Environmentalists might think they’ve scored an unlikely ally in Roger Scruton, arguably Britain’s most famous philosopher—and a proud conservative. But Mr. Scruton’s case for environmentalism is classically conservative, centered on the love of home, the importance of local institutions, and especially the suspicion of state power.
With “How to Think Seriously About the Planet” (out next month in the U.S.), Mr. Scruton casts his lot with environmentalism but not with the contemporary environmentalist movement. The book is something of a cry in the wilderness, keeping wary distance from all sides of the current political debate. “It’s an attempt,” as he puts it, “to say, ‘Look, wake up, here is what it’s all about really.’”