This is George Monbiot's inspiring talk at IMAGINE Festival Of Ideas & Politics at QUB 26th March 2019.
Its an inspiring manifesto for the kind of participatory democracy we need to be, not only to rescue the planet but ourselves.
A toxic ideology rules the world – of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world.
George Monbiot explains how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a ‘politics of belonging’. Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganised from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society. His new and thrilling vision provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.
George is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. Among his projects are the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, which he wrote and toured with the musician Ewan McLennan, and his TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, which has been viewed over 30 million times. George has written several best-selling books, including Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life, The Age of Consent, and Heat: how to stop the planet burning.
The talk focuses on his latest is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis.