Showing posts from May, 2012

Join me at indigenous protest at Peru Embassy tomorrow!


Peruvians in London will be picketing the embassy in support of the people of Cajamarca Peru confronting the Yanacocha gold mine. The people are protesting 20 years of environmental damage by the mine owned by Newmont and Buenaventura. Through the Conga Project, the mineowners want to expand operations that would affect 4 lagoons at the head of the valley, contaminating the water supply for cultivators and cattle rearers throughout the province.

Local communities demand that their right to prior consultation is repected, and that independent Environmental Impact Assessments are carried out and evaluated.

Solidaridad con el pueblo de Cajamarca! Conga no Va! Agua sí, oro no! No a la militarización de Cajamarca!

Alto a los abusos de Yanacocha! No a la destrucción del medio ambiente! Defensa de la Pachamama!

Embassy of Peru, Sloane Street SW1 (nearest tube Knightsbridge, very near Colombian Embassy)

1pm – 4pm Friday 1 June

Julian Dobson on the commons


You would also expect to find well maintained parks, relaxing open spaces and places where you can take children to play, go for a run or just sit in the sun. You would assume that a city which takes care of itself also takes care of its green spaces.

You might be surprised to find that most towns and cities have no obligation whatever to care for their green spaces. Local councils have no legal duty to preserve local ecosystems, keep parks and gardens open or preserve public access. No surprise then that green spaces are easy targets for spending cuts.

There is even fewer safeguards for green space that is in private hands. A study by the London Wildlife Trust in 2010 found that nearly a quarter of the capital's green spaces were private gardens - and while they are rich in wildlife and a vital ecological resource, more than one third of this garden space has already been paved or tarmacked ov…

How does one define entitlement to enjoy the commons?

Blogging has died a little with the advent of facebook and twitter.  I am also very focussed on writing about the commons.
I have written a first draft of my book on the environmental history of the commons and currently waiting feedback from the publishers (MIT) and am know very deeply into a new book on Elinor Ostrom's work.
My Green Party collegue and friend Andrea Claire-Smith wrote this in response to the first chapter of my book on the environmental history of the commons, which I think puts forward some interesting questions.
The issue that I kept returning to was how does one define entitlement to enjoy the commons? If one believes that the only boundary with legitimacy is the eggshell thin layer of atmosphere that surrounds this planet, then I would have the right  to move to the rainforest and inhabit the same territory as the people currently living there. If I was ripping up that forest, then it seems reasonable for them to o…

Who will be the new leader of Green Party as Caroline stands down?

'was going to send this to you at midnight but unfortunately the news has been broken on the twittersphere.  We had given the Independent an exclusive and this story was embargoed until five mins past midnight but what happened is that someone at the Independent decided to put it on the front page on the net and therefore the news broke out.Please be reassured Caroline is not standing down as an MP.  She is simply not re-standing as Leader in line with green principles and allowing the opportunity for other talented people in the Green Party to offer themselves for election as Leader.  Caroline remains totally committed to the Green Party and all her colleagues.'  Writes a Green Party Press Officer.
I think the focus will remain on Caroline as MP not on the leader title.  Its what you do not what you are called that matters.  
In my view a new person with the title should be another radical women but we shall see.

EMBARGOED TO 00.05am, MONDAY MAY 14, 2012Caroline Lucas Opens Door…

No impact man runs for the House of Representatives

A New York City author whose book and documentary film No Impact Man helped bring climate change into popular consciousness today announces his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives. Colin Beavan PhD will run on the Green Party ticket in New York’s 8th Congressional District, following the vacancy left by the retirement of Representative Edolphus Towns.
Beavan rose to prominence as a spokesman for the international environmental movement after worldwide press and media interest followed the release of his film and book. His campaign, citing “growing world crises” in climate, environment, economics, and energy production, calls for a complete change in priorities including an end to consumption-based economics, massive decentralization of government and business, and huge investment in local communities.
“The economic system is supposed to make people safer and happier, but it can no longer do that because it wasn’t designed to deal with our new planetary crises,” says…