We examined 63 cities and towns and ranked them in seven categories widely linked to the modern phenomenon of wokeness. Oxford did not lead in a single category, but it outperformed its rivals on an overall scale of worthiness that took account of election turnout; vegan and vegetarian restaurants; recycling rates for household waste; carbon dioxide emissions; charity donations; support for Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activism; and non-polluting vehicles. At the bottom end of the scale, Barnsley, Mansfield and Burnley appeared the least woke places in the UK.
Times 15th March 2020 read more »
Salford may have been fondly dubbed a “dirty old town” by folk singer Ewan MacColl and depicted as full of smoky chimneys by LS Lowry, but new research has crowned it the greenest place to live in England and Wales. The city, part of Greater Manchester, is more sustainable than places such as Brighton, where Caroline Lucas is Britain’s only Green party MP, and Bristol, a former European Green Capital, according to a study to be released this week by the Centre for Thriving Places. In this socialist stronghold of the north-west – represented by the Momentum-backed Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey – the leftwing council, run by Labour mayor Paul Dennett, is building the most energy-efficient new homes in England and Wales and preserving and creating more green space than any other council. The city also has lower-than-average CO2 emissions, lower-than-average energy consumption levels and higher-than-average recycling rates.
Observer 14th March 2020 read more »