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George Monbiot

How Did We Get Into This Mess? Politics, Equality, Nature

George Monbiot

Saturday, 30 March 2019

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

One of the UK’s best know environmentalists and activists George Monbiot discusses devastation of the natural world, inequality, corporate power, obsessions with growing profit and the decline in political debate – and gives his take on a lack of debate over the proposed Oxford-Cambridge expressway and conurbation.

Monbiot argues that plans for the expressway and development of a million homes between the two great university cities are a striking example of a decision made that the public has no party to. By the time it is up for debate, there is little left to decide. Monbiot argues that the major questions about whether continued growth is desirable in one of the wealthiest regions of the world and the impact of that growth on pollution and climate have already been closed off to debate.

Monbiot has a weekly column in the Guardian. He is author of How Did We Get Into This Mess? Politics, Equality, Nature; Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning; and Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life. He recently helped to found Rewilding Britain, which seeks to redefine people’s relationship to the living world.

This event is part of a series at the festival labelled Pasture to Plate that consider issues around farming, pasture-fed food, rotation of crops, rewilding and rural literature.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer