This post is by Miles King, senior ecologist at Footprint Ecology, and a regular blogger about nature and the environment.
If there was any doubt before, the local and euro election results have confirmed that the future of Britain’s relationship with the EU now hangs in the balance. Euroscepticism has shown its face.
From its inception, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been central to the EU. Its original purpose was to ensure that the food shortages which haunted post war Europe would never happen again. But, from rational beginnings, a monster was born. Continue reading
This post first appeared on BusinessGreen.
Have you ever eaten horse? Not consciously perhaps but last year’s meat adulteration scandal suggests it’s more than possible. The scandal revealed just how clueless some of the biggest and most trusted UK brands were about what went in to the products they put their label on. The scandal also highlighted the difficulty of knowing exactly where materials, components and ingredients come from, something that is of growing concern to manufacturers, regulators and investors alike. Continue reading
With less than a year to go until the next election, we’re focused on stimulating strong ideas for the new parliament. As well as offering our own, we’re asking other leading thinkers and experts for their one big manifesto idea.
Today’s three proposals would boost UK jobs, stimulate the low carbon economy and give people more control over shaping where they live. There’s a lot to like, here and in the nine other ideas we’ve posted so far in this series, on the 16 May, 20 May and 29 May. Continue reading
Posted in Green economy, Low carbon energy, My big idea, Policy, Politics, Sustainable Business, Sustainable Economy
Tagged CPRE, general election 2015, merlin hyman, my big manifesto idea, Neil Sinden, RegenSW, the carbon trust, tom delay
This post is by Bryony Worthington, founder and director of the Sandbag Climate Campaign.
Announcements in the US on Monday received a huge amount of coverage. In his search for a climate legacy, President Obama has sidestepped the political impasse on Capitol Hill and used his presidential authority to bring in new regulations designed to limit emissions from the power sector. Continue reading
This post is by Kate Raworth and was originally posted on her blog. Kate is an economist focused on the rewriting of economics for 21st century challenges. She is a senior visiting research associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and creator of Oxfam’s ‘doughnut’ of social and planetary boundaries.
The rewrite of economics is on the move. Student groups from 30 countries (and rising) recently issued a call for a pluralist approach to teaching economics. Known as ISIPE – The International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics – they plainly point out that, ‘What is taught shapes the minds of the next generation of policy makers, and therefore shapes the societies we live in.’ Continue reading
We’ve asked leading thinkers, from politics, business and green groups, to set out their one big manifesto idea for the next parliament – the one they think will make a big impact in creating a greener Britain. We are publishing them through May and June.
With six ideas already under the belt, featured in posts on the 16 May and 20 May, today’s three ideas on a local theme come from independent adviser Rebecca Willis, Guy Newey of Policy Exchange and Simon Roberts of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Continue reading
Posted in Community energy, Low carbon energy, My big idea, Nature and wildlife, Uncategorized
Tagged Centre for Sustainable Energy, energy supply and demand, general election 2015, Guy Newey, my big manifesto idea, Policy Exchange, Rebecca Willis, Simon Roberts, sustainable energy, urban green space map
Should yesterday’s European elections matter to us? When it comes to tackling climate change, the answer is an emphatic yes. Former MEP, Chris Huhne, argues that the values you care about should be reflected in the people sent to Brussels to represent you. They may seem faceless, distant and pointless, but they have real power on many of the issues that affect the places we live and work.
Last Friday we published the first three proposals in a new series in which we’ve asked leading thinkers, from politics, business and green groups, to set out their one big manifesto idea for the next parliament – the one they think will make a big impact in creating a greener Britain.
Today’s three ideas come from Chris Huhne, the Aldersgate Group and, in a joint proposal, the Robertsbridge Group and Greenpeace UK. Continue reading
Posted in Environment, My big idea, Political Leadership / NGO Engagement, Politics
Tagged 2015 general election, Aldersgate Group, Andrew Raingold, Brendan May, Chris Huhne, deforestation, Greenpeace UK, industrial strategy, low carbon, my big manifesto idea, Richard George, Robertsbridge Group
It’s less than a year until the next election, and the race is on to inform and shape the policy agenda of the next government. Manifesto priorities may appear to be determined entirely by public sentiment, party values and a febrile media debate, but the quality of new policy ideas also plays an important role. New ideas nearly always come from outside formal politics. The proposal to create a Green Investment Bank, championed by both Conservatives and Labour in the run up to the 2010 election, emerged from policy entrepreneurs in the environment and finance community over a year before. Continue reading
Posted in Environment, Green economy, My big idea, Policy, Politics, Uncategorized
Tagged Campaign for Better Transport, election manifestos, general election 2015, manifesto, Matthew Spencer, my big manifesto idea, Paul King, Stephen Joseph, UKGBC
This post is by Alison Doig, Christian Aid’s senior adviser on climate change and author of Low carbon Africa: leapfrogging to a green future.
A number of years ago I visited a rural clinic in Zimbabwe which had been given electricity for the first time from a micro hydro power scheme. I asked the nurse what difference electricity had brought, and she answered that women no longer have to give birth by candle light. Continue reading