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    at most two severely limit the supplies of raw materials and energy needed to enable large scale robotisation and pollution crises part speeded up by huge investments in automation will have the same effect The question is whether we can rein in robotisation soon enough to ensure that Peak Robot occurs under our control and not as a result of a crash forced on us by collapsing ecosystems Green House sees the debate here as a central one for our times and a topic that has not been dwelt on nearly enough by all those serious about our politics and our shared future We hope that you will join the debate on social media and beyond On 6 January Green House published a new Gas Paris Optimism Pessimism and Realism by Brian Heatley It argues that notwithstanding the public optimism the real meaning of the Paris Climate Agreement is that it is now almost inevitable that there will be 3 4 degrees C of warming by 2100 and that we urgently need to face this and its political implications While not giving up on trying to prevent climate change we must also accept that we need to adapt to it and the very different world it will create This Gas was also the focus of a public discussion event to discuss the outcome of the Paris talks in a broader perspective The event was entitled Facing up to Climate Change Optimism Pessimism and Realism after Paris and took place in Lancaster on 9 January A packed house of over 70 people joined in a thoughtful debate following a presentation by Brian Heatley and responses from John Foster of Lancaster University author of After Sustainability and Stuart Parkinson of Scientists for Global Responsibility you can download their responses by clicking on their names Politics is the art of the possible to repeat the well known quotation from Bismarck at the head of this page He added to this definition the attainable the art of the next best For Greens today politics has to be about more than the next best Clearly political goals have to be attainable but what is considered attainable has for the last thirty years certainly not been either of the best or even the next best The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party a Labour leader without historical precedent offers a challenge to all those who oppose continuing inequality climate change and the dominance of Capital For Greens he offers a special opportunity an opportunity to articulate and promote a progressive politics that is distinctly different from that of the Labour Party and one which is more capable of successfully addressing the complex and interconnected problems of the 21st century Green Politics and the Left is a new form of intervention for Green House It brings together in one downloadable pdf seven short essays by Green House members to explore and debate the new dynamics of Ecologism Socialism Democracy and Republicanism Not

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  • This we believe - Green House Think Tank
    people We believe that one day our country and our world will see true demo cracy the rule of the people by the people for the people We believe in massive co ordinated action on climate in a just transition in public services in equality in a dynamic equilibrium economy in restorative justice in localisation and in real care for the future We believe that the economy is more than just a machine to produce more and more trinkets and that the pie has to stop growing because the ingredients are running out We believe that the ownership of land is a historical mistake and that animals cannot be our property We believe in the future and that the interests of future people carry as much weight as our own We strongly believe in society in our common humanity and in a culture of hope We believe that the time is right for a thinktank that is adequate to the challenges facing this country and this living planet of ours This we believe Tweets by GreenHouse UK Our Book You can order our book and order or download all of our Reports Responses and Gases from the Publications pages of

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  • People - Green House Think Tank
    in the university system in both Britain and Germany and worked in academic publishing He is joint Founder and Convenor of the British German Environment Forum Maya de Souza works in environmental policy and is a councillor in Camden where she is developing a community bond to fund local energy schemes She has a strong interest in green economics and philosophy and mental health Maya is a qualified lawyer and worked for a number of years as an employment lawyer mainly for trades unions She has a degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics as well as a Masters in Law Andrew Dobson is Professor of Politics at Keele University He specializes in environmental political theory and the 4th edition of his Green Political Thought was published in 2006 Together with Brian Heatley Andy Dobson worked on the Green Party s 2010 and 2015 election manifestos and stood for the Green Party in the 2005 General Election in Newcastle under Lyme His webpage is here Andrew Dobson Jonathan Essex is a chartered engineer and environmentalist He has worked for engineering consultants and contractors in the UK Bangladesh and Vietnam He is currently sustainable construction manager at Bioregional an environmental charity This work has included developing strategies for a social enterprise ecopark Pushing Reuse and decarbonising the UK construction and housing industries Lucy Ford is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University Her research focuses broadly on global political ecology with a particular interest in civil society and social movements She previously worked as researcher and parliamentary assistant to Caroline Lucas the UK s first Green Member of Parliament George Graham is a specialist in the policy and practice of humanitarian aid He has worked in Nepal India and Sudan and elsewhere in Africa and Asia He is now

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  • Advisory Group - Green House Think Tank
    with the Sustainable Development Commission for whom he wrote the report Prosperity without Growth now published as a book by Earthscan Jean Lambert is London s Green Party Member of the European Parliament a position she has held since 1999 Jean works on a range of social and environmental concerns A member of the Parliament s Employment and Civil Liberties committees and Chair of the South Asia Delegation Jean won the 2005 award for MEP of the year for her work on justice and human rights She was Vice President of the European Parliament Green Group for 2002 6 Lyla Mehta is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a Visiting Professor at Noragric Norwegian University of Life Sciences She is a sociologist working on the politics of environment and development gender and displacement rights and access to natural resources water and sanitation and the politics of scarcity and uncertainty Lyla has engaged in advisory work with various UN agencies and has also been active in advocacy and activist work on gender environment and development issues with NGOs and social movements in Europe and India Her publications include The Politics and Poetics of Water Naturalising Scarcity in Western India and The Limits to Scarcity Contesting the politics of allocation Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor at Northumbria University and a leading ecofeminist economist She has published widely on money and finance co operation sustainable cities ecofeminism and social ist economics Her book The Future of Money From Financial Crisis to Public Resource Pluto 2010 proposes a sustainable provisioning economy based on the democratisation of the money system Allyson Pollock Allyson Pollock is Professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London She is an academic public health doctor and leading authority on PFI and the implications of market mechanisms and privatisation of public services She is the author of NHS plc and co author of The New NHS A Guide Jonathon Porritt is an English environmentalist and writer Formerly Chair of the Ecology Party and Director of Friends of the Earth he was chair of the Sustainable Development Commission from 2000 to 2009 An updated edition of his book Capitalism as if the World Matters was published by Earthscan in 2007 He blogs at Jonathon Porrit s pages Molly Scott Cato is Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University and since May 2014 a Green Party MEP representing the South West of England and Gibraltar Her academic work engages critically with the existing economic paradigm which she considers to be the fundamental cause of the ecological crisis She blogs at Gaian Economics Pritam Singh is Reader in Economics at Oxford Brookes University His work focuses on two areas the sustainability implications of the spatial shift of global capitalism and Indian capitalism with an emphasis on decentralisation and human rights He recently published Federalism Nationalism and Development India and the Punjab Eeconomy and is an Economic Advisor to

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  • Publications - Green House Think Tank
    we recently published the first Green House book The Post Growth Project How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society which collects together the reports that have emerged from the Post Growth Project so that they can be seen in relation to each other where they add up to a rounded and cohesive argument for a radical political reorientation This book can be 0rdered postage free from our Homepage or our books page This marks the launch of Green House as a book publisher We believe there is an urgent need in the UK for a radical green publishing house with clout and credibility If you are searching for such a publisher get in touch Copies of all our Reports Responses and Gases can be downloaded for free from the appropriate page see above You can also buy printed copies of Reports online at www lulu com And for those with a desire to know more about Green House itself our Annual Report for 2014 15 can be downloaded pdf 453 K here Tweets by GreenHouse UK Our Book You can order our book and order or download all of our Reports Responses and Gases

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  • Reports - Green House Think Tank
    anti science In this report Anne Chapman argues that the Green movement owes a great deal to science and like scientists Greens tend to think that decisions should be made on the basis of rational arguments by appeal to the evidence However they are also aware of the limits of science both in the sense of the limits to its knowledge and that science is not sufficient to tell us how to live Greens oppose particular technologies not science because those technologies are risky and because they have a different vision for how we should produce electricity and food Primary Commodity Prices and Global Food Security by Thomas Lines In this report commodities expert Thomas Lines shows what has really happened to food prices and farm incomes in recent years Food prices have risen but not faster than manufactures However agricultural inputs like fertilisers and oil have risen much faster This has created a world crisis for farming a crisis of reduced agricultural incomes and an ageing farming population The author argues that a new approach is needed building on known methods a greater variety of staple crops traditional farming techniques and agro ecology to create a food system which is economically as well as ecologically more resilient and sustainable Joined up Economics by Brian Heatley Not only is the economy in crisis but so is economics Most economics deduces wrong conclusions from unrealistic premises about just a small part of human material activity In this common sense account Brian Heatley uses real data to connect the UK s economic performance to the wider environment and through an analysis of the origins of inequality shows how the economy contributes to or undermines people s happiness and security He concludes by suggesting we face a materially poorer world but perhaps nevertheless a better one Download Joined up Economics here The paper refers to two Excel spreadsheets Download Business as Usual Download The Alternative Case Strangled by the Duopoly by John Hare and Rupert Read John Hare and Rupert Read s new report argues that any discussion of party funding that does not examine the wider crisis of UK democracy including questions of electoral system participation rates and corporate power is an exercise in deckchair rearrangement For this reason this report goes beyond the narrow traditional domain of party funding to consider the funding question in the context of the broader crisis The public are being utterly consistent in seeking to end the corrupt culture of the big donors and to refuse to give further money to the governing parties that have ceased to represent anything more than a small minority of the population John Hare and Rupert Read s recommendations are consistent with that consistency Local Liquidity by Molly Scott Cato All across the world local communities like Bristol in the UK are starting their own currencies to counter the problems caused by the financial crisis and the misallocation of money towards the gambling circuits of the casino economy and away

