Professor Cathy Rowett and I are giving a talk next month on April 17th called ‘A Short History of Philosophy with a radical (green) edge’. Cathy was the Green Party candidate in South Norfolk, and I stood in Cambridge. It should be an interesting afternoon and its free to attend!
I recently put on a series of public lectures at UEA on the philosophy behind the ‘Precautionary Principle’.
If you are interested in what I think is a fundamentally essential part of green philosophy, then you can access full audio podcasts of the lectures here:
The Guardian recently reported that two fifths of the NHS budget is currently going towards medical care for the over-65s. This comes at a time when the state retirement age is set to incrementally increase for the foreseeable future. The cruel irony of this is that those who are expected to work longer are often pushed into unsuitable, low skilled and precarious work, which often exacerbates and causes those very health problems that are increasing. It seems clear that government’s insouciant drive to supress the unemployment figures is failing older people.Increased life expectancy need not lead to those who are clearly unable to work 40 hour weeks being forced down this route. Instead, we need to be enabling people to take up optional voluntary work that empowers them to help leave a legacy, undertake fulfilling activities, and provide a benefit to society. Due to the government’s austerity programme, the voluntary sector is perhaps now more important than it has been for a long while. Clearly we must adopt a set of policies that help to alleviate this situation. The attached piece is one such suggestion of how this might be done, authored by the ever-bright-idea’d Kim Sanders-Fisher:
Wed 6th and Thurs 7th April 2016
This two-day workshop aims at exploring the current philosophical and ethnomethodological investigations of society. This workshop is organised around two hours session per speaker, with at least half of it dedicated to discussion and exchanges with participants.
DAY 1 – 6th April 2016
13.30 Welcome and registration
13.50 : Introduction to the workshop
14.00-16.00 Joint Session: Metaphors that frame and pictures that restrain. Cognitive Linguistics, Wittgensteinian Philosophy and the Pitfalls of Neglecting the Metaphilosophy? Phil Hutchinson (MMU) and Rupert Read (University of East Anglia)
16.00-18.00 (Mis)communication in interaction Chi-He Elder (UEA)
DAY 2 – 7th April 2016
10.00 – 12.00 Is there any such thing as social science evidence? Martin Hammersley (Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research, The Open University, Milton Keynes)
13.30 – 15.30 Sociology as a mismatch between problems and attempted solutions – Leonidas Tsilipakos, Greece.
16.00 – 18.00 Joint Session: Open Session / Wes Sharrock (University of Manchester) and Bob Anderson (University of Nottingham)
18.00 – 18.30 Conclusion and Perspective
Seminar Room 5.02 – New Business School
Manchester Metropolitan University
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr Phil Hutchinson
Free of charge, mandatory registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday 28th of February the Green Party of England & Wales became the first UK-wide political party to vote ‘Rights of Nature’ into their policies. The motion was passed overwhelmingly by the conference floor.
Rights of Nature is a growing environmental movement calling for new legal tools to be developed to defend nature’s ecosystems. Central to this is the rejection of market valuations of nature and the recognition that nature will only be protected if we respect its innate value in law.
The proposer, Atus Mariqueo-Russell said:
‘With the adoption of Rights of Nature, the Green Party is once again at the forefront of advocating for exciting new ecological laws.’
‘In 2012 our conference passed a motion supporting the development of an international law of ecocide, and rights of nature is very much in the same vein as this.’
The co-proposer Rupert Read, a philosopher of science and ecology at the University of East Anglia, and Green candidate for Cambridge in the 2015 General Election, said:
‘Rights of Nature is a new way of conceptualizing our relationship with nature. What we are looking at here is no less than a fundamental paradigm shift away from the toxic perception of nature as an object to be consumed’.
Molly Scott-Cato, Green MEP for South West England and green economist, said:
‘It’s very exciting to see our Party leading the way as usual: Rights of Nature, as the people of Ecuador and other radical South American democracies know from first-hand experience, is an idea whose time has come.’