George Monbiot shows that we are currently destroying our world. We are destroying our natural environment and many plants and species are threatened with extinction. Solidarity is under pressure while inequality, hate and violence are increasing.
During this programme, Monbiot presents an alternative vision. He believes it is time to come up with new ideas; to present a new story based on solidarity and a sense of belonging, and light a path to a better world.
George Monbiot, a British zoologist from origin, has proven to be a versatile journalist, writer and environmentalist. He worked for the BBCand writes weekly op-eds and investigative articles for The Guardian. He wrote several bestsellers such as; Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order.
In his latest book, Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis,Monbiot describes how we are destroying the world we live in. An alarming amount of plants and animals go extinct, while an ideology of extreme competition and individualism rules the world. We tend to overlook the consequences of climate change, and all the risks it poses to our societies.
In his keynote, Monbiot articulates a vision of a better world and shares his idea to create a new kind of politics: a ‘politics of belonging’. After the keynote we will engage in a conversation with him and the audience on his visions on the future. What is needed to safeguard the future and the environment? How can we create a society in which compassion and solidarity are the key features for a better world?
Editor: Anne- Marijn Epker