of East Anglia, and has been seen by the Guardian.

Read the full story here.

Nov 8th, 2019

Extinction Rebellion plan 12 days of Christmas protests – London set for more chaos | Express

Spokesman Rupert Read said the upcoming protests would be aimed at politicians rather than members of the public.

Mr Read said: “We want to be pressuring politicians and candidates all around the country to do the right thing and prioritise climate action.

“This has to be the climate election.

“The parliament that gets elected next month could potentially sit for the next five years, which will be crucial in reducing carbon emissions.”

Read the full story here.

Oct 19th, 2019

Question Time: Julia Hartley-Brewer slammed for ‘quasi-religious death cult’ barb | Mirror.

Mrs Hartley-Brewer clashed with Extinction Rebellion spokesman Rupert Read after he issued a warning about the unfolding climate catastrophe on the BBC debate show last night.

Read the full article here.