The Coleridge Lectures: What a green government could do if it really tried
25 February 2015, 6.00 PM - 25 February 2015, 7.30 PM
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
David Cameron promised his government would be the greenest government ever. George Monbiot says he’s failed – and failed badly. There’s clearly a need for radical change. But what could a green government do if it really wanted to be green? George Monbiot looks at what a green government’s programmes and policy could be examining,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 Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol and Bristol 2015. It is part of The Romantic Poets and Bristol programme, which celebrates the life of Thomas Chatterton, Hannah More, William Wordsworth, Coleridge and others in the city, and Bristol as the place where Romanticism was born with the first publication of the Lyrical Ballads. The programme focuses especially on nature and the emotions, place and the environment, and also looks at Bristol as a city for science, philosophy, ideas and political debate at the time of Coleridge and today. The 2015 theme is Radical Green. Future themes are: Utopias (2016); Revolution (2017) and Peace (2018).
This event is free to attend and open to all, but booking is required. Click on the booking link HERE. Please note booking opens 14 January 2015.
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Other events in the Coleridge Lectures series
17 February 2014: Kathleen Jamie - Poetry, the land and nature
23 February 2015: Anna Coote - Green and social justice
26 March 2015: Andrew Kelly - Animals in the fraternity of universal nature
2 April 2015: Melissa Harrison - Reimagining the city