Showing posts from September, 2012

Green Party calls for a national Climate Action Plan

Green Party of New York Green Party calls for a national Climate Action Plan
Move to carbon free economy by 2025 with renewable, clean energy
The Green Party of New York today helped coordinate a nationwide day of action around the country to call for action around climate change. A copy of the plan is at, as well as below.
In NYS, Green Party events were organized in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Syracuse and Albany. The day was capped with a nationwide Virtual Town Hall meeting with Green Presidential Jill Stein (7 PM EST,, who took questions from participants across the country. The Town Hall was moderated by Colin Beavan, who is running for Congress on the Green line in Brooklyn. Beavan is best known for book and DVD as No Impact Man. Climate change activist Bill McKibben provided an overview of the issue.
The Green Party called for immediate action by Congress and the President to adopt a Climate Action Plan to transition to a carbon free …

From Fukushima to Hinkley Point

One of the pleasures of being elected as the Green Party of England and Wales International Coordinator is working with the members of our International Committee.  Interesting and creative people.  For example, Rebecca Johnson, a long term campaigner against nuclear power and weapons, is doing superb work.  She was one of the women peace campaigners at Greenham Common in the 1980s,  challenging cruise missiles.

Just back from Japan, she has written on the lessons for the green movement in the UK of the Fukushima disaster.

A week after getting back from Fukushima, I found myself talking with three women in Bristol who were handing out leaflets and urging people to take action to stop the building of the new Hinkley C nuclear power reactor in Somerset.  Their leaflet showed the evacuation zones if Hinkley were to suffer the kind of accident that caused fires and explosions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011.  Cardiff lies 20 miles away, across the Bristol Chan…

HANDS OFF LATIN AMERICA! Protest in London on 12th October

HANDS OFF LATIN AMERICA! 1492 – Start of the Genocide! Solidarity with Peoples’ Resistance! Down with the Free Trade Agreements! Defend Food Sovereignty! Gringo justice protects dictators, imprisons truth tellers! For Cultural Resistance – Latin America – Abya Yala – Nican Tlaca! No to military or ‘democratic’ corps d’etat!
Assembly Point:  17h00 US Embassy Grosvenor Square W1A 1AE Depart: 18h00
We will pass HQ of Lonmin SW1X 7YL    (mining company involved in massacre in South Africa) Pause at Spanish Embassy SW1X 8SB (they have a party that night?) Pause at Peru Embassy SW1X 9SP (against expansion of Cajamarca mine)
19h Popular Assembly/ Rally opposite the Colombia and Ecuador Embassies SW1X OLS
20h End in front of Embassies
21h  Celebration of resistance music in Institute of Education (Piccadilly line to Russell Square) 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL,

Salma Yaqoob has resigned from Respect.

Salma Yaqoob has resigned from Respect.

Open invitation for her to join the Green Party, one of my favourite politicians and good feminist!

Below is her statement to the party:
Dear friends
It is with deep regret that I have decided to resign from Respect. The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for everyone in the party. I feel necessary relations of trust and collaborative working have unfortunately broken down. I have no wish to prolong those difficulties, and indeed hope that they may now be drawn to a close.

I remain committed to the principles and values that led me to help found Respect. The policies we have fought for need to be voiced as loud as ever in opposition to a political establishment that remains out of touch with working people.

I would like to thank everyone in the party for their support over the years; I wish everyone the very best for the future and in those common struggles for peace, justice and equality that I am sure we will all continue to be involved i…



Elected as Green Party International Coordinator

Thanks for your support, great news for those of us on the left of the Green Party!  Hope Romayne and Will win as leader and deputy but will also be good news if its Peter Cranie and Alex Phillips, their result on monday at 11pm
The result of the International Co-ordinator election is as follows:
2945 ballot papers returned, of which 388 were spoilt (mostly blank), giving a total valid vote of 2557 and a quota of 1278.6
First preferences were: 1182 - Wall 872 - Power 477 - Street 26 - RON
No one achieves quota and so Street is eliminated and his votes are redistributed to give the following figures:
1375 - Wall 1068 - Power 70 - RON 44 - non transferable
Derek Wall is therefore elected as International Co-ordinator
Congratulations to Derek and many thanks to you all 
Jon Nott
Electoral Returning Officer

Au contraire, Monsieur Hardin!

Whether studying California groundwater basins, North Atlantic fisheries, African community forests, or Nepalese irrigation systems, scientific case studies frequently seem to answer:  Au contraire, Monsieur Hardin!  There may be situations where this model an be applied, but many groups can effectively manage and sustain common resources if they have suitable conditions, such as appropriate rules, good conflict-resolution mechanisms, and well-defined group boundaries (Hess and Ostrom 2011: 11)
Elinor Ostrom is best known for her work on common pool property resources better known as commons.  Even before the 1968 publication of Garrett Hardin's 'Tragedy of the Commons' paper in the journal Science, it was generally assumed by academic that collective management of a resource would lead to chaos.  Property was either private or state owned.  Commons was non property and as such open to all it would be abused and degraded.  Using the analytical tools from experiments to sa…