I’m in Melbourne tomorrow evening, participating in a public forum exploring the potential for greater engagement between animal welfare and environment groups and issues.
The key part of the forum is a lecture by Peter Singer, a well-known and often controversial philosopher and ethicist. He is perhaps most widely known for his work popularising notions of animal rights, but he has also written on a wide range of other topics, including what consideration we should give to the impact on the planet of how we live our lives.
For anyone in Melbourne who wants to come along, the lecture is free and open to the public. It is being held from 6.30pm – tomorrow night (Thursday 31st) at the University of Melbourne, in the Lady Theatre of the David Caro Building, near the corner of Swanston & Elgin Sts. The event is organised by the Don Chipp Foundation, which I’ve been on the board of for a number of years.
Other people with a background in the environment and animal welfare movements will respond and give their perspectives on the issue
There are lots of opportunity for greater overlaps between the strands of animal welfare and environmental protection, but it should also be acknowledged that sometimes there are divergences. Greater accuracy in making the differing cases and clarity in the underpinning arguments can only be a good thing. In my view, a bit more courage in promoting some of the less popular but often more urgent issues would also not go astray – not least the obvious fact that promoting a sizeable reduction in human consumption of meat and dairy products is an immediate way to significantly reduce greenhouse emissions.