“It is only recently that the idea that green goes better with blue than red has gained credence and in the philosopher Roger Scruton environmental conservatism has found its most eloquent, intelligent and passionate advocate.” - Julian Baggini, Financial Times, 30 December 2011
In Green Philosophy, Roger Scruton argues that conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. He contends that the environment is one of the most urgent political problems of our age, and sets out principles that should govern our efforts to protect it. The current environmental movement often fails to see that the environmental problems are generated and solved by ordinary people. Scruton argues that success in tackling environmental degradation comes from “national or local schemes to protect territory recognized as ‘ours’".
Roger Scruton will be speaking about the ideas in his new book, Green Philosophy: How to think seriously about the planet, and taking questions.
Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher. He is currently Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, and visiting Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many books including The Uses of Pessimism (2010).