Energy security, using devices manufactured in this country

Professor John A. Mathews’ areas of expertise include semiconductors, flat panel displays and new energy industries, solar photovoltaics and LEDs.

He wrote in the Financial Times:

“A quite different version of “energy security” involves reliance on the power generated by renewable devices – wind turbines, solar cells – that are manufactured in the . . . → Read More: Energy security, using devices manufactured in this country

Should we learn from countries whose companies own our energy providers?

Celia Richardson, director of the Social Economy Alliance, is the lead signatory of a letter in the Financial Times.

 

The Alliance was launched by Social Enterprise UK, a coalition of leading social economy organisations, in order to influence the way political parties formulate social and economic policies before the next General Election and . . . → Read More: Should we learn from countries whose companies own our energy providers?

ChangeKitchen in Digbeth

ChangeKitchen CIC is a social enterprise which was set up by the Birmingham charity, SIFA Fireside, using the  training and catering skills of Birgit Kehrer, the brains and the hands behind BSustained.

Increasing the use of environmentally friendly, organic, local and fair trade products is a priority. Fairtrade goods such as coffee, tea, spices . . . → Read More: ChangeKitchen in Digbeth

Should QE now be used for the common good – extending and adapting the work of Birmingham Energy Savers?

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Quantitative Easing currently benefits the non-bank financial sector, commercial banks and the Treasury

Under QE, Hansard evidence informs us, the Bank of England’s Asset Purchase Facility purchase of just under £375bn of government bonds from the non-bank financial sector has led to a lowering of long term interest rates. The non-bank financial sector . . . → Read More: Should QE now be used for the common good – extending and adapting the work of Birmingham Energy Savers?

If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?

 

Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands, sends news of a report advancing a much-needed debate about how to move the UK out of the counterproductive politics of austerity and into the age of the Green New Deal.

He sees this as a matter of the utmost urgency and thinks that if it . . . → Read More: If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?

American localisers call for new economic forms to support an emerging new economy

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As ‘our grand economic experiment’ has demonstrably failed to serve people and planet, New Economics members in America have begun to readjust and re-experiment. Citizens organized in neighbourhoods, cities, and small towns, are working together to create new economic forms that support an emerging new economy. 

PBS NewsHour has aired . . . → Read More: American localisers call for new economic forms to support an emerging new economy

Is ‘disintegrated localism’ part of a hidden agenda?

Alister Scott, Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance at Birmingham City University, asks:

 

In the Birmingham Post, Scott examined the localism ‘tablet’ , looking critically at Eric Pickles’ rhetoric, commenting: “there is something politically attractive in giving people the right to determine their future and shape the kinds of places . . . → Read More: Is ‘disintegrated localism’ part of a hidden agenda?

Should R. Vijayaraghavan’s proposals be implemented here?

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In the Financial Times he writes:

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“India needs a government that views its youthful population (more than 50% under 25) as a strength and not just as more mouths to feed!

“It needs to craft an original economic policy suitable for its labour-rich economy and not merely adapt the western model more . . . → Read More: Should R. Vijayaraghavan’s proposals be implemented here?

Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?

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The National Farmers Union is urging the public to sign its charter and help to turn around a decline in self-sufficiency from 1991, when the country produced 75% of its own food, to the current production of 62%.

It states that today, August 14, is the day British food supplies . . . → Read More: Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?

Local farm-to-table production is a government motto

In Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas and elsewhere, local farm-to-table production is not a restaurant sales pitch: it is a government motto.

“We’re in a food crisis,” said Hilson Baptiste, the agriculture minister of Antigua and Barbuda. “Every country is concerned about it. How can we produce our own? How can we feed our own?” . . . → Read More: Local farm-to-table production is a government motto