Feeding the world without devouring the planet

Picture of George Monbiot near the sea and the front cover of his book Regenesis which features a cow eating grass as the image

One of the most urgent challenges facing humanity – how to feed the world without destroying the planet – will be addressed in a special lecture at Lancaster University later this year.

Bookings are now being taken for the second Lancaster Environment Lecture when author, Guardian columnist and leading environmental campaigner George Monbiot will be the speaker.

The event, in partnership with Lancaster-based literature festival, Litfest, will take place on Wednesday, May 24, at 7pm, in the Margaret Fell Lecture Theatre at Lancaster University.

George Monbiot’s brilliantly researched and compelling books and articles have raised questions that need answering and, together with his videos, have inspired campaigners and activists throughout the world.

Among his best-selling books are Feral, Out of the Wreckage and Regenesis, while his videos, including How Wolves Change Rivers and Natural Climate Solutions for the Climate Crisis (co-presented with Greta Thunberg) have been viewed on YouTube more than 40 and 60 million times respectively.

“George Monbiot is internationally recognised as one of the most eloquent writers and incisive thinkers on the climate emergency,” says Dr Delphine Grass, one of the Lecture organisers.

“All Lancaster University staff involved in organising the event are incredibly proud to welcome him on campus to give a lecture on such a vital issue as food production and our future relationship with the living planet.”

The inaugural Lancaster Environment Lecture was given in March 2022 by the Indian eco-campaigner and feminist, Dr Vandana Shiva.

You can attend the George Monbiot event in person or online via Crowdcast. All tickets are free but must be reserved online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-monbiot-lancaster-environment-lecture-2023-tickets-521177183987

The event and following discussion with the public will be live-streamed and recorded.

This annual lecture is co-organised by Litfest and the following departments at Lancaster University: Languages & Cultures, English Literature & Creative Writing, Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lancaster Environment Centre, Law, Politics, Philosophy & Religion, Sociology.

Contact for more information is Dr Grass, d.grass@lancaster.ac.uk

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