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Moving towards a new, balanced, green economy

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In her recently published book, Dr Christine Parkinson sets out a series of measures which could move us towards a new, balanced, green economy:

 

  • introducing greater incentive schemes to encourage businesses to develop, use and market greener technologies and to penalise those who don’t. Examples of this could include: using and developing renewable forms of energy; phasing out motor vehicles which use petrol or diesel and introducing those that run on easily-accessible clean energy;
  • investing in research institutions which have the ability to develop innovative solutions to today’s climate-change problems;
  • introducing legislation to reduce the use of the motor car, such as restricting the number of cars owned by each household, unless they run on clean energy;
  • phasing out coal-fired power generation, ending fossil fuel subsidies;
  • introducing a carbon tax on those companies who continue to use fossil fuels;
  • rebalancing the economy, so that the rich are not rewarded for irresponsible behaviour that adds to the carbon load;
  • setting targets for meaningful reductions in carbon emissions by an early date, as suggested by Desmond Tutu in his petition (chapter 1) and ensuring that the calculations for this are correct;
  • phasing out nuclear power and nuclear weapons worldwide and re-channelling the money saved into the incentive-schemes and investments mentioned above;
  • proper funding of those institutions regulating the tax system, so that tax evasion and avoidance is properly penalised;
  • shifting the tax system to penalise those activities which need to be discouraged, such as greenhouse gas emissions and the accumulation of wealth;
  • banning certain household appliances and gadgets, which are not necessary and only add to the carbon load;
  • establishing a new institution, which will monitor the use of fossil fuels by companies and promote, and provide support for, the use of greener forms of energy;
  • encouraging less air travel, by raising awareness about the damage this is doing to the planet and encouraging airlines to invest instead in technologies that do not damage the planet;
  • working globally with other partners to reduce deforestation;
  • re-balancing international trading systems, so that goods and animals are not transported unnecessarily across continents and seas, adding to the carbon load;
  • encouraging countries worldwide to be self-sufficient in terms of goods and resources, so that goods are not imported which can be produced internally;
  • re-thinking and re-balancing entirely transnational trading systems;
  • working globally to find a better means of international co-operation in working jointly to reduce and reverse that damage that is currently being done to the planet;
  • encouraging partnerships between local government and local cooperatives and social enterprises;
  • encouraging the setting up of local groups (3G groups), where individuals can meet together to share what they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions and to encourage each other to keep going with it, even if the majority of others are still in denial (3G stands for three generations – the amount of time we have left).

She continues: “Some of the ideas above are already being worked on, and others are not about changing the economic system but about reducing carbon emissions, but I hope these are a starting point for others to add to, if we are really serious about taking meaningful anti-climate-change measures before it is too late”. 

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Christine will be speaking in Birmingham on April 22nd.

“Three generations Left” can be ordered direct from the publishers, using the following link: http://www.newgeneration-publishing.com/bookstore/reference/bookdetails/1778 or can be ordered from the Amazon website, print on demand, as follows: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Generations-Left-Activity-Destruction/dp/1787190412/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483704765&sr=1-1&keywords=Christine+Parkinson

It is priced at £11.99 per copy in paperback or £4.99 for an ebook.

Whilst much of the book is viewable on this website, she would prefer you to buy a copy as any profits from the sale of this book will be used to fund her son’s work amongst slum children in Uganda.  Last year was a difficult one for this project (Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network), as due to the devaluation of the pound post-Brexit, monies sent from the UK to Uganda had lost a fifth of their value.

Contact: christine@cyen.org.uk

 

 

 

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A ‘final hour’ plea for economic sanity and humanity from Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz and colleagues

They believe that the future of the EU is at stake in the negotiations between Greece and its creditor institutions.

In the Financial Times yesterday the need for both the EU and Greece to make concessions and “preserve the integrity of the Eurozone” was stressed by twenty-six concerned and experienced people, some of whom are seen below at a gathering of the OECD’s ‘High Level Experts on economic and social affairs.

stiglitz 2 etcThey are advocating forbearance and finance from the EU, to promote structural reform and economic recovery, and a “credible commitment” from Greece to show that, though it is against austerity, it is in favour of reform and wants to play a positive role in the EU.

With dismay, they have seen that a further six months of austerity is undermining Syriza’s key reforms. Instead of collaborating with the Greek government to overcome tax evasion and corruption, the EU has emphasised the need for austerity which has drastically reduced revenue from tax reform. Reduced resources have hampered the work needed to make public administration accountable and socially efficient.

Constant concessions to the EU mean that Syriza is in danger of losing political support and its ability to carry out a reform programme that will bring Greece out of the crisis.

The writers emphasise that it is wrong to ask Greece to commit itself to an old programme that has demonstrably failed, been rejected by Greek voters, and which large numbers of economists (including themselves) believe was misguided from the start.

They believe that Syriza is the only hope for legitimacy in Greece and warn that failure to reach a compromise would undermine democracy and result in much more radical and dysfunctional challenges, fundamentally hostile to the EU.

A revised, longer-term agreement with the creditor institutions is advocated, avoiding an inevitable default which would impose great risks on the economies of Europe and the world.

How Greece is treated will send a message to all its eurozone partners

Their prescription: a rapid move to a positive programme for recovery in Greece (and in the EU as a whole), using the massive financial strength of the Eurozone to promote investment, which would rescue young Europeans from mass unemployment with measures that would increase employment today and growth in the future. The writers believe that this could transform the economic performance of the EU and make it once more a source of pride for European citizens.

They end, “Like the Marshall Plan, let it be one of hope not despair”.

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The growth of a Westminster voice in favour of more integrated, global policymaking – the fourth largest unofficial ‘party’: Simpol

“Simpol has always been a powerful voice for progressive global politics – and it just got louder”.

simpol latest headerSimultaneous Policy (Simpol-UK), the voice for global solutions in parliament, has become the fourth largest unofficial ‘party’ in Westminster. There has been a 38% increase in elected MPs pledged to implement its global justice agenda. The group includes candidates from all the major parties – including Conservative, Labour and the SNP – who echo their national success by making up 31% of Simpol’s parliamentary collective.

The Simultaneous Policy campaign invites citizens in the UK, and citizens around the world, to use their votes in a powerful new way to encourage politicians to solve global problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, and social injustice. By supporting Simpol they are telling politicians that they will be voting in future national elections for ANY candidate, within reason, who has signed the pledge; a declaration of support for a process leading to the simultaneous implementation of a range of policies to solve global problems.

john bunzl 2Co-founder and director John Bunzl says: “Following a pre-election campaign that saw 630 candidates from across the party spectrum sign its pledge, the citizen-led Simpol campaign is celebrating an increase in its representation in the House of Commons – with 29 elected MPs now confirmed. The number makes Simpol’s collective of MPs the fourth largest unofficial ‘party’ in Westminster”

The MPs who signed this pledge could prove a decisive voice in favour of more integrated, global policymaking in the next five years. The pledge’s condition of simultaneous implementation avoids any nation suffering a first-mover competitive disadvantage – something that presently hampers substantive agreement on issues such as corporation tax, tax evasion and climate change.

Simpol will be working with all its MPs to broaden support for the campaign in parliament. UK citizens are asked to sign the Simpol Petition to encourage more MPs to support the campaign.