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  • Responses - Green House Think Tank
    be achieved together Green House s John Blewitt certainly thinks so and has written a response here entitled Having Your Cake and Eating It Too Inquiry into Green Finance by the Environmental Audit Committee It is common parlance amongst Greens to talk about the inherent link between the instability of capitalism as an economic system and the uncontrolled exploitation of nature s wealth that is leading to ecological collapse These two seem to come together in the question of green finance The early response from the conventional finance institutions has been to seek to profit from investment in green sectors for example by creating carbon based derivatives In our evidence written by Molly Scott Cato and Jonathan Essex we suggested using an Energy Return on Energy Invested measure to assess whether an investment is green and a much greater emphasis on public and co operative financing of green infrastructure Read the full evidence on Green Finance doc 708 K here Green Economy Inquiry Environmental Audit Committee We recently marked the centenary of the birth of E F Schumacher and it is 40 years since he published Small is Beautiful we have seen an acceleration of species loss rapidly rising carbon emissions and the depletion of a range of essential resources Over the past few years the issue of climate change has moved from a peripheral concern of scientists and environmentalists to being a central issue in global policy making This is but one of many indications that our economy is in fundamental conflict with our ecological systems it was these indications that stimulated the development of a green approach to the economy Nicholas Stern famously identified climate change as the greatest ever example of market failure Climate change is only one although clearly the most serious one of the many

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  • Gases - Green House Think Tank
    of the current version of capitalism and looks at what its weaknesses imply for radical politics The focus here is particularly on the two largest dysfunctional economic sectors which are now creating massive problems for capitalism as a whole finance and fossil fuels Victor s analysis looks ahead to the development of a realistic political strategy in which green socialist and other movements learn from each other s ideas to move society on to a more sensible way of arranging things Download The Fall of Neoliberalism pdf 374 K here Victor s essay has provoked a series of responses which are gathered together in an e book entitled Green Politics and the Left This can be downloaded here Meanwhile another essay in the collection State market and democracy in Green politics by Tom Lines can also be downloaded as a Gas here pdf 439 K The Sustainable Development Goals that were formally adopted at the UN in September 2015 might simply be regarded as another tool for delivering aid and encouraging development in the global south much in the same way as the Millennium Development Goals This would be to underestimate their ability to provide a means of holding up our own government s domestic policies on renewable energy austerity and economic growth to scrutiny on a global stage Green House s Ann Pfeiffer asks What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for the UK You can download the essay here pdf 231 K On 20 March Green House together with the Green European Foundation and the Belgian think tank Oikos held a panel debate and public discussion on Green growth or de growth Alternatives to Austerity in Europe at Europe House in London hosted by Jean Lambert London s Green MEP Speakers included experts from southern eastern and western Europe talking about the differing challenges being mounted in their countries and regions to austerity policy and how the Green alternative to austerity fits into this broader political picture In a follow up to this event Green House coordinator Ray Cunningham argues in this Gas that Greens should beware of the temptation to enter into political alliances based on opposition to austerity alone As the elation surrounding Syriza s election victory in Greece threatens to turn into despair and further economic and social upheaval as it struggles to reconcile its popular mandate with Realpolitik and Realfinanz this warning may be especially timely Download Can Greens be part of a broad Anti Austerity Front in Europe pdf 340 K here The CapGlobalCarbon initiative The science is clear the world is heading for irreversible climate change It is also evident that the current system of intergovernmental negotiations is failing to deliver the drastic reductions in global emissions of CO2 from fossil fuels needed to avoid this outcome In this new Green House gas John Jopling of the Irish think tank Feasta argues that the situation calls for non governmental actors to set up the necessary system of global regulation that governments seemingly

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