Community energy solutions: Plymouth

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Microfinance, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Renewable energy, Transition

In 2012 Plymouth’s co-operative city council established a Low Carbon City Team, which helped to identify the city’s potential for community energy solutions and forge partnerships. The council funded pre-development, initial community engagement and business plan development. In 2013 it joined forces with local residents to form Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) which then set up a second Industrial & Provident […]

A different economic model: 2 – a constant, stable,‘steady state’ economy

Posted Posted in Economy, Environment, Government, Local economies, Localisation, Poverty, Transition

George Monbiot suggests that it is time for a government commission on post-growth economics which would invite contributions from those already investigating the possibility of moving towards a steady state economy: one that seeks distribution rather than blind expansion; that does not demand infinite growth on a finite planet. Localise West Midlands is dedicated to advocating and building such an […]

A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Low carbon, Planning, Poverty, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Vested interests replacing the now defunct Flying Matters, a lobby group funded by the aviation industry, vigorously defend the profitable import of food from countries with malnourished people. A better way forward, socially, economically and environmentally is offered by the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jose Graziano da Silva (Extraordinary Minister for Food Security), one of […]

Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Employment, Environment, Export-led growth, Finance, Globalisation, Green Deal, Green New Deal, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Trade, Transition

Philip Stephens, an associate editor, in the Financial Times: “Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting; it needs an enforcer – a hegemon, a concert of powers or global governance arrangements”. Evidence: the collapse of the Doha, the demise of global free-trade agreements, and the emergence of regional coalitions and deals. The emerging economies are building south-south relationships […]

Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest, Transition, Transport, Water

  New Delhi Television online reports that the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a farmers’ organisation met India’s Environment Minister today to protest against the go-ahead given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee on July 18 to field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal. The Environment Minister, in a statement issued later by the SJM […]

Calls for a living wage

Posted Posted in City council, Economy, Finance, Government, Poverty, Sustainability, Transition

Andrew Lydon writes that, over the last year, probably the most radical proposal made by Labour leader Ed Miliband is about the Living Wage and Living Wage Zones: “Living wage zones would work for everyone – the people who get decent pay, the employers who get a more committed workforce and the government that saves money on credits.” He said […]

Localising Prosperity? See Localise West Midlands’ new website

Posted Posted in Economy, Local economies, Planning, Poverty

On the Localising Prosperity website, Localise West Midlands asks if you want to maximise the benefits of economic development in your area: “Do you want a socially inclusive, redistributive, prosperous economy?” This is about localising prosperity for everyone – by integrating community economic development into everyday business. About understanding and building upon an area’s existing strengths so that it can […]

Reflections – Food & Our Future discussion event

Posted Posted in Food, Poverty, Retail

A quick few personal reflections after our Food and Our Future event last night. These are more a response than an account, so if you weren’t there then apologies as you’re getting much less than half the conversation. . Firstly thanks to all the people who came – really brilliant turnout – and even more to our excellent speakers, Chris Mould, Liz Dowler and […]

City politics: unrest should be seen as a wake-up call

Posted Posted in Local government, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest

John Rossant is chairman of the New Cities Foundation and President of PublicisLive, which has been producing the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1995. Two days after the event, failing to mention the 4000 people gathered in London for the People’s Assembly, John Rossant points to a ‘common thread’ running through the Arab uprisings and Occupy Wall Street, the […]