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#260: Rupert Read meets Sustainababble


Rupert Read is an author, philosopher, and activist, perhaps best known for his prominent role in Extinction Rebellion. He’s written more than a dozen books and his most recent – Why Climate Breakdown Matters – is, well, full on. Full on in that it argues that unless we confront the full horror of the situation we’re in, and the very high likelihood that that situation will unravel towards some sort of societal collapse, then we can’t possibly hope to plot a course towards a liveable future. So yeah, it’s not for the faint hearted, but Rupert’s argument also goes that it’s *only* truth-telling that has had any success in recent years (see e.g. XR and Greta) and that love & compassion has to be at the heart of our response to climate breakdown, which when you think about it, is rather lovely. Apart from the climate breakdown bit. So strap in for a bracing but powerful chat with a very big brain, who – praise the Lord – seems to think that the Babble isn’t a massive diversion from the task at hand. Get 20% off when you order Rupert’s book from bloomsbury.com and use these discount codes:US orders: BREAK22USUK orders: BREAK22UKCanadian orders: BREAK22CAAustralian/New Zealand orders: BREAK22AU Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.


21 Aug 2022

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This Civilisation is Finished with Rupert Read


This episode I'm joined by Rupert Read is an academicand a Green Party  campaigner and a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion). In this  episode we discuss the end of civilization, collapse, sustainable energy  and more...   Read's site: https://rupertread.net ---    Become part of the Hermitix community:    Hermitix Twitter - https://twitter.com/Hermitixpodcast Support Hermitix:    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/hermitix Donations: - https://www.paypal.me/hermitixpod Hermitix Merchandise - http://teespring.com/stores/hermitix-2 Bitcoin Donation Address: 3LAGEKBXEuE2pgc4oubExGTWtrKPuXDDLK  Ethereum  Donation Address: 0x31e2a4a31B8563B8d238eC086daE9B75a00D9E74


22 Jun 2022

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Episode 72: Transformative Adaptation with Rupert Read and Morag Gamble

Sense-making in a Changing World

In this episode of Sense-Making in a Changing World show,  it is my delight to welcome Rupert Read - public scholar and climate activist. He is based in England, but I spoke to him in France where he was leading a residency on eco-spirituality and the moderate flank (something you’ll hear more about) Rupert Read is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and co-founder of the Green Activists Network, GreensCAN. He is the author of several books, including This Civilisation is Finished and Parents for a Future. His new book, Why Climate Breakdown Matters, is due to be published in the summer.  The book he is working on with  Permanent Publications is about Transformative Adaptation. He has also written for The Guardian, The independent, The Ecologist, Permaculture Magazine, Resilience (and many more) and a frequent guest on BBC radio and TV. He was part of the group that catalysed the British governments declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency and a reviewer of the recent IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) report - one he describes as the scariest yet.In the show we talk about  Transformative Adaptation, the Great Turning - and how we can turn faster, taking action vs being an activist, Thrutopia - stories that can help us through the changes and disruptions that are our new normal, the kinds of messages that shine through the fear, despair and overwhelm.Rupert says, our world needs a positive and radical change - quickly - emergency transformative adaptation. Civilisation as we know it is over, but collapse is not inevitable. We need a new way of thinking, about politics, about philosophy, and about our role in the world - something like a permaculture rebellion of [pr]activism myceliating rapidly everywhere. And for Australian listeners, he offers some encouragement for voters in the coming Federal election.This show, Sense-Making in a Changing World, is hosted and sponsored by my organisation Permaculture Education Institute and our globally recognised Permaculture Educators Program . I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the unceded lands from which I’m speaking with you, the Gubbi Gubbi, and pay my deep respect to their elders past present and emerging. I’d like to recognise their deep care for this land, the waters, air and biodiversity.Please leave a lovely review (it helps the bots to find our little podcast).And finally, I’d love for you to share this with a friend or group to open conversations for positive practical change.Morag GambleCEO/Founder, This podcast is supported by Permaculture Education Institute - teaching permaculture teachers globally. We host courses, and free film club and masterclass events. Watch Sense-Making in a Changing World on youtube We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live work and play and pay or respects to elders past and present.


4 May 2022

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Transformative Connection: Mapping the way through with Thrutopia's originator: Rupert Read

Accidental Gods

Nobody can doubt now that we're in the midst of the climate and ecological emergency: doom scrolling is now a national sport.  But if we think about doom, that's what we'll get and most of us would prefer that we had a way through to a future we'd be proud to leave behind. It's up to us to make this happen and Professor Rupert Read, with his long history of climate action through the Green Party, Extinction Rebellion and his writing, is well placed to make this happen. He's also the originator of the name, 'Thrutopia' - laying out the need for a Thrutopian genre in the Huffington Post back in 2017.  As we head towards the Thrutopia Masterclass and endeavour to make this happen, Rupert and Manda discuss the need for this genre and how it might look and feel. Thrutopia Masterclass: https://thrutopia.life Rupert's Website: https://rupertread.netRupert's Paper: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rupert-read/thrutopia-why-neither-dys_b_18372090.html/IPCC report: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/downloads/report/IPCC_AR6_WGII_SummaryForPolicymakers.pdfUrsula le Guin: The Dispossessed: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-dispossessed/9781473228412Lawyers for net zero https://www.lawyersfornetzero.comClimate Emergency Centres network https://climateemergencycentre.co.ukMothership https://mothership.sg/2021/09/climate-crisis-halimah/Guardian article on fish: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/17/trawling-for-fish-releases-as-much-carbon-as-air-travel-report-finds-climate-crisis


13 Apr 2022

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Rupert Read on nonviolence, the climate crisis and the power of emotions

The Sacred

Elizabeth Oldfield speaks to public intellectual and author Rupert Read.Rupert is an associate professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is author of over a dozen books on philosophy and the climate crisis, and he was previously a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. As part of that movement, he took part in many mass protests, and he was arrested while protesting climate change denying think tanks. He speaks about his sacred value of nonviolence, which has inspired many of those actions, the role of philosophy in public conversations, and how he navigates the emotional fallout of thinking a lot about the climate emergency. You can read a full transcript here: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2022/01/19/rupert-read-on-nonviolence-the-climate-crisis-and-the-power-of-emotions


19 Jan 2022

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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