20 June 2019
The Corporate Business Plan has been the subject of three briefings. It was apparently agreed a year ago and is intended to last another 2 years. The main problem is that it is all about growth. The introduction states that ‘Growth, wellbeing and financial sustainability are the council’s key objectives over the next three years. No mention of environmental issues there. When we had the financial briefing, all became clear. Government grant to the Council has been reduced by over 70% - but the Council has been able to offset most of this by securing Government growth funding – grants linked to the number of new houses and businesses being built.
08 June 2019
Stafford is full of generous, hardworking people who are making a difference. Many reject the over-consumption of food and the waste of food resulting in the first ‘social café’ opening in Stafford thanks to the efforts of community groups. This year’s ‘Repair Café’ held at the Littleworth Community Centre illustrates the potential for repairing goods rather than replacing them. When I do the Park Run along the Isabel Trail on a Saturday morning the marshals, all voluntary, wave us off. Along the route we pass a group of Stafford Litter Heroes clutching bulging black bin bags full of litter keeping the trail free of rubbish for walkers, runners and wildlife.
08 June 2019
The intensive nature of fish farming necessitates overcrowding of sea ‘cages’, which results in excrement and waste escaping into the surrounding sea, contaminating the area. There are continuing problems tackling parasitic sea lice which attach themselves to the skin of the fish and can be transferred to passing wild salmon and little progress has been made in tackling environmental problems since 2002, that is 16 years ago.
01 June 2019
Bees have been pollinating flowers for 120 million or more years; they’re extremely good at it. The idea that we could build something anywhere near as amazing, environmentally friendly and cost-effective is ridiculous.
03 May 2019
With a huge 58.8% of the vote, Tony Pearce wins the Doxey & Castletown council seat for the Greens.
24 April 2019
Amelia Womack visits Stafford to join us canvassing ahead of the council elections.
10 April 2019
The species of bluefin tuna most endangered are the Atlantic and the Pacific bluefin. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization they are victims of rampant over- fishing and weak international regulations. Some research by marine conservationists indicates that the bluefin population is about 15% of its historic baseline and that this figure is probably too rosy; where once 100 fish survived, only 3 remain.
06 April 2019
Polly Higgins is a fifty-year-old barrister who has been diagnosed with aggressive cancer and has just weeks to live. Although that is tragic, that is not why I want to pay tribute to her, it is because she has spent the last ten years drafting model laws to show what the crime of ecocide would look like and how they could be used effectively in an international court to hold governments and corporates to account for the deliberate destruction of the natural world and our life-sustaining systems.
12 March 2019
Global warming is happening faster than thought and pollution from vehicles is at dangerous levels in many places. Meanwhile loneliness and isolation are major underlying causes of illness among older people especially – yet local bus services are being slashed, thus encouraging additional car journeys and causing congestion increases in towns like Stafford.
02 March 2019
In 2015 the Welsh Assembly passed the Well-being of Future Generations Act so making Wales the first legislature in the world to enshrine in law a duty on public bodies to safeguard the well-being of stakeholders who have not yet been born.
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