At the April screening of the film ‘Powertrip’ on fracking we were pleased to welcome Richard Roberts aka Richard ‘the piano tuner’ as a panellist. Sadly Richard along with two other anti-fracking activists received a much rougher welcome by the HM Prisons Service this month. His crime, for which he received a sixteen month custodial sentence, was attempting to stop a greater environmental one.
The judge handed down the three…Continue
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Anti-fracking: Let Communities decide
Right now, our government is consulting on outrageous proposals that could allow fracking to go ahead across England without local planning applications. These plans fly in the face of local democracy and threatens to slash community involvement in decision-making.
The consultation ends this October, so it’s…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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
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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
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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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