George Monbiot Lecture: What a Green Government Could do if it Really Tried
Wed 25 February 2015, 18.00-19.30, Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
David Cameron pledged in 2010 that the conservatives would be the ‘greenest government ever’. According to the guardian journalist and environmentalist George Monbiot, he’s failed – and failed badly.
It is clear that radical change needs to happen, but what these changes should be seem elusive in the confusing and often misleading political dialogue. In this upcoming lecture, part of Bristol Festival of Ideas, Monbiot will be exploring what a green government would actually look like. Looking at programmes and policies that could be examined, including among others, food, transport, energy, wildlife, rewilding, nuclear power and climate change and the impact this would have on individuals, communities, cities and the world. He presents the case he would make to parliament, the country, and the international negotiations on climate change.
This lecture is part of a new annual series inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s radical lectures in Bristol in 1795. The 2015 series is run in association with the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol and Bristol 2015. Under this year’s theme Radical Green, the programme focuses especially on nature and the emotions, place and the environment.