Government

HS2: Should it be derailed?

What’s Going On Here? Boris Johnson has called a meeting this week to decide whether the ongoing and controversial ‘HS2’ high speed rail project connecting London to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds should go ahead or be scrapped. There is some serious opposition, but what’s it all about? What Does This Mean? The first phase was on track (sorry…) to operate by 2026…

Power to the People?! – UK’s first Citizen’s Climate Assembly

What’s Going On Here? Last weekend, the first of four ‘citizens’ assemblies’ on climate change was hosted in Birmingham. What Does This Mean? What is a Citizens’ Assembly? The assembly is made up of 110 ‘ordinary’ citizens selected to represent a broad spectrum of UK society. With diverse ages, ethnicities, geographies and views regarding the climate emergency, the assembly will offer their opinion on…

The UK Election Cloud has a Green Lining…

What’s Going On Here? The Green Party increased their vote numbers by 64.69% in the general election, which is more than any other party. With a total of 865,697 votes last Thursday compared to 525,665 in 2017, the Green Party were the 5th most voted for party (despite only winning one seat – Brighton Pavilion). What Does This Mean? Ok so, ‘that’ happened last week and most…

Decision Time – Parties, Politics & Our Planet

What’s Going On Here? Its the UK General Election next Thursday – when – if you are a registered voter – you have the power to decide who will run the UK government for the foreseeable future. With voters caring more about the environment than the economy, each party’s climate change and pollution policies are an important consideration when deciding who you will…

Is the UK going to have a Climate Election?

What’s Going On Here? The next 10 years are critical for climate change action. The new government will have the power to halt climate threatening activities and demand climate and ecological justice for generations to come. There is a sleeping army of 9 million people who are not registered to vote in the UK. Go register. Go vote. The deadline to register is…

UN report shows 1 million species at risk of extinction

What’s Going On Here? A report published by the UN studying the human impact on nature, has highlighted the significant importance of biodiversity to the health of the planet, with 1 in 4 species at risk of becoming extinct within decades. What, Yet Another Report? Yes, but…this isn’t just another report, and is being described as ‘the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.’…