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Oxford Debate. Extinction Rebellion Protests: Were they Justified?

Toby Young and Rupert Read Chaired by Stephen Law

Sunday, 29 March 2020

4:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Journalist Toby Young and Green Party campaigner Rupert Read look at civil disobedience and the recent Extinction Rebellion climate protests and debate whether the protests were justified and proportionate.

Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement that says it uses nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Its 2019 protests brought parts of London and the UK to a halt.

Read is a philosopher, author, Green Party campaigner and a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. He argues that the protests were justified and proportionate. Read was one of five members of a group invited to meet Environment Secretary Michael Gove to discuss their demands. He argues that we are on the edge of ‘catastrophic climate and ecological collapse’. His books include This Civilisation is Finished: Conversations on the End of Empire – and What Lies Beyond.

Young, writer of You have to Laugh at Extinction Rebellion in the Spectator, accuses the movement of being a religious cult that could ‘metastasise into a violent doomsday cult’. He argues that the claim nothing else works is nonsense and that virtually the entire world has signed up to the decarbonisation agenda. Young is currently the London associate editor at Quillette. His books include the memoirs The Sound of No Hands Clapping and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT 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 Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese