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I’m looking forward to attending my good friend Deepak Rughani’s presentation on Biofuels next week. Deepak is a powerful and knowledgeable speaker and his events are not to be missed. Hopefully I’ll see plenty of familiar faces there!
Ever thought of becoming a local councillor? Perhaps you’re already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step? Or perhaps you just like the idea of doing something worthwhile and rewarding to help your community.
Most people stand for election as councillors under the banner of the three largest political parties: Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat. However, there is also a strong tradition of local councillors working as Independents, or as representatives of political parties and groups other than the three largest political parties, such as the Green Party. If you want to be a councillor, but not representing the Conservative, Liberal Democrat or Labour parties, this guide is for you…
98% felt it was important that their particular Post Office remained open, citing 11 different reasons as to why they felt this way. Many replied that they could provide a public and social service and that they were the eyes and ears of the community. They helped to combat fraud and would know if someone was having health or domestic difficulties and therefore could alert neighbours.
55% of sub Post Offices surveyed said that services such as bill payments were very important and wanted to offer services which have been taken away, for example, 67% wanted to be able to offer TV licence renewals (previously a service they offered which has been taken away from them). Whilst is was recognised that accessing services via the internet and telephone was available, 92% agreed strongly that for those without access to computers, face-to-face help that the Post Office can provide should be available.
First they sold us agrofuels: palm oil from felled and drained tropical peat forest continues to be mixed into
However, this is an extraordinary week for those concerned that ‘false solutions’ are exacerbating manmade climate change. On Tuesday, George Monbiot wrote lucidly in GUARDIAN about the hype and misinformation surrounding agrochar, and just a day earlier I spoke at Green Party Spring Conference in Blackpool and helped to bring about an almost unanimous vote against climate geo-engineering ‘solutions’ which further imperil ecosystems, biodiversity and human communities. The motion that was passed particularly emphasised the risks of agrochar. The Green Party has led the way on so many other things, which were at first seen as ‘radical’ but that are not common-sense: so we hope it will be on this issue, too.
Last November, my friend and fellow Party-member Dee Rughani gave presentations on agrochar at NGO conferences in
Expect some fairytale spin on this one. Industry lobbyists have found the most profitable ‘climate solution’ yet! But their dirty secret is out; let’s mobilise now to nip this in the bud, and not repeat the same mistake that the world made in allowing agrofuels to take off.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the next big elections are the Euro-elections, in June: and these are by proportional representation. A great opportunity for the Green Party to get voted in…