Thursday, October 18, 2007
Dr. Stuart Parkinson - Scientists for Global Responsibility
How old are you?
What’s your occupation and who do you work for?
Executive Director, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR)
How long have been doing this?
What’s the best bit about your job?
Being able to combine my science and technology qualifications/experience with my concerns about environmental and peace issues.
What’s the worst thing?
What have the last 12 months been like for you?
Very busy - especially with campaign work on nuclear weapons, military involvement in science, climate change, and nuclear power. We’ve also been continuing our work promoting ethical careers in science, design and technology.
What were you doing before?
Co-ordinating environmental justice work at Friends of the Earth
What was your very first full-time job?
Working as an engineer for a large military corporation – which caused me to re-think my entire career path.
What do you do to relax?
Play table tennis, walk in the countryside, go out for gourmet vegan meals, watch Doctor Who!
Who do you live with?
A three-legged dog called Shep
Whereabouts do you live?
North West England
If you were Prime Minister, what’s the very first thing you do?
Abolish the Royal Prerogative – the ancient piece of legislation that allows the Prime Minister to take the country to war (and do a lot of other things) without parliamentary approval.
Have you got any guilty carbon secrets?
I live in a house that is bigger than I need. I also don’t like camping holidays!
What are you most concerned about in the world at large?
That our addiction to economic growth is causing massive environmental damage across the globe, which is very likely to cause major conflict in a world which still has 27,000 nuclear weapons.
Which person in the public eye do you most admire and why?
The people I admire most aren’t in the public eye – they’re the ones who work hard behind the scenes
What advice would you give to someone wishing to embark on the same sort of work as you?
Don’t believe anyone who says science and ethics shouldn’t be combined – it is essential that they are.
What's your website address?