COP Captured: time to go beyond government

Flick Monk was a youth delegate to the UN climate change summit in Warsaw this November. Photo courtesy of the UKYCC. The corporate sponsorship of the 19th United Nations climate conference, or COP19, was so blatant that it made me thoroughly rethink who rules the world. There were representatives from every government on the planet, [...]

Banking on climate change

This is a guest post by Liz Murray, the Head of Campaigns and Policy in Scotland at the World Development Movement. You can follow WDM Scotland on Twitter @wdmscotland. What do you think your annual carbon footprint might be?  The UK average is estimated to be around 8-9 tonnes per person.  But what if you [...]

“Recycle and Reward” – Let’s rub our starry eyes and peer through the rubbish

This July, I joined the Hebridean Celtic Festival goers on the Isle of Lewis. A fantastic festival – from its celebration of the finest of Scottish music, community spirit, boost to local business… suffice to say, it is very much worth a visit. Here, however, I’d like to consider an aspect of the festival which, [...]

New Gas in the UK: Battlegrounds set at Balcombe and West Burton

As the drilling equipment rolls into rural Britain the public debate has begun, accompanied by frequent TV news reports balancing academic consensus against industry bravado.

Immigration: a vital part of the solution to climate change

By Alex Randall. This post first appeared on the website of the UK migration and climate change coalition The Green Party in the UK recently came out in support of more open and humane immigration policy. Their stance aims to challenge the growing anti-migrant policies and rhetoric of the other main political parties. However the Green Party’s [...]

Whatever Fred Pearce says, shale gas is not the answer

Journalist Fred Pearce has written in The Guardian calling on his fellow environmentalists to have an open debate on Shale Gas. Perhaps it’s not such a bad idea, he says? Shale Gas is the gas which is now accessible through the newish form of mining – fracking – campaigns against which are sweeping the UK [...]

Climate change purged from the curriculum as capitalist realism arrives in the UK

There is no more profound duty than that of each generation to educate its children. It is through the dissemination of knowledge that human societies progress. Human’s are incredible. We are capable of solving almost any problem, no matter how vast. But we can only do so if we know about it. If you are [...]

Veneers of sustainability: the public sector’s collusion in opencasting

Last week another opencast coal story broke across the environment pages of Scottish newspapers. You’d be forgiven for missing it, despite the egregiously appalling nature of the proposal – to entirely drain the beautiful Loch Fitty in order to make way for seven more years of opencast mining at St Ninians – because it seems [...]

The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’ – extract 2: day 3

This is an extract from the book ‘The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’, by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of PLATFORM, which traces their journey along the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan oil pipeline. A previously published extract can be found here. DAY 3, 17:55 – 815 NM – 3,464 KM – SOUTHERN [...]

Extract: The Oil Road – journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

With the kind permission of the authors, Bright Green is publishing two excerpts from “The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London”, a travelogue written by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of Platform and published by Verso this month. In a unique journey from the oil fields of the [...]

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