Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Patrick Conaty, has just published a book co-authored with Mike Lewis: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy. It examines many elements of a resilient local economy, collating and critiquing many examples of how this has been achieved all over the world over the last 150 . . . → Read More: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy
A Guardian article by LWM’s co-founder and convenor of the Green New Deal Group, Colin Hines, is summarised here.
The neoliberal export-led growth model, the increasingly discredited single currency and the utterly unchallenged single market are wrecking Europe which is facing a real nightmare: a shrinking full-time job market and hence lack of demand . . . → Read More: Face-to-face caring and infrastructural renewal will provide the backbone for a labour-intensive future
“Isn’t it time to rethink our international trade policies?” asks New Delhi agricultural scientist and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma today, just before a powerful summary of the crucial importance of a healthy environment to the global economy on Radio 4 this morning by Tony Juniper and complementing a recent article by George Monbiot.
. . . → Read More: ’New’ weather demands a new politics – and economics?
Phil Beardmore, independent consultant and member of Localise West Midlands, will introduce the discussion on the new Green Commission.
Is this the means to achieve Birmingham’s ambitious energy and environmental targets? Or is it going to be another bureaucratic fudge, failing to face up to the need for decisive leadership?
. . . → Read More: Learn more about Birmingham’s Green Commission at the Locanta on Tuesday
Chart 4.3 in a 2011 DECC report showed that the West Midlands had highest rate of fuel poverty with around 26% of households requiring to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. A Chamberlain Forum article confirms that this position has been maintained, with . . . → Read More: Solving fuel poverty – an update
A recent message came from Bob Massie, the president of the New Economics Institute, based in Massachusetts, which grew from E. F. Schumacher Society, in close partnership with Britain’s new economics foundation. It opened by saying that 2013 is likely to be a watershed year:
“A tremendous number of people around the country . . . → Read More: 2013 watershed: rebuilding local economies
Singapore-based Chandran Nair, think-tank founder, businessman, environmental consultant and poet, continues – in the Financial Times – to urge policy makers in Asia to turn away from the dominant Western ideology, “that got the world into its current predicament”.
He eloquently expresses his belief that if Asian economies develop on the same ‘resource-guzzling terms’ . . . → Read More: Chandran Nair’s message for Asian economies – and ours?