Author Archives: Alastair Harper

About Alastair Harper

Alastair joined Green Alliance in January 2012 as the senior policy adviser leading Green Alliance's Political Leadership theme. He manages the Climate Leadership Programme for MPs and joint advocacy work with the NGO community.

How the EU cleaned up my holidays

  This piece is taken from issue 36 of our journal, Inside Track. It is summer, at some point around 1987. I and my mum and dad are on holiday in Skegness. We sit on the beach, my dad wheezing slightly … Continue reading

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Boris’s big failure: why is London still killing its citizens?

A little over five years ago, my daughter was born in central London, in an area where the nearest air quality monitoring station recorded particulates as having reached dangerous levels 55 times that year. When 35 bad days are exceeded, the UK … Continue reading

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Letter from America: no man is an island

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He participated in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change. This is the final report of his trip. My visit to the United States ended where the current president … Continue reading

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Letter from America: how cowboys cope with climate change

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He’s currently participating in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change. This is his third report on his experiences. As we make our journey over the shale wells and wind farms … Continue reading

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Letter from America: the US’s secret green test site

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He’s currently participating in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change. This is his second dispatch reporting on his experiences. There is no typical America or American, but … Continue reading

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