George Monbiot to give Centre for Legal Research Lecture at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 12 May 2015


George Monbiot

'Rewilding: the natural restoration of British ecosystems - legislative barriers and opportunities'

Date: 14 May 2015
Venue: Frenchay Campus, D Block, Room 2D67 Glendinning Theatre
Time: 17:00 for 17:45 - 19:00

Environmental, political activist and original thinker George Monbiot will present the issues of 'Rewilding' the planet, during the annual Centre for Legal Research Lecture, which is free to attend and takes place in the Glendinning Lecture Theatre on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus.

'Rewilding' is the process by which habitats are returned to a natural state. The talk will emphasise the legal barriers and the fascinating opportunities that surround the idea, which is of particular relevance to Bristol in the year the city became the European Green Capital.

Dr Ben Pontin, Head of the Environmental Law Unit at UWE Bristol, says, “George Monbiot is well known throughout the world for his radical green activism, but I am not aware of him ever having spoken about the legal aspect of his vision, as he will be doing so at the CLR Annual Lecture, in association with UWE Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Programme. George is a truly spirit lifting public speaker, and this event will add an important string to the bow of Bristol's Green Capital programme. Also it is a reflection of the growing esteem in which the University is held in the field of environmental law.”

George currently divides his time between writing for the Guardian and pursuing a number of quixotic projects: generally 'writing obscure books and campaigning for lost causes'. His latest book 'Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding', is the lyrical and gripping story of his efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way of living, on which his talk is based.

If you are interested in attending this talk, please register via the online form. There are regular buses and designated cycle routes to UWE and free parking for the public on Frenchay campus in car parks 2 and 3, from 16:30.

For more information watch George's TED talk 'For More Wonder, Rewild the World'.

For further information please contact Lauren.Rees@uwe.ac.uk.

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