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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.…Continue
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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…
Added by Richard Payne on February 24, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments
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. …Continue
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on November 5, 2016 at 21:32 — No Comments
Video of the Marxism and Nature conference
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on October 22, 2016 at 13:04 — No Comments
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.'…Continue
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Over 80% of construction sites 'never inspected for health and safety'
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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’…Continue
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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: …Continue
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
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…Continue
I've started the petition "To TfL’s Director of Commercial Development, Graeme Craig.: TfL: Set affordable rents. Don't force small businesses out of Hackney" and need your help to get it off the ground. Please can you circulate.
This is another example of the borough being transformed in the interests of big business and not local people.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the…Continue
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Let’s get behind the firefighters on November 13th
Firefighters are being forced to stage another strike next week from 10.00-2.00. They deserve the full support of members of Sustainable Hackney. As the destructive effects of climate change become more common with extreme weather events increasingly disrupting and threatening lives with storms and floods, our emergency services capacity to respond is being wrecked by the coalition government.
Following the planned…Continue
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