By May 2015, after five years of the coalition, an incoming government will inherit a whole range of major challenges in areas which have been neglected or mismanaged.
The Green Party’s spring conference finished yesterday morning; their last conference before crucial elections to the European Parliament are held in May. Shifting Grounds sat down for an interview with the Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, at the start of the weekend.
The idea of Purgatory was ‘born’ in around 1160-80 and quickly became a mainstay of (Catholic) religious practice. It denoted the liminal state between death and heaven or hell: the soul would wait in a kind of spiritual departure lounge while it was decided where its final destination would be.
Any remnants of the green movement believing they had an ally in the current government will have had their belief shaken recently. David Cameron once infamously pitched the coalition as being ‘the greenest movement ever’; an assertion that has rarely seemed further from the truth.
Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
In the news last week was a disturbing analysis from 25 conservation charities, called State of Nature, reporting that our wildlife is facing a steep decline, with beetles and wildflowers partic
The environment has moved down the political agenda, both in opinion polls about what issues most concern people, and in the Government’s programme. Drastic decline in LibDem support has failed to bring the major upsurge for the Greens that some predicted.
Why is it that media coverage of climate change is so convoluted and contradictory? Part of the problem derives from climate change itself; it is an immensely complex subject, subject to all manner of technical subtleties and nuances that baffle most of the population. I do not, by any stretch of the imagination, claim to be an expert myself.
‘One of the most profound changes in our modern vocabulary is the way in which “We the People” are defined’, observes the academic David Rutherford. ‘Not so very long ago, we “pictured” ourselves as citizens.