Conservative Environmentalism

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Hoover Institution, Washington DC
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The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion on "Conservative Environmentalism" on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 8:45am - 12:15pm EST.  

Here's an outside of the box idea: Are conservatives best suited to safeguard the environment? The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political left, which believes that the principal threats to the planet come from globalization, consumerism, new technologies, and the overexploitation of natural resources. Philosopher and renowned author Sir Roger Scruton agrees that the environment is one of the most important political problems of our age, but argues in How to Think Seriously About the Planet that conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Sir Roger lays out his framework for thinking about the environment in a keynote address followed by an audience Q&A. Followed by a roundtable discussion on both the philosophical and practical dimensions of a conservative environmental policy, touching on issues ranging from the ethical precepts behind conservative environmentalism to the policy ideas that could be put forward in a conservative environmental agenda. 

Time program
8:45 am

Arrival and light breakfast

9:00 am - 10:20 AM

Keynote Address by Sir Roger Scruton:  
How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism

10:20 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 12:15 PM

Roundtable discussion: Second Thoughts About Environmentalism: 
Key Elements of a Conservative Environmental Agenda

Steven Hayward, U.C. Berkeley, author, The Age of Reagan 

Jeremy Carl, Hoover Institution, Stanford University 
Mark Sagoff, George Mason University 

Additional panelists to be announced

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