Letter Colin Hines: a massive increase in economic activity arising from environmental policies that are clearly seen to improve prospects for the majority through an emphasis on green jobs in every community. The obvious starting point is to make every home, commercial and industrial building energy efficient worldwide. In the US this is one of the central demands of the youngest of the new members of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, with her call for a select committee for a green new deal, an initiative supported by Bernie Sanders and other elected progressives. Also key will be the rapid transition to renewables and low-carbon local transport systems. To reduce political opposition to such a shift will require cash to help communities initially threatened by such measures, from scrappage schemes for polluting cars, subsidies for a rapid growth in electric public and private transport, through to job conversion schemes for Polish coal miners threatened by the latest climate talks.
Guardian 6th Dec 2018 read more »
Jamie Livingstone, Oxfam: We have 12 years to save the world. And no, this isn’t a job for Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer, Lara Croft or Ethan Hunt. It’s not yet mission impossible but it has fast become mission critical for us all. And right now, the Scottish Parliament has the chance to play a starring role. The threat we’re facing is our changing climate.
Scotsman 7th Dec 2018 read more »