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Re-inventing the ‘Limits to Growth’ debate

Still barely a mention about the environment in the Referendum campaign – just another reminder that these issues still have very little cut-through in UK politics. Beyond the debate about climate change (which, to be fair, does get some cut-through, though rarely in ways that would be desirable),…

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Quitting the EU would be a weird way of Protecting the English Countryside!

It felt like a little bit of a Lion’s Den challenge, but addressing the AGM of Gloucestershire CPRE turned out to be a very pleasant occasion – not least because I couldn’t help but be charmed by the full-on energy of a beautiful Spring day, the delights of a wonderful venue (Stowell Park), and the…

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‘We Are Europe’ Goes Live Today!

Readers of this blog will know that I’m pretty passionate about doing what I can to ensure a Yes to Europe vote on June 23rd! And the most important thing I’m doing in that regard is ‘We Are Europe’. The game plan behind We Are Europe is incredible simple: There are just two months to go before the…

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Obama right on climate change and right on Europe

This Friday will mark a memorable moment in the history of climate diplomacy. It’s when the world comes together in New York to sign up to the climate agreement agreed in Paris at the end of last year. Over 150 nations, including over 60 Heads of State, will confirm their determination to start…

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So Who’s Gagging the Eco Movement on the EU Referendum?

Here’s a statistic worth dwelling on: at least 80,000 lives a year have been saved because of the higher air quality standards imposed by the EU, often in the teeth of strong opposition from individual Member States. In my personal view, it’s that sort of insight that makes the vast majority of…

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Charity Commission has Second Thoughts

No sooner had I finished off the blog posted earlier today, than I heard from Friends of the Earth that the Charity Commission had decided to reissue its guidance to charities on campaigning around the EU Referendum. Instead of trying to bully them into remaining silent through the campaign, the…

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