CLIMATE CATASTROPHE - The case for rebellion

Outline of a lecture given by Dr. Rupert Read on February 6, 2019 at the University of East Anglia.

Dr. Rupert Read is a professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia (UEA), a highly ranked research University in the U.K. He works closely with environmental scientists at UEA, chairs the Green House think-tank, and appears periodically on BBC programs. About two weeks ago he gave a lecture at UEA that can be seen on youtube, and I've included a detailed outline here that may be useful whether or not you care to sit through the lecture. (A PDF of the outline is also attached.)

The opening words of the lecture are pretty interesting so I'll reproduce them exactly:

"There is no way to sugar-coat this. This is not a drill. This is not an academic exercise. This is about whether we - and especially anyone younger than about 30 or 40 in this room - has a future."

Another quote:

"On the Paris trajectory we are headed towards 4°C or 5, something like that - and that is not compatible with civilization as we know it."


"REBEL! THE TIME IS NOW FOR NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION." [...] The governments committing us to oblivion - planning for the self-destruction the societies they depend upon - are no longer legitimate.

Not without good reason, Dr. Read advocates that people join the April 15th International Extinction Rebellion which, so far, seems likely to be a large force in Europe but may have some presence in the U.S.

To the lecture.. After an opening summary, the lecture commences: