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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,…

The Great Unravelling: Part 3

Escaping today, rethinking tomorrow Welcome to ghost-town Britain, a land none of us were prepared for. Barely 3 months ago, you’d have ridiculed anyone suggesting we’d be tuning in to the daily death count from a virus creating mayhem across the land. But this is where we are. However, beyond deserted streets, closed shops and…

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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

It will require £200 Billion of investment to decarbonise U.K. homes. No other infrastructure investment is more important or can create more jobs. Today the PM announced a plan to build, build, build. How much pledged today to help decarbonise homes? £0

Forget ‘build, build, build’ – we need builders, builders, builders

The PM's infrastructure spree will be held back by low productivity, an ageing workforce and a shortage of domestic labour

www.telegraph.co.uk

I have an issue with George. We don’t see enough of him.
Why isn’t he fronting the Today Programme, World at One, Newsnight and all the commercial news programmes?
Room for improvement.

Hapi & the Lost Species@HapiVibe

Why does everyone I know on Twitter have an issue with @GeorgeMonbiot?
Is it really all his fault?

Theresa May is FUMING... the former PM goes for Michael Gove

Theresa May is FUMING... the former PM goes for Michael Gove

as currently announced, Johnson’s “new deal” is just over 0.6% of the spend of Roosevelt’s New Deal...

.....he can’t build you a Hoover Dam, but he can probably run to a Hoover...

Stand aside, everyone: the Conservative cowboy builders are back on the job | Marina Hyde

The party that bodged everything now wants to tell us how it will fix things, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde

www.theguardian.com

As Boris poses as FDR he should remember Roosevelt began with the environment; 3 million workers planted 3 billion trees, built 800 new state parks, 10,000 small reservoirs, 13,000 miles of hiking trails and re-stocked America’s rivers with over 1m fish.

Environmental experts dismayed by details of Johnson's 'New Deal'

Critics say PMs promise to ‘build back greener’ is not delivered by plans revealed so far

www.theguardian.com

Anne Hidalgo Reelected As Mayor Of Paris Vowing To Remove Cars And Boost Bicycling And Walking https://t.co/PdGUjmU8XV @Anne_Hidalgo @C_Najdovski

Anne Hidalgo Reelected As Mayor Of Paris Vowing To Remove Cars And Boost Bicycling And Walking https://t.co/PdGUjmU8XV @Anne_Hidalgo @C_Najdovski
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