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Global Unity Radio Episode 2 - Rupert Read, Author, Parents For A Future, Founding Member, Extinction Rebellion

Global Unity Radio

In Global Unity Radio Episode 2, we have another System Changer Spotlight session recorded live on Clubhouse, featuring Professor Rupert Read, ecological philosopher, and climate campaigner, who helped launch Extinction Rebellion, and authored Parents for a Future, supporting a movement by the same name.Rupert also coauthored work on the Precautionary Principle with Nassim Taleb, has written for The Guardian and The Independent, and has been featured on numerous BBC programs multiple times. He has served two terms as a Green Party Councillor and his This Civilization Is Finished talk received over 100,000 views. His academic background covers a wide variety of philosophical inquiries including the philosophies of science, literature, film, mental health, language and more. Learn more about Rupert at https://www.RupertRead.net/ And pick up Parents For A Future and join the movement at https://www.parentsforafuture.org/. Like, share, and subscribe, and let's unite humanity, together. www.GlobalUnity.org

1hr 32mins

22 Jul 2021

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Avatar (2009) (with Rupert Read)


The politics and proxies of James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar provide the focus for Chris and Alex in Episode 76, as they plug into Pandora to make sense of the relationships between the film’s ecological sensibilities and its technological prowess. Joining them is Rupert Read, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia who specialises in everything from the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein to the contemporary climate crisis. Rupert was also a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion (authoring the 2020 book Extinction Rebellion: Insights from the Inside), and was a Green Party councillor from 2004-2011 (having stood for both national parliamentary and European elections). Topics for this episode include Avatar’s anti-imperialist message and discourses of the post-racial in Obama’s America; racial passing, the politics of motion-capture and what Cameron’s reflexive puppet show says about the ‘state of the art’; fantasies of control, surrogacy, perception and the trust we place in (digital) bodies; blurred formal and stylistic distinctions between live-action/humanity and CG/Na’vi; the act of ‘reverse anthropology’ and Avatar’s claims for the power of ancient wisdoms; the awe of 3D technologies, the meaning of spectacle and links to ritualistic communal viewing experiences; digital farms, new media culture and human/machine connectivity; the material, mineral dimension of our own media consumption and creation, and the carbon footprint of digital backlots; and how in asking what we as spectators are going to do to ‘wake up’, Avatar invites us into a very real politics of ecology and activism.

1hr 3mins

21 Jun 2021

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Centenary Podcast - Rupert Read

Empowered Belonging

Rupert Read is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia and author of the book Parents for the future. He was also a Green Party campaigner and a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. Photo Credits Baroness Susan Kramer | by the House of Commons | CC BY 3.0 Audio Credits Nothing | by Pitx | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


7 Apr 2021

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Episode 118: Interview with Professor Rupert Read, former XR spokesperson, author of Parents for a Future

The Sustainability Agenda

In this thought provoking and spirited interview, Rupert Read shares lessons and insights from his decades long experience as an activist.  Rupert believes that as a society we are facing a  “long emergency” with our entire civilisation at risk—and that nothing less than a complete transformation of our way of life will be necessary to deal with our environmental predicament. He discusses the vital role that Extinction Rebellion is playing in helping to create awareness and change and the importance of citizens assemblies and other bottom up approaches to change. At the heart of his passionate new book, Parents for a Future, Rupert argues that by caring for our own children, we are committed to caring for the whole of human future, and in turn, caring for the future of the natural world. A fascinating interview—and a strongly argued plea for dramatic action and change.Rupert Read is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, an author, a blogger, and a climate and environmental campaigner, including his work as a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. He has written over a dozen books, most recently Parents for A Future. He has also been national parliamentary candidate, European parliamentary candidate and councillor for the Green Party of England and Wales and chaired the ecological think tank Green House. He is a strong advocate for positive, radical change to address the climate emergency, and has argued for the environment extensively in the media, including writings in the Guardian, The Independent and The Ecologist and frequent guest appearances on the radio.


28 Mar 2021

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Parents for A Future: Creating a world we're proud to bequeath to future generations with Rupert Read

Accidental Gods

Professor Rupert Read works in the philosophy department at UEA in Norwich.  He's author of numerous books and a hands-on, sit-in-the-streets climate activist.  His latest book, Parents for a Future is a passionate, beautifully argued clarion call for all of us to do whatever it takes to move us onto a trajectory that will shape the future we need and want for future generations: a future we're proud to leave behind.  This year in particular is a crucial turning point. As we emerge from COVID and move towards COP26 in Glasgow, the decisions we make now will shape this decade, which will shape this century, which will shape this millennium - and the future of the human and more-than-human worlds. You can connect at @parents4afuture and #ParentsforFuture, so head for both of those and see what you can do to make this year the one where we changed. Parents for a Future Book: https://www.parentsforafuture.org/shopRupert's website https://parentsforafuture.org ThruTopia paper: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rupert-read/thrutopia-why-neither-dys_b_18372090.htmlNarrative Ark Television for the future website  https://narrativeark.net

1hr 2mins

10 Mar 2021

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#120 - Rupert Read on Parents For A Future and Extinction Rebellion


