The connection of greater equality to improved economic performance, especially where it relates to enhanced capacity for economic growth, poses a unique problem for growth sceptical environmentalist perspectives: they deem the prospect of an improved growth model to represent as great a problem as austerity and inequality.
Traditionally, the phrase ‘politics for the common good’ has implicitly been restricted to human beings. However, such a narrow scope of consideration is ethically unjustified.
The Global Warming Policy Foundation was established in November 2009 by former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lawson and Dr Benny Peiser. The GWPF was set up as an “educational charity” which claimed to be “open minded” on the science of global warming and “in no sense anti-environmental’.
Energy bills made headlines across the UK this winter. As households grappled with rising energy prices and endemic fuel poverty, the Big Six energy firms reported soaring corporate profits. Leaders across the political spectrum demanded an explanation and finally, as spring arrived, the newly created Competition and Markets Authority commenced an inquiry.
Last weekend the IPCC released their latest report, compelling the world to drastically scale back its use of fossil fuels in order to avoid a future of catastrophic climate change.
It was a pretty stark warning but it offered an interesting and practical perspective to the green energy debate; the move from non-renewable to renewable energy is affordable.
So we’re supposed to take UKIP seriously, are we? Accept that they represent some legitimate and long-established current of opinion in British politics?
Let’s take those questions in turn.
The UK has just experienced its annual budget announcement from the Government. It contained an extraordinary attack on the eco-agenda, including cuts to energy costs for manufacturers. On the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme this morning, Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, backed this policy to the hilt.
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.