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Tag Archives: climate change
Respond to the National Planning Policy Framework consultation
The government is consulting on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. This guidance governs the way planing takes place in England. It covers plan making, for example through the council-level local plans, and development management, for example in determining … Continue reading
Posted in news, Planning Tagged climate change, community, consultations, NPPF, Planning, policy 2 Comments
Trimtab* tactics to move civil society on climate
*A ship’s trimtab is a small narrow rudder on the trailing edge of the much large rudder. To start turning a huge ship, the trimtab is deflected, which initiates the process of turning the ship by making the larger rudder … Continue reading
Posted in Climate Change, community Tagged civil society, climate change, community, degrowth, strategy Leave a comment
UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy – a critical review
a guest piece by Peter Somerville In this devastating critique, Peter Somerville makes a detailed examination of the UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy. Read his review in full here. He begins by setting the strategy in context. When the government … Continue reading
Posted in analysis, Climate Change Tagged climate change, critique, emissions, net zero, Peter Somerville, policy, UK government 2 Comments
The Carbon and Planning Workbook
This is a guide for local campaigners who want to estimate the carbon (greenhouse gas) consequences of proposed planning developments on local land. It takes you through the various aspects to consider and data that you can use in your … Continue reading
Posted in Climate Change, explainers, Planning Tagged buildings, carbon emissions, Carbon metrics, carbon sequestration, citizen science, climate change, Planning 4 Comments
Can Cop26 lead to a viable future? The Meteor interviews us.
The Meteor is an increasingly indispensable source of news for Greater Manchester an beyond. It is a worker co-op “a not-for-profit, independent media co-operative – an alternative, radical, community-based publication for the people of Manchester.” Conrad Bower, editor and co-founder, … Continue reading
Posted in analysis, Climate Change, Greater Manchester Tagged climate change, COP26, degrowth, GDP, Interview, Mark Burton, policies, post-growth, The Meteor, viable economy Leave a comment
Fighting Fire with Fire?
Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton (2021) Planet on Fire: A manifesto for the age of environmental breakdown. London: Verso. 280pp. £12.99 (hb).
Jonathan Neale (2021) Fight the Fire: Green New Deals and global climate jobs. London: Resistance Books. 348pp. Available as free e-book at: https://theecologist.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Fight_the_Fire_0.pdf.
These are two very different books but with much in common. Both are concerned with how to respond to the climate and ecological emergency. Jonathan Neale’s (JN) focus is on the global level, while that of Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton (L&L-L) is primarily on the UK. Both argue strongly for a social democratic approach, by which I mean an emphasis primarily on public provision and governmental regulation to address the crisis. Continue reading
Posted in Climate Change, further reading, key concepts Tagged Book reviews, climate change, Green New Deal, Peter Somerville, Politics Leave a comment
The timidity of Transport for the North (TfN)
Transport for the North has released what it calls its Decarbonisation Strategy. It is also asking for comments on it via its consultation process. Occasional contributor to this website, Peter Somerville, has provided the following commentary. The timidity of Transport … Continue reading
Posted in analysis, Climate Change, transport Tagged climate change, consultations, decarbonisation, Peter Somerville, TfN, Transport for the North 3 Comments
Viable Greater Manchester: our new policy collection
Now with summary diagram showing how the policies would work to support each other. Viable Greater Manchester Policies for a Socially Just & Ecologically Safe City Region, 2021 This is a contribution from Steady State Manchester to the debate about … Continue reading