Caroline Lucas, Green Party Leader, appeared on BBC World Service's One
Planet programme yesterday
alongside psychologist Oliver James and US economist Peter Morici. The
debate centred on capitalism and dangerous climate change, and looked in
steady state economics.
You can listen again to the programme online at BBC iPlayer at
The Report calls for a much bolder strategy to address road safety calling it the “major public health problem of our age.”
As well as the human tragedies involved, the Committee found that the total cost of road crashes in the UK was a staggering £18 billion a year.
The Transport Committee recommended that local authorities be given more powers to introduce 20mph speed limits, increased enforcement to tackle drink-driving and the creation of a road safety commission.
The MPs are absolutely right to refer to this ongoing car-nage as a scandal. The number of deaths and injuries on our roads far outweighs those in all other transport modes or in other work-related accidents put together. It is not just a failure of transport policy that this continues, but the major public health problem of our age.
I wish Obama luck. In a choice between him and McCain (e.g. in ‘swing states’), I would now strongly be tempted to vote for him — and, between the two, I very much hope he wins.
p.s. The fact that I still like McKinney doesn’t of course mean that I am keen on her dalliance with the September 11th conspiracy-theory people. The ‘9-11 truth movement’ has always struck me as a strange and profoundly disappointing phenomenon: its (in my experience generally aggressive and impossible-to-talk-with) advocates think of themselves as radicals and subversives: but what is radical about believing that no group of Arab non-state terrorists could possibly bring off a stunt as extraordinary as the destruction of the World Trade Centre? Sorry to have to say it, but there seems to be not just an embarrassing paranoid belief in the absolute power and competence of states, but also more than a whiff of covert anti-Arab racism about the denial that September 11th was anything other than what it appeared to be: an audacious and terrible coup de theatre pulled off by al-Qaida.
Check out this brilliant piece by the world’s premier green/ecological economist, Herman Daly, commissioned by the Sustainable Development Commission earlier this year: points the way beyond the credit crunch to an economy that actually works for us…
Do spread this word!
Green Party councillors in the Eastern region have challenged the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA), as it extended its key planning strategy review to 2031. The Green Party are challenging the assumptions and objectives put forward by the EERA that astonishingly ignore the critical advent of diminishing oil reserves, the dramatic loss of current economic confidence, and the onset of dangerous climate change, when forming their forecasts for the region.
“Regional planning has for too long conformed with wholly unrealistic assumptions handed down by central Government and its agencies. The dramatic economic changes and heightened awareness of the imminence of dangerous climate change afford an opportunity for a radically different perspective on the possible futures for our region”, said Suffolk Green Party Councillor John Matthissen, a member of EERA’s Housing and Sustainable Communities Panel.
Cllr. Matthissen continued: “The oil does not exist to fuel everlasting growth in road traffic, which the Highways Agency still assumes, nor to power vessels bringing ever more containers into the Haven Ports. Who now believes that house-building projections for this region will be fulfilled, rather than regenerating the communities where houses are decaying as people move to
Cllr. Dr Rupert Read, the Eastern Region Green Party Lead Candidate for the 2009 European elections added:
“The Green Party fully supports the ambitious renewable energy assumptions of the 2021 Plan, and urges that higher percentages of renewable energy are projected for 2031. Recent climate change forecasts imply the loss of farmland and settlements in the region as the sea rises, and a review will need to take this contingency into account, while striving to cut our own emissions and contribution to the problem so as to minimise these losses. The Green New Deal proposed by Caroline Lucas, Green Party Leader, that puts forward a radical but achievable manifesto on how to tackle both the economic and ecological crisis together, can play an essential part in this.”
On Saturday, (25th October) Councillor Ken Lynch (Sandy Pinnacle ward) went public with his decision to join the Green Party. He was joined by both local Greens and those from right across the eastern region. They spent the day helping Cllr Lynch let the people of Sandy be the first to hear that their local councillor had become a Green further increasing Green Party representation on Mid Beds District Council.
In the local Green Party’s biggest day of campaigning for months thousands of leaflets were delivered to local residents explaining Kens change of party and hundreds of voters were given the chance to talk to Ken about it.
Dr Rupert Read, Lead Green Party Candidate for the Eastern Region European Elections said:
“Greens from across Eastern Region came to Sandy on Saturday, to welcome Ken to the Green Party and help him communicate his reasons for supporting the existing Green Councillor already on Mid-Beds District Council (Gareth Ellis, who became Bedfordshire’s first Green Councillor in 2007), and build on the support for the Green Party in Bedfordshire. Greens will be visiting many other parts of the region as the Green Party builds up to the Euro Elections in June 2009, now only a little over 7 months away.
“Spreading the Green message is vital at a time when the society and the planet we live on faces so many threats; not only environmentally but also politically and economically. A bigger Green voice in Europe will be another step towards securing the radical Social and Environmental policies needed to help us navigate our way through the crisis in this century and beyond.
New Green councillor Ken Lynch said:
“Seeing the excellent work of councillor Gareth Ellis, I realise that for the Greens, politics isn’t about petty point scoring, it’s seeing what’s needed and working the political system to get it done.”
“Despite the change it will business as usual delivering a personal service to the people of Sandy.”
Ken is the voluntary community project worker for both the Biggleswade Monday Youth Club and the Sandy Tuesday Youth Club, he’s work on the Skate School has made it a reality. He is chair of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners Association.
Green Cllr Gareth Ellis commented:
“Ken is a very welcome addition to our team, he’s not afraid to loudly speak up for those that need it, a persistent fighter who won’t ever give up until he’s won.”