Posts tagged with: climate

Values not logic

I came across a report last week that gave me hope. It made me realise that my usual approach to trying to argue for change is the wrong one. I like to quote facts, trying to be objective and reason things out. But I now see that people generally stick with opinions that reflect their […]

thoughts after Copenhagen

Thoughts after Copenhagen – I didn’t believe in the ‘invisible hand of the market’, but after Copenhagen I am beginning to wonder! People across the world told their governments they wanted action on climate change, yet when the leaders of governments met together the voice of the people that was not heard – was it […]

Thoughts after Copenhagen

I didn’t believe in the ‘invisible hand of the market’, but after Copenhagen I am beginning to wonder! People across the world told their governments they wanted action on climate change, yet when the leaders of governments met together it was not the voice of the people that was heard but the interests of corporate […]

The Wave

On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will flow through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all. The Wave is organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. Assemble: 12pm, Grosvenor […]

What Green Shoots?

The writers of the Pentateuch banned interest and introduced a 50-year Jubilee for cancellation of debts. Confucian China discovered most of the technical breakthroughs that led the West to prosperity and rejected them: they were more concerned to avoid social disruption than to achieve commercial progress. In the period that produced cathedrals the king’s currency […]

Challenging ‘power’

This week’s New Statesman carried a piece by Mark Lynas on how people are ‘blowing hot and cold’ on climate change – about the continuing debate on whether it is really happening or not. I didn’t feel that this was an issue for Friends at the conference – perhaps because we would all agree anyway […]

Grace Crookall-Greening

Grace Crookall-Greening was a member of Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) Economic Issues Group from 2001-2007. She started out as a journalist, and ended her paid employment working in co-operative development; was media secretary and QPS puplications editor in the ’80s. With late husband John she helped start Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum 12 years […]

The need to be positive

I would rather we had couched the title question as ‘What would a more equal society within a zero growth economy mean for us all?’ That might have focused attention more positively and acknowledged the need for redistribution of wealth and power from the start. Zero growth, Duncan Green said in relation to developing countries, […]

Media coverage of the conference

Duncan Green (of Oxfam) and Alistair McIntosh (social activist and author), two of the speakers at the confernce, have written about their involvement in the event and reflections on what was discussed. See Duncan’s blog, From Poverty to Power at http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=925, and Alistair McIntosh’s contribution to Face to faith in the Guardian on Saturday 3rd October at […]

Developers’ profit v local sustainability?

I was at a public meeting last  night organised by our parish council to discuss the Borough Council’s options paper and core strategy which are part of the new planning  process, the Local Development Framework, which government  has introduced to replace the old Local Plan process. Gone are the direct questions about whether to support […]