22 Feb 2015

Five essential books on climate change

These are five books which I think are essential on climate change, useful to Green Party General Election candidates.....which other titles should be included


Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury. 2010.

George Marshall. Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Bloomsbury. 2014.

Naomi Klein.  This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate. Allen Lane. 2014.

Mike Hulme. Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering. Wiley. 2014.

Ian Angus. The Global Fight for Climate Justice - Anticapitalist Responses to Global Warming and Environmental Destruction. Fernwood. 2010

16 Feb 2015

What would Elinor do?

In 2009 Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics.  She was not, she told me when I met her in 2012, an economist, insisting she was a quite different species a political economist.  She was also quite clearly a political ecologist.  I believe that a careful study of her words and work provides much for inspiration for Green Parties.  From an attention to political strategy to a careful understanding of institutions to an acute awareness of the science of ecology to a respect for popular wisdom to a understanding for the slippery but shaping influence of norms, culture and words, her inspiration is both immense and immensely practical.  To achieve an effective green politics, we should ask what would Elinor do.  This is a paragraph, it will grow into an article and then become a book. 

When Keir Starmer was a Marxist.

Canvassing in Brighton back in 2017 to support Green Party MP Caroline Lucas’s re-election efforts, I knocked on a door and came acros...