Ahead of the ‘Green Labour and Popular Environmentalism’ event taking place later this week, Natan Doron of the Fabian Society writes on the place for green ideas in Labour’s Policy Review.
New Labour, in government, endlessly preached about the measures being put in place to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions. Reading such New Labour climate commitments now, there is a strong sense that some in the party saw climate change as if it were just another problem that could be confidently managed by technocratic solutions. This was of course a time when all the main political parties were falling over each other to demonstrate their commitment to fighting climate change. Our prime minster famously went to the trouble of hugging a husky just to convince voters unsure about the Conservative Party brand.
Fast forward to 2012 and things are very different. The chancellor George Osborne acts as climate sceptic in chief and the greener-than-thou days of the prime minister are but a distant memory. We are told that this is because the public no longer care. Continue reading
Following our AGM at the beginning of the month, the new SERA Executive held a successful fringe on Community and Co-operative Energy at the Co-operative Party Annual Conference. As we head back to Manchester next week for Labour Party Conference, we want to let you know about our fringe events there, bringing environmental debate and discussion to the heart of the Labour Party. Continue reading
Labour needs a huge and ambitious energy policy that underpins everything we say and want to do and shows clearly how Labour has a plan for a brighter new future, argues SERA’s National Secretary Melanie Smallman in an article for Progress published earlier this month (August 2011).
Unless something dramatic happens in the meantime, by the time of the next election, ordinary families might be facing a real struggle to heat their homes, put food on the table and get to work each day. Going into the next election, Labour’s energy needs to be big enough to meet the scale of this problem. Tweaking the current system with a few nuclear power stations here and wind turbines there just won’t do. Our energy policy will have to be huge and ambitious, underpinning everything we say and want to do, showing clearly how Labour has a plan for a brighter new future.
Read the full article here
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