John Foster

John Foster

Honorary teaching fellow in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion department at Lancaster University. He has been an environmentalist for forty years. John is a director and co-chair of Green House

John Foster

Rethinking consumerism

In this extended review article, John Foster considers some recent thinking on living within limits, and discusses the implications for Green House’s current ‘Rethinking Demand’ project.



John Foster

The Climate Majority: Apathy and Action in the Age of Nationalism

John Foster's review of Leo Barasi's book examining 'the swings'- people who accept climate change but are apathetic towards acting to mitigate it.



John Foster

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

John Foster's review of Bill McKibben's book examining the possibility of the ending of 'the human game' and the declining significance of humans in the face of rising AI.



John Foster

Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos

'Deep Adaptation' (2021), highlights the dangers of trying to cover too many bases. Deep Adaptation serves to illustrate the deep truth of our times: that, desperate as our plight may appear, hopeful adaptation however characterised cannot be of the self to an inevitably collapsing world



John Foster

Preparing for the Improbable

An extended review by John Foster of Extinction Rebellion: Insights from the Inside, Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander (Simplicity Institute, 2020). Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century, Andreas Malm (Verso, 2020)



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The COVID bonus? – a dissenting note

John Foster's gas compares Covid and climate emergency issues and argues they are completely different, and the covid crisis is far easier to understand.



John Foster

Extinction, rebellion and Extinction Rebellion

John Foster's extended review of 'This Civilisation is Finished', 'Truth and its consequences' and 'Common Sense for the 21st Century' and concludes rapid action is imperative



John Foster

​Facing up to Climate Reality; Honesty, Disaster and Hope

Our latest book, takes as its starting point the fact that the climate crisis is going to get much worse whatever we now do. The book explores what this means and how we might be able to confront escalating climate chaos while not giving up hope.



John Foster

The Uninhabitable Earth, A Story of the Future

John Foster's review of 'The Uninhabitable Earth'



John Foster

Will Big Business Destroy Our Planet?

John Foster's review of 'Will Big Business Destroy Our Planet?' by Peter Dauvergne



John Foster

‘Official! – climate change is real’. Now: what is to be done?

Climate danger is no longer just one interpretation of the evidence, but what the evidence now decisively demonstrates how things really are. the UK Green Party should actively pursue necessary political changes to climate catastrophe, without waiting for majorities to be convinced by its campaigns



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Towards Deep Hope: Climate Tragedy, Realism and Policy

What can climate change tells us about the place of humans in the world and what being realistic about our climate future entails? Escaping popular wicked-problem framing of issues, but building awareness into policy thinking can mean hope for reaching transformative change while remaining realistic