Last year, a group of thinkers, including Oxford’s Mark Lynas, launched ‘The Economdernist Manifesto’. Ecomodernism argues that traditional environmentalism has advocated that human societies need to be reintegrated into natural systems. Instead, Ecomodernism proposes that “decoupling” from natural systems, by encouraging urbanisation and using technologies such as nuclear power and plant genetic engineering, is a better way to feed and support billions of people in cities, while still leaving more room for nature elsewhere…
These ideas are (unsurprisingly) contraversial!
OCTF events will begin in 2016 with a debate on Ecomodernism, starting with a talk by author Mark Lynas, one of the people behind the Manifesto, and commentaries from Paul Jepson, Connie McDermott and Richard Greyner. A discussion will then be chaired by Yadvinder Malhi.
What do YOU think? Come and have your say!
This event is in collaboration with agile-ox and the SoGE Biodiversity Research Cluster.