David Schoibl of the Labour Movement for Europe reports on the joint LME-SERA event held in Parliament in November.
Introducing the purpose of the event, the Labour Movement for Europe (LME) Chair David Schoibl pointed out that Europe can no longer be seen only as an issue of foreign policy and foreign relations. Rather, he said, the concept of Europe is an integral part of many broader policy areas, such as environmental policy. The event which the LME has co-organised with SERA (Labour’s Environment Campaign) is the result of the LME’s plan to highlight the importance of individual policy areas in the context of Europe, and is planned to be the first in a series of co-operations with other socialist societies, trade unions and other progressive organisations.
Opening the debate, David Norman, Campaigns Director at WWF said that from his perspective the European Union is a great example for what is possible when people cooperate. As an example, David mentioned the EU’s Water Framework Directive, which he calls ‘maybe the best piece of environmental legislation which has ever been done’. He explained that this directive is an example of how working together can make it possible to come up with real pragmatic solutions which overcome short-term interest which otherwise so often hampers the political process. Continue reading
Join us at our joint event with Labour Movement for Europe next week on the need for co-operation in Europe on environmental and energy issues.
6pm, 27 November
Committee Room 6, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
Our speakers are:
- Mary Creagh MP (Shadow DEFRA Secretary)
- Jonathan Gaventa (Programme Leader at E3G)
- David Norman (WWF Director of Campaigns)
- David Schoibl (Chair LME)
- Chair: Cllr Leonie Cooper (Co-Chair SERA)
Please allow for 20-30 minutes to make your way through security and up the stairs to the Committee Room. Hence, if you can aim to arrive at Parliament by 17:30, as we’ll be kicking off a 6pm sharp.
In the first of the essays from our new Rio+20 pamphlet, Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh MP looks at the big challenges in Rio – food, rural poverty, forests and a more transparent economy.
The Rio+20 Summit is the biggest global gathering on sustainable development since the original Rio summit in 1992. The original declaration, including such worthy goals as the eradication of poverty, reducing unsustainable production and consumption, and cooperation to protect the world’s ecosystems is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. The Rio declaration worked to the Brundtland Commission’s (named after Norway’s former Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland, who chaired it) definition of sustainable development as:
“Development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
In other words, development that is environmental, socially and economically sustainable. Continue reading
SERA has launched a new pamphlet, Rio+20: Our second chance for a sustainable future?, as our contribution to the debate at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Brazil. Continue reading