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A crisis like no other

Tipping or turning: the choice is still ours We are in a bad place; a really bad place. The IMF predicts that the Covid pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5% this year, with a cumulative loss of around $9 trillion. Britain’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) records a ‘lockdown’ economic collapse of over…

Who’s Lives Matter

(Freedom and Democracy) Across the world, sports men and women have been ‘taking the knee’ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. What troubles me is the prospect of this becoming a trivialised gesture, wrapped up in processes that change nothing. Stripped of specific, disruptive, demands it could slip intothe trough of gesture politics.…

Energy and Equity

The images of motorway tailbacks, even before Britain’s lockdown period officially loosened, brought two things home to me. The first was that, without clear leadership, crises always take you perilously close to collective insanity. I’m sure none of the families who decided it was a good moment to nip off to the coast (or the…

Green New Deal – time for an ecological reboot?

Labour’s Green New Deal faces a torrid credibility test. The world, post-Covid, will be nothing like the one preceding it. There will be no ‘V’ shaped economic recovery. Britain will struggle to avoid further economic decline. No one will be queueing up to shop their way out the current crisis. Large numbers of consumption-based jobs…

The Great Unravelling: Part 4

The Portal: another world is possible “A sense of cosmic specialness is no guarantee of good stewardship.”  David Wallace-Wells “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to…

After the Apocalypse

“Everything we do during and after this crisis must be with a strong focus on building more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change, and the many other global challenges we face.” This call could have come from any of the Labour Leadership candidates,…

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Alan's Eco House

Turning a derelict lace hall into an eco home in the middle of Nottingham had some important reasons. It was always how I wanted to live. It was something I had bleated on about for years but not got round to doing...

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Transformation Moment

My pamphlet 'Transformation Moment' is intended to support the case for a radical shift in energy thinking; as much about democracy as technology, and about 'systems' rather than just supply.

TWITTER

We’re in a #ClimateEmergency, @RishiSunak wants to fund a #greenrecovery, @theCCCuk says we need #electrification of heat. So why are we still extending gas? Who’ll pay for it to be disconnected in 10 years? @mynottingham @age_uk @eonenergyuk

We’re in a #ClimateEmergency, @RishiSunak wants to fund a #greenrecovery, @theCCCuk says we need #electrification of heat. So why are we still extending gas? Who’ll pay for it to be disconnected in 10 years? @mynottingham @age_uk @eonenergyuk
We’re in a #ClimateEmergency, @RishiSunak wants to fund a #greenrecovery, @theCCCuk says we need #electrification of heat. So why are we still extending gas? Who’ll pay for it to be disconnected in 10 years? @mynottingham @age_uk @eonenergyuk

Just a reminder, environment, consumer & animal welfare groups have been excluded from this commission by @trussliz. Make of that what you will. I conclude that the commission is absolutely no substitute for guaranteeing high standards in law.

I am loving these videos of formerly car-choked streets now filled with bicyclists.

Sadly, nor is this government. We’re in for 5 years of kleptocracy. These are the lessons (and the donations) Boris seems to have taken from his Russian friends.

Sadly, nor is this government. We’re in for 5 years of kleptocracy. These are the lessons (and the donations) Boris seems to have taken from his Russian friends.
Jim Pickard@PickardJE

these questions aren’t going away any time soon

EU is effectively making China help pay to clear up the Covid & climate mess through this new measure: "From 2023 there will be a tax on goods imported into the EU from countries with lower carbon emissions standards than the bloc."

Factbox: What EU leaders agreed on the post-COVID recovery package

European Union leaders reached a deal on Tuesday on a package of measures to boost their economies after the coronavirus pandemic, agreeing to borrow ...

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