29 Facts About Rupert Read


Rupert Read was born on 1966 and is an academic and a Green Party campaigner and a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.


In further work, Rupert Read has theorised the utility of the precautionary principle in a wide range of areas, including: climate change, the environment, as well as financial and technology sectors.


In June 2018, Rupert Read triggered a BBC policy shift by publicly refusing to debate with a climate change denier.


In October 2018, Rupert Read declared his support for Extinction Rebellion.


Rupert Read was part of the five members of the group invited to meet with Environment Secretary Michael Gove to discuss their demands.


Rupert Read commented regularly through the Eastern Daily Press "One World Column" for five years.


Rupert Read was formerly chair of the Green House thinktank, a former Green Party spokesperson for transport and former East of England party co-ordinator.


Rupert Read studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, before undertaking postgraduate studies in the United States at Princeton University and Rutgers University.


Rupert Read is a reader at the University of East Anglia, specialising in philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy, previously having taught at Manchester.


Rupert Read has authored many books, including: Kuhn, Applying Wittgenstein, Philosophy for Life, There is No Such Thing as a Social Science, Wittgenstein Among the Sciences, A Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes, and A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment.


Rupert Read has two chapters titled "Making the Best of Climate Disasters" and "Geoengineering as a Response to the Climate Crisis" in the Green House think-tank book: Facing up to Climate Reality.


Rupert Read has co-created other books including Debating Nature's Value.


Rupert Read was one of five contributors, including Nassim Nicholas Taleb, to a paper entitled "The Precautionary Principle "; this paper has been downloaded approximately a quarter of a million times.


Rupert Read sat on the Joint Highways Committee of the city and county councils, and was spokesperson on Transport for the Green Party city councillors.


Rupert Read stepped down from local politics in 2011 and Wensum was retained by the Green Party.


Rupert Read stood as MP candidate for Cambridge in the 2015 general election.


Rupert Read has given many talks to Green Party organisations including the Ealing Green Party in March 2019.


In February 2019, Rupert Read joined school strikers at the Forum Library in Norwich and subsequently gained media coverage for his own personal open letter to schools in Norwich urging them to be supportive of action from students.


In October 2018 Rupert Read declared himself a supporter of Extinction Rebellion, an environmental direct action group, becoming a signatory of their first and second open letters to The Guardian and taking part in at least one of their November actions in London.


In 2019, Rupert Read spoke to the Bath wing of Extinction Rebellion in a talk entitled "Your money or your life" which focused on biodiversity, pollution, and climate change before exploring practical options around responding to the climate and ecological 'emergencies'.


Rupert Read played a major role in the April 2019 Extinction Rebellion in London.


Additionally, Rupert Read was personally involved in meeting Environment Secretary Michael Gove at DEFRA where he put forward Extinction Rebellion's demands and concerns directly to the government.


In July 2020, Rupert Read published a collection of essays entitled Extinction Rebellion: Insights from the Inside about his experiences of being involved in Extinction Rebellion from its inception in 2018 up until the Covid pandemic.


Rupert Read is no longer a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, as he refuses to speak to any Murdoch-owned outlets "until climate change is front page news," and he felt that this stance would weaken his ability to be an efficient spokesperson for the activist organisation going forward.


Rupert Read is involved in creating a 'moderate flank' of climate activism, arguing that whilst Extinction Rebellion has been extremely successful in elevating climate change as a political and social issue, some of its tactics risk isolating people.


Rupert Read was a regular contributor to the One World Column in the EDP, focusing on international development, poverty, globalisation, peacemaking, human rights, international relations and the environment.


Rupert Read has had various articles appear in The Independent, The Guardian, and The Conversation.


Rupert Read is co-founder of the Leave our Kids Alone campaign, which seeks a ban on all advertising targeting children under 11.


Rupert Read has developed, on the basis of his research in political and environmental philosophy, a radical proposal for institutional reform, to provide a place in the UK's democratic system for a voice for future people.