A New Green Surge? Welcome on board!

It’s been an intense Autumn for the Green Party and environmentalists in general. An Autumn in which the existential threat that faces all of us has come more sharply into focus than ever. But also an Autumn that has seen us dare to hope like never before. It is a season that has given us dark glimpses of the future, but has also seen us march in numbers not seen in years as we protested against Brexit chaos. And a season in which, finally, an open rebellion has been declared against the establishment, and its suicidal “Business As Usual” policies.

And finally, as we approach the season of goodwill, perhaps we have reason to wish each other a “Green Christmas”!

Apocalypse Soon?

The Autumn began with a special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And, as I’m sure you will now be aware, the situation has never been more critical. We have, as a planet, 12 years in which to drastically cut our current emissions in an effort to avoid a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees or more above pre-industrial levels. Even if we stop at this increase we risk devastating heatwaves, superstorms and floods that make islands in the Pacific disappear beneath the waves.

One thing is certain, the Climate Crisis will get worse from here, and it is a sad fact that global carbon emissions increased in 2017 and are set to increase again in 2018.

Hope Dies, Action Begins!

It is with the above, and with other such dramatic statements of intent, that the Extinction Rebellion (XR for short) set about their mission.

The mission began in earnest at the end of October, with a stirring call to action outside the Houses of Parliament. The highway next to Parliament was blocked for 3 hours during this protest, causing several people to be arrested, and this set the pattern for the month that followed. The highlight of this month of action was Rebellion Day on 17th November, which saw 6,000 people from around the country descend upon London.

On this day five of the main bridges in the city (Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Southwark) were blocked by a motley crew of rebels from all age groups, races and faiths (or lack thereof); united in the cause of trying to jolt this government from its state of denial towards this crisis we are in. At the end of Rebellion Day nearly a hundred people had been arrested.

Green Rebellion

Of all the political parties, XR was embraced most of all by the Green Party. None violent Direct Action is actually part of the ethos of the Greens, because when the establishment is no longer protecting the common good, then the laws and regulations that it has declared become part of the trappings of authority and power that must be challenged by the people.

So far such notables as Caroline Lucas, Jonathan Bartley, Molly Scott Cato, Jenny Jones and Rupert Read have pledged support to XR. And the Ealing Green Party have played their part, up to and including adding to the arrest figures! This is not a course of action that any of us has taken lightly, but we acknowledge that “Business As Usual” has ended, and that the time has come to make a fundamental analysis of this culture of economic growth at all costs.

We know this current system is not good for the planet or its animals; we know this system increases inequality, poverty, homelessness and depression in its people. Is it time to find another way?

The Green Party says yes!

And with policies that include democratic reform and the introduction of a Universal Basic Income, we are already setting forth ideas for what this new world might look like.

Fighting for a People’s Vote

Of course, part of our immediate future is still heading towards withdrawal from the European Union.

But before this drastic step is taken, should the people not be consulted on what this Brexit might look like, and should they not have the choice of ending this course if we think the risk we are taking is too great?

The Green Party says yes!

And so on 20th October, we joined over 600,000 people on the biggest protest march seen in Britain since the days of the Iraq War.

This is an issue that is developing by the hour; but we must do all we can to make the People’s Vote a reality, and, if the worst comes to the worst, then we must fight to get the Greenest Brexit we can get. It is probable that this will never be over.

Climate Emergency

Finally, as December begins, two bits of fantastic news!

First, with the prompting of Green representatives Caroline Russell and Siân Berry, on 6th December the Greater London Assembly voted to recommend that Mayor Sadiq Khan should agree that we are in a state of climate emergency!

Does this mean that London will finally get true protection for green spaces, traffic reduction, more protected cycle lanes and drastic action on renewable energy that it desperately needs? As yet this is unclear – but at the least, it has to be a shot in the arm for these campaigns.

Don’t forget to sign the petition to Ealing Council. Time to divest your pensions from fossil fuels!

Second, what does all this mean for the membership of the Green Party, including the Ealing Greens?

It means it’s going up!

The new Green surge has begun!

We look forward to seeing you along at one of our new look monthly meetings on the first Thursday of every month.

12 Years To Avoid a Climate Change Catastrophe

The IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change) released a disturbing report this week outlining that we have just 12 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe.

