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Reading about ‘Sacrifice’ – Friday Dec 13th – Venue Changed to Arts Centre

On Friday the 13th (how ominous!) we’ll be meeting in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre (note: NOT at the Glen as previously stated) to talk about ‘Sacrifice’, more specifically a chapter of that title in the fresh-off-the-press edited volume Critical Environmental Politics. A copy of the chapter is available from Kelvin, Sam or myself, so please email us if you would like to read it and come along.

The chapter discusses how the notion that we should make sacrifices for a greater good, social or environmental, has been looked at by different groups of environmentalists, and the impacts this has upon the message coming from those groups. For some, the idea that we should sacrifice certain levels of material wealth and accumulation in order that we as a society or species take better care of the earth and resources we rely on is one which has had its day. Certain groups of modern environmentalists instead argue that we should simply change how we do things, make buildings more efficient for example, consume different products, rather than giving anything up about our lifestyles. The latter message is appealing to many, while the more ascetic and disciplined approach may be a hard sell to those engaged in the pleasurable consumption and accumulation of wealth and material goods. The ideas in this chapter should provide a great basis for discussion, even if you haven’t read it! Also, have a look at the comment on the last blog post for some context from Dr. Carl Death (the book’s editor).

Do come along to the discussion, even if you haven’t been to any of the previous ones. Look forward to seeing you there!


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Sacrifice reminder

Friday 13th December, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (quietest spot), 6pm…. See you there

p.s. maybe we can get Carl to comment on this chapter on the blog – in the context of the book he’s editing that it comes from?

pps – thanks Carl for the comments below!


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Proposed readings for next year

Heading something like ‘Visions for a different democracy’

Could we explore Russell Brand’s New Statesman editorial http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution together with Stefanie Krasnow (Adbusters) No-Mo Manifesto? https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/110/nomo-manifesto.html and perhaps, something else…from the left, say Roberto Unger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJq8VImEBTc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLNdEBvVYMvsC3-vpYQRy_myLYbTKKAmUQ (I find it interesting – and a bit difficult, but he does have some big ideas)