A fun, fierce and fascinating evening of debate on one of the inflammatory questions of our time: will veganism save the planet? Six players are floating above Norwich in a punctured hot air balloon, which is sinking fast. By sheer wit, eloquence and mastery of the chosen topic, they must persuade you, the mob, that they should remain in the balloon and not be ejected to save height. Who will survive? The answer is in your hands. So, pay attention, listen hard and be on guard for added jeopardy. With green campaigner Rupert Read, restauranteur Loui Blake, Hodmedod’s founder Josiah Meldrum, Rebecca Mayhew, Tim Jickells, and chaired by Lucy Farrant.
About Rupert Read
Rupert Read is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is author of seven books on a range of subjects and specialises particularly in Wittgenstein, philosophy of film, and environmental philosophy. Rupert previously chaired the Green House think tank, and is a former Green Party of England and Wales councillor, spokesperson, European parliamentary candidate and national parliamentary candidate. Recently Rupert has become a spokesperson for the Extinction Rebellion protest movement. This has included debates with government ministers and backbenchers on national television and radio; as well as meetings with senior politicians from across the political spectrum.
About Loui Blake
Loui Blake is an award-winning marketer & entrepreneur, founder of the UK’s largest plant-based restaurant Erpingham House, and London restaurant group Kalifornia Kitchen.
He is an international public speaker & passionate advocate of a vegan lifestyle, speaking on the topics of veganism & entrepreneurship.
About Josiah Meldrum
Josiah Meldrum is a co-founder of Hodmedod, a Suffolk company whose aim is to encourage us to grow and eat a wider range of pulses, grains and seeds. Hodmedod grew out of the Norwich Resilient Food Project which asked whether the city could feed itself from its hinterland and, if so, how diets and farming might need to change. The answer was yes, but only with a greater diversity of crops on farms and on plates; Hodmedod was established in 2012 to demonstrate how that could happen with arable production and now works with a network of UK farms.
About Prof Tim Jickells
Professor Tim Jickells is an Emeritus Professor of environmental science at the University of East Anglia.
His research and teaching focusses on the way carbon and nitrogen cycle on the planet, how this is affected by human activity and the consequences for the Earth system.
Sunday 27 October
Venure: Norwich Arts Centre
Cost: Pay What You Can Afford £4 concessions / £6 / £9 / £12
Book: norwichartscentre.co.uk / 660352