Hounslow Fire 2018
Hounslow Heath Fire 2018

The report makes it clear that it is man-made climate change that is causing extreme weather events across the country including the heatwaves we experienced this summer in Ealing.

Although councils have the power to make changes to positively impact climate change they appear to be dragging their heels.

In four years time at the end of this current Labour administration in Ealing, we’ll only have 8 years left so they must start taking meaningful action today.

 

Why I’m Going Hungry This Weekend

This weekend I will be going on hunger strike.

Compared to some of the comrades who will be taking this action alongside me, I won’t be going that long without food (2 ½ – 3 days). But it should still be an interesting experience.

We are doing this for two reasons: firstly, we wish to highlight the madness and short termism of a government that wants to build an unnecessary 3rd runway at Heathrow. This expansion will bring negligible economic benefits to the country as a whole (as has been confirmed by the government’s own economic studies on the subject).

So the benefits will be little – however the impact on an already strained environment will be great. Air pollution, noise pollution and traffic congestion, already considerable in London, will be further proliferated.

But the greatest price we will pay for this vanity project is the acceleration effect towards catastrophic climate change that this will have. Aviation is one of the biggest contributors towards an atmosphere already heaving with human generated CO2.

And here we have a government that pays lip service to climate action while favouring the car industry and pushing fracking (even being prepared to override democracy) at the expense of clean, renewable energy sources.

We need to make a stand, now.

3 Line Whip

Jeremy Corbyn, if he is serious about climate action as he claims he is, needs to impose a 3 line whip on his Labour MP’s to vote AGAINST this disastrous expansion.

That’s why we’ll be sitting outside Labour Party HQ (105 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 6QT) every day from Saturday 9th June: to put pressure on Mr Corbyn to do exactly this.

I will be with them on Saturday 9th between Midday and 4PM, then on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th June between 8AM and 1PM.

And then my hardier comrades will continue the hunger strike into the week.

Why not come and say hello to us, and lend us your support?

#No3rdRunway #StopHeathrowExpansion #RisingUp

Manifesto: 2018 Council Elections

We love Ealing, and we want to keep it wonderful for you by adding a Green voice to Ealing Council.

You have three votes.  Make one of them Green where you live on 3 May to get a collaborative, innovative councillor in your area.  If elected, we promise:

  • Green spaces: 

    We will protect, enhance and grow our green spaces, both parks and natural habitats.  We want a pesticide-free Ealing, with big plans to reduce plastics and fossil fuel use.  We will do everything we can to keep Warren Farm and all Metropolitan Open Land for the common good.  London can truly be a National Park City.

  • Democracy and transparency:

    We will always listen, and put residents first in everything we do. We work for you and will publish all the data, minutes and decisions we can.

  • Housing:

    We have bold ideas that are an alternative to runaway development and high rise flats.  We will be a voice for residents.  We will provide resident-led, genuinely affordable housing on existing developed land, with holistic planning.  We’ll change the Council Tax rules to make sure homes are for people to live in, not empty shells for investors. We endorse and will deliver Community Land Trusts.

  • Cinema:

    We will actually deliver a cinema.

  • Safety:

    We will make our streets and public open spaces safer and more pleasant for everyone, with reduced traffic. Walking and cycling must be safe and accessible.  Uxbridge Road and other roads need a Healthy Streets rethink.

  • Health:

    We must save Ealing Hospital as well as the rest of the NHS. Read more here.

  • Security and wellbeing:

    We will keep you safe and healthy, working with police and voluntary groups to help the most vulnerable.

  • Air pollution:

    We will make Ealing and Hanwell more beautiful and tranquil, with less noise and air pollution.  We will divest Ealing’s fossil fuel pensions.

  • Poverty:

    We promote dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all. Nobody in Ealing will be homeless.

  • Local business:

    We will champion and revitalise local businesses and good jobs, listening to what support local entrepreneurs need while working nationally to prevent a hard Brexit.

  • HS2:

    We will make the redevelopment of Old Oak Common a ‘people’s’ development, fighting to mitigate pollution, disruption and noise from HS2 and its construction for local residents.

  • Heathrow:

    We will genuinely oppose Heathrow expansion and the noise and pollution that would bring, while protecting local jobs and making the existing airport a better neighbour.

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