The Hope at the Heart of the Apocalyptic #ClimateChange Report #auspol #nswpol #qldpol #StopAdani #EndCoal #TheDrum #QandA End #Capitalism

The Degrowth Movement  has been around since the financial collapse in 2008 (something that happens on a regularly).  If something is out of balance, it oscillates, and if the wrong measure are taken to correct it, it just gets worse, till it finally breaks.  This is what our economic and financial system is, badly out of balance and it is driving climate change, inequality and poverty.

In the UK we had the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) which Labour set-up, but basically ignored!  The Conservatives, stopped funding it, and the English Green Party, also ignored a report published by the SDC; ‘Recession must make us question relentless pursuit of growth‘!

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Drilling companies accused of harassment by women named in protest injunctions

Reminds me a bit, of the days construction companies blacklisted people, who they thought were involved in trade union and health & safety action. Spread the net wide, ensuring you get as many people as possible, to silence the majority. Just as with the totally inhuman and unjust welfare sanctions, our legal system is becoming more and more a tool for the rich and corporations to keep people in their place.

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Breaking: anti-fracking protesters become first environmental campaigners to be jailed since 1932

As with the Kinder Scout mass trespass the authorities are trying to scare people from demonstrating against ‘fracking’.  The mass trespass, changed the course of  history in England, lets hope, the sacrifice of the four men sentenced, will bring about an end of oil and gas exploitation in the UK.  Leading to a meaningful approach to climate change and not just hot air!

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NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah, First Commercial Nuclear-Powered Cargo Vessel, Designed And Used To Dump Liquid Nuclear Waste Into Ocean

In Rosyth Dockyard, Fife, Scotland, are the decommissioned nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy.  Dreadnought, the four Polaris nuclear missile submarines, Conqueror and Vanguard, surrounded by barbed wire and regularly monitored.  That was some time ago and there may be more now in the basin, slowly rotting away, with the nuclear reactors still intact inside them.  They need to be kept in the water, to keep the nuclear reactors cool, as they still produce heat.  I have no idea, what radioactivity goes into the basin, then the Forth from these hulks.  They have been sitting there for decades and yet, the UK Government wants to built more nuclear submarines?  Even the so-called peacenik Jeremy Corbyn, wants to renew the Trident nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet!  When will this stupidity ever end?

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Why we should care more about the environmental impact of nutrients

The Soil Association highlighted the issue of peak phosphorous and its threat to food security in their report: A rock and a hard place, in 2010 (which appears to be no longer available on-line?). And made several recommendations for the UK Government, it would like to implement.  In an article I posted in 2013, I highlighted the work Wessex Water was doing to recycle nutrients.  Using the waste from their bio-digester plant, which also produces electricity and bio-gas.  They also employ chemists to work with their customers, to ensure their land gets the right amount of nutrients.

Unfortunately, the Agra-chemical companies, who produce the fertilisers (mostly from fossil fuels) for industrialised farming industry.  Have the money and the lobbying might, to try and prevent, the large scale uptake of organic farming practices.  In fact, one of the issues being highlighted at the present time, is the pharmaceutical drug residue, that might be present in the recycled waste?  In September 2016, the European Commission’s Science for Environmental Policy, published a news alert.  It was titled: Applying sewage sludge to soil may spread antibiotic resistance.  It has been widely acknowledge, that their has been an abuse of the use of antibiotics in humans and animals.  From which the chemical companies also benefit from, as well as their trade in fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Inside track

crop-spraying_chafer-machinery_flickrBack in 2007, Green Alliance examined the challenges and opportunities for the more sustainable use of nutrients, chiefly nitrogen and phosphorus, in the UK. It recommended a suite of policy principles to make a more circular system a reality.

Little has happened since in the UK. But last month I was asked to present Green Alliance’s policy principles to a conference of Nordic countries in Malmo, and to discuss how to take the agenda forward. I discovered that the ideas remain relevant and useful. 

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World Environment Day/Dia Mundialdo Ambiente

On Sunday 5th June 2016, Tavira Em Transição held an event for World Environment Day in Tavira.

It started with a conversation on the importance of the environment to the region and in particular, the issues with the exploration for gas and petrol in the Algarve.

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This was followed by music, which attracted more members of the public to stop and listen, to what was being said.

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There also was a petition circulating against the proposed exploration in the Aljezur, which is to start shortly.  Unfortunately, I left to cycle back to Monte Francisco before the finish.  But to me, it seemed the audience was growing all the time.