Express VPN 12 Months 35% off!! - https://www.xvbelink.com/?a_fid=chatter Rupert Read, a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and author of the wonderful book, Parents For A Future, was my guest on this episode of Chatter. We got into a lot of different topics including his reason for writing the latest book, individual vs collective action on climate change, and the concept of humanity as custodians of the earth. If you haven’t already and you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to this podcast and our mailing list, and don’t forget, my book, Brexit: The Establishment Civil War, is now available for pre-order. You’ll find the links in the description below. ORDER BREXIT:THE ESTABLISHMENT CIVIL WAR HERE Get 25% off podcast hosting with Podiant Order GameStop T-shirts Here! RESOURCES Parents For A Future - https://amzn.to/3pLVS6z Graham Hancock - Fingerprints of the Gods - https://amzn.to/2ZJN9XW https://extinctionrebellion.uk/ https://thejist.co.uk/podcast/chatter-90-professor-john-barry-on-the-northern-ireland-paradox-and-the-global-climate-movement/ https://rupertread.net/ https://twitter.com/RupertRead Follow us on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our mailing list here to get information on my upcoming book, Brexit: The Establishment Civil War. Music from Just Jim - https://soundcloud.com/justjim


23 Feb 2021

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Rupert Read discusses Philosophy Public Lecture Series 2021: Bad News is Good News? The Upside of Down

ClimateGenn hosted by Nick Breeze (formerly Shaping The Future)

In this episode of Shaping The Future, I am speaking to philosopher, author and climate activist Professor Rupert Read. Rupert has organised the ‘Philosophy Public Lecture Series 2021: Bad News is Good News? The Upside of Down’ The series seeks to ask if there is any silver lining from the tragedy of Covid and what can be learned in the context of living through ecological break-down. Here we discuss some of the underlying themes and also what exactly is meant by the term ‘transformational adaptation’. Other participants include the author of The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh, as well Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet, and Sophie Scott-Brown, Nick Brooks and Joanne Clark. To register for the series you can get tickets for free from the University of East Anglia website which I have linked to here. Thanks for listening to Shaping The Future. Do subscribe on any major podcast channel to stay up to date. Event details: Tue 9 February 2021 | 18:15 - 20:15 | Online Silver Linings From the Ecological Emergency - Amitav Ghosh (Author, The Great Derangement) in conversation with Rupert Read (UEA) Tue 23 February 2021 | 18:15 - 20:15 | Online Silver Linings From the National Scandal of Covid-19 - Richard Horton (Editor of the Lancet) Tue 9 March 2021 | 18:15 - 20:15 | Online Making the Most of Our Flawed Education System, At a Time of Global Crisis - Sophie Scott-Brown (UEA) Tue 23 March 2021 | 18:15 - 20:15 | Online Can We Adapt Transformatively To Climate Decline? - Round table discussion: Nick Brooks, Joanne Clarke and Rupert Read (all UEA) UEA Registration: https://store.uea.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-arts-and-humanities/philosophy-public-lecture-series-2021-bad-news-is-good-news-the-upside-of-down


29 Jan 2021

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QA With Rupert Read Hosted By Jem Bendell

Deep Adaptation

Rupert is an academic and a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion UK Links to Rupert's work: Facing up to Climate Reality Extinction Rebellion: Insights from the Inside This civilisation is finished (book) This civilisation is finished: so what is to be done? (lecture).

1hr 3mins

14 Nov 2020

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Rupert Read discusses new book- Extinction Rebellion: Insights From The Inside

ClimateGenn hosted by Nick Breeze (formerly Shaping The Future)

Welcome to Shaping The Future - from pandemic to climate change (More info on the podcast series: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series website here) In this episode, I am speaking with Philosopher and prominent Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, Dr Rupert Read, about his new booked titled, ‘Extinction rebellion: Insights from the inside’. This is a collection of works, including essays, interviews, and internal XR memos, reflecting Rupert’s thoughts on what has been and what next for XR. We discuss key concepts in the book including, how critical this time we are in right now is, and, how each one of us, as individuals and in collective groupings, can find agency to make a difference amid complex and disturbing times. A link to purchase the book is here and proceeds from the book will be donated to Extinction Rebellion. Thanks for listening.


2 Aug 2020

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No More Business as Usual: A second interview with Rupert Read of XR

Accidental Gods

Professor Rupert Read, Green Party activist, XR speaker, and deep adaptation philosopher, speaks openly, deeply - and with a raw, almost unique honesty  - about the dangers of the current time, and the need to turn away from ‘business as usual’ There are times when we need to shock ourselves out of our complacency, when we need to realise how close to the edge of extinction., we are, when we need to step away from the fantasies of ‘business as usual’ and re-appraise the very nature of what it is to be human.  And then to work out how to go forward in ways that are regenerative, compassionate, and that turn towards life. Rupert Read website: http://www.rupertread.net/Rupert - 24 theses on Corona https://medium.com/@rupertjread/24-theses-on-corona-748689919859Rupert’s ‘Pro-energy-descent’ review of Planet of the Humans by Michael Moore - https://medium.com/@rupertjread/review-michael-moores-planet-of-the-humans-by-rupert-read-and-deepak-rughani-723f4deadb10Rupert at Compass Online:  https://www.compassonline.org.uk/the-coronavirus-gives-humanity-one-last-chance-but-for-what-exactly/ Jem Bendell interviewing Joanna Macy-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1wUY6945kYRR and Helena Norberg-Hodge on relocalisation: - http://www.greenhousethinktank.org/uploads/4/8/3/2/48324387/post-growth-localisation_pamphlet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1us740Lkhrk-5DYzrX8SK0wKYbawvWSyJU6bgpoPsxNmPwFZoLeEVxANwOn Being podcast with Resmaa Menakem  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/on-being-with-krista-tippett/id150892556?i=1000476829446

1hr 14mins

17 Jun 2020