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The Climate and Jobs Conference - Organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change, Trade Union Group

A strong message that emerged from the Climate and Jobs Conference on March 10th was that we can’t afford any longer to treat climate change as solely and narrowly an environmental issue.The image of the polar bear stranded on an ice sheet belies a deeper human reality. Our gaze should be directed instead at the millions whose lives are being turned upside down by a calamitous rise in extreme weather fuelled by the unprecedented levels of green-house gases not present for three million…See More
Mar 19
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Saturday 17th March UN anti-racism demonstration at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

March 17, 2018 from 12pm to 5pm
 We are facing a massive rise in racism in Britain and across the globe.Migrants and refugees are being scapegoated for the effects of austerity, while EU nationals are used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.The whipping up of anti-Muslim hysteria in the press has led to a dramatic rise in Islamophobic attacks in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester, with visible Muslim women the primary target.Rampant institutional racism is being felt through a spate of deaths in…See More
Mar 16
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Frack Off London/Rising Tide London Meeting at LARC (London Action Resource Centre) , ("shop" on corner of Parfett Street), .

February 22, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Frack Off London/Rising Tide London MeetingMeeting is to discuss aims of Frack Off London, South East drill site visits and Outreach, outputs from Rising Tide / RTP SE Gathering - Jan and the government's new enquiry on fracking.When:- Thursday 22nd February @ 6.30pm to 8pm Where:-  LARC (London Action Resource Centre) 62 Fieldgate Street, ("shop" on corner of…See More
Feb 13
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Jobs and Climate: Planning for a future which doesn't cost the earth at Hamilton House,

March 10, 2018 from 10am to 5pm
Tackling the climate crisis needs workers to build a world fit for the future. Yet the narrative of 'jobs versus environment' is still heard across the political spectrum, derailing the action we urgently need.This conference, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group, aims to challenge the false choice of good jobs versus the environment. Instead of settling for this, there is both an urgent need for action on climate change and a real opportunity for trade unionists…See More
Jan 5
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Extended Interview with Actor James Cromwell Before His Jail Sentence: “Capitalism is a Cancer”

Extended interview with Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell before he reports to jail at 4 p.m. Friday in upstate New York for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he’ll also launch a hunger strike. He was one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, in December of 2015. The activists say the plant would promote natural gas fracking in…See More
Dec 27, 2017
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Dec 14, 2017
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Join Hackney Anti-Fracking Network

The threat of fracking is on our doorstep in London. Drilling sites are sprouting up all over the south and south-east. But in Hackney we can play a part in opposing this by forming a local Anti-Fracking Network.Gas companies Third Energy and Caudrilla in Kirby Misperton in Yorkshire and at Preston New Road near Blackpool are fighting to get fully operational but are being held back by a strong local, regional and national campaign to stop drilling getting a foothold. It is the growth of this…See More
Nov 21, 2017
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Solidarity evening for refugees at Café Z bar 58, Stoke Newington High Street, NI6

December 2, 2017 at 7:30pm to December 3, 2017 at 12:15am
Hackney Stand Up To Racism in collaboration with Care4Calais is holding a solidarity evening for refugees in the Calais area on Saturday, December 2nd.Funds are urgently needed to relieve refugees' worsening plight following the forcible demolition of the camp in Calais last year. Since the French authorities destroyed the camp and dispersed refugees those remaining in the area have encountered growing mistreatment and brutality from the police.  On December 9th a convoy will be going to Calais…See More
Nov 20, 2017
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In London the fracking threat is getting closer

In London the fracking threat is getting closerThe fracking threat is getting closer. While recent news, if very little, has focussed, on Lancashire and Yorkshire; the destructive impact of Hydraulic Fracturing is now affecting Surrey, south of London.Looking first north to Lancashire at Preston New Road, we see that two…See More
Nov 19, 2017
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Meeting on climate change at The Old School Room, Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Lower Clapton, E50PU

November 2, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Oct 28, 2017
Richard Payne posted a blog post

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

In London the fracking threat is getting closerThe fracking threat is getting closer. While recent news, if very little, has focussed, on Lancashire and Yorkshire; the destructive impact of Hydraulic Fracturing is now affecting Surrey, south of London.Looking first north to Lancashire at Preston New Road, we see that two…See More
Oct 25, 2017

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About me
I am a lecturer at London Metropolitan University and a member of the university's lecturers' union (UCU) Environment Officer.
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Education, Energy, Green Economy, Pollution, Social Justice

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Madness on the high seas and old father Thames.

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 16:00 0 Comments

April 10 saw activists assembling outside the London based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) the scene of talks about whether to tackle carbon emissions from shipping or carry on with the planet-wrecking business as usual agenda.

Currently if the shipping industry were a country it would be the world’s sixth largest polluter, but nevertheless the Paris Climate talks of 2015 avoided dealing with this issue delegating it instead to the IMO.

In our globalised…

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Fracking in the North Downs and the 'Tour de Frack'

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 13:27 0 Comments

Sustainable Hackney has reported for some time that the Fracking threat is closer to us than many suppose… While soundings of public opinion reveal minority support for fracking, most Londoners are unaware it is happening just down the road from them and a mere 25 crow-miles from here.

 

The fracking of large swathes of Sussex and Surrey for shale or tight oil is a growing threat with four major test sites already drilled and a fifth planned. With this in mind…

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The Climate and Jobs Conference - Organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change, Trade Union Group

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 0:30 0 Comments

A strong message that emerged from the Climate and Jobs Conference on March 10th was that we can’t afford any longer to treat climate change as solely and narrowly an environmental issue.

The image of the polar bear stranded on an ice sheet belies a deeper human reality. Our gaze should be directed instead at the millions whose…

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Extended Interview with Actor James Cromwell Before His Jail Sentence: “Capitalism is a Cancer”

Posted on December 27, 2017 at 23:50 0 Comments

Extended interview with Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell before he reports to jail at 4 p.m. Friday in upstate New York for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he’ll also launch a hunger strike. He was one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, in December of 2015. The activists say the plant would…

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