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Madness on the high seas and old father Thames.

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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Added by Richard Payne on April 19, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Richard Payne on April 19, 2018 at 13:27 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 19, 2018 at 0:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 27, 2017 at 23:50 — No Comments

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,…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 21, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

The fracking threat is getting closer. While recent news, if very little, has focussed, on Lancashire and…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 25, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Fighting back against Fracking - Film Screening - the Bentley Effect - 8th June

Frack Off London are organising a London screening of The Bentley Effect, a film documenting how a community in Australia organised against unconventional gas extraction, building up to an iconic blockade. 



With the fracking industry pushing to start production in the UK this year, this is a really timely film to build up a strong opposition wherever they drill.
The screening is at the Hive Dalston on Thursday 8th June at 7pm, and it's…
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Added by Richard Payne on April 17, 2017 at 22:12 — No Comments

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has dismissed climate change concerns as “complete and utter rubbish”.  Speaking on an Irish radio programme, he said he believes that people’s fears about global warming are unfounded.  He said:  “This kind of nonsense…

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Added by Richard Payne on April 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out



by Tomáš Tengely-Evans…


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Added by Richard Payne on April 10, 2017 at 8:35 — No Comments

Small businesses in Hackney - better to nurture than annihilate

Many already struggling small businesses in Hackney are uniting to oppose new changes proposed by the government to business rates that threaten their very existence. 

The growth of Hackney’s small businesses in the last decade and a half has given the borough a distinctiveness and individuality as well as providing some much needed employment. Between 2004 -2012, the growth rate for businesses in Hackney was 40%, a rate 17% higher than London as a whole.…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 5, 2017 at 21:44 — No Comments

Close down the LD50 gallery in Dalston. No passeran.

https://shutdownld50.tumblr.com/



The LD50 Gallery in Dalston, Hackney, has been exposed by concerned artists and anti-racists as providing “one of the most extensive programmes of racist hate speech to take place in London over the past 10 year" (see Tumblr link). LD50 has given a platform to anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and “alt-right” figures.

LD50 has given a platform to activists who praise the action of neo-Nazi mass…

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Added by Richard Payne on February 24, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Trump might be trumped

Feeling bleak and despondent at the election of Trump? Yes, you have got good reason to be, but this article shows that wish as he may, he and the rampant right cannot easily unpick the Paris climate deal or hold back a powerful, growing movement for renewables and against fossil fuel interests and climate change.  …

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Added by Richard Payne on November 10, 2016 at 16:09 — 1 Comment

China: Between Clouds And Dreams, Channel 4

A plug for 'China: Between Clouds And Dreams', 7pm, Nov 5th Channel 4.

Catch up if you missed Episode 1, A letter from Russia. This is both a beautiful and moving examination of the responses of children in China to the impacts of pollution and climate change from industrialisation. Starting with school pupils who receive a letter from their Russian counterparts urging them to look after endangered spoon-billed sandpipers migrating to China's coastal flats and…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 5, 2016 at 21:32 — No Comments

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

http://isj.org.uk/marxism-and-nature/

Marxism has for too long been characterised as having a singular preoccupation with the exploitation of labour and the class struggle. However, the works of Marx and Engels always…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 22, 2016 at 13:04 — No Comments

Hackney residents say this is not a conference it is a crime scene

It's all in the name: with no hint of shame oil and gas executives from across the world met for 2016 Oil & Money conference.

Protesters and representatives from communities affected by the fossil fuel industry disrupted the opening of the conference by staging 'a climate crime scene.'…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 19, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments

Over 80% of construction sites 'never inspected for health and safety'

Over 80% of construction sites 'never inspected for health and safety'

 

Government cuts to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have hobbled its ability to enforce regulations that save workers' lives, and…

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Added by Richard Payne on September 19, 2016 at 21:18 — No Comments

The corporate vultures are circling in the skies overhead. Notes on the defence the East End’s Higher Education legacy.

A much admired centre of Higher Education in the East End could be the latest victim of spiralling real estate values, corporate asset stripping and a management enraptured by the neo-liberal fad for austerity. The Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University is embarking  on a scheme, opposed by most students, staff, alumni and also the Mayor of Tower Hamlets as an unnecessary and reckless plan, which will downsize the university through his ‘One Campus, One  Community’…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 23, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Britain’s lamentable record on fuel poverty.

Britain’s lamentable record on fuel poverty.

Join the People’s March for Climate and Jobs, Sunday, November 29th.

The recent report ‘Still the cold man of Europe’ from (ACE) The Association of Conservation Energy makes grim reading. Britain besides 15 other countries in terms of fuel poverty comes out bottom based on range of indicators. The report shows that:  …

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Added by Richard Payne on October 31, 2015 at 14:05 — No Comments

Campus closures, course cuts & redundancies at London Metropolitan University Stop the attack on educational opportunities

Campus closures, course cuts & redundancies at London Metropolitan University

Stop the attack on educational opportunities

Yet again the East End is seeing valued public educational assets trashed and centres flogged off to the private property sector. London Met has campuses in Whitechapel/Aldgate and Moorgate in the city. Its new Vice Chancellor has announced its intention to close these, sell off the Commercial Road and prized…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 26, 2015 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

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