Caroline Lucas launches new Green think-tank


11:05 am - July 21st 2011

by Rupert Read    


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Caroline Lucas MP launched a new Green think-tank, ‘Green House’ this morning.

I chaired the meeting, at which we launched our first two papers.

– Sustainability Citizenship by Prof Andrew Dobson, Keele University, urging politicians to involve people in decision making as morally acting citizens; and
– Mutual Security in a Sustainable Economy by Molly Scott Cato, Green Economist and Brian Heatley, a former senior civil servant. This paper sets out how we should redefine poverty, disconnect welfare from the labour market and reconsider the retirement age.

Both these papers are now available on our website: http://www.greenhousethinktank.org

The Green House Advisory Group, whose membership makes clear that this is far more than just a Green Party initiative.

It is also far more than just a metropolitan organisation. Our board so far includes:

» Michael Meacher MP, the former Labour Environment Minsister;
» Bea Campbell, the feminist, journalist, playwright and broadcaster;
» Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the university of Surrey and author of the influential book Prosperity without Growth;
» Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP;
» Victor Anderson, a former member of the London Assembly and green economist;
» Mary Mellor, leading eco-feminist;
» Jonathan Porritt, former chair of the Sustainable Development Commission;
» Geoff Tansey, a leading expert on creating a fair and sustainable food system; and
» Simon Thomas, former Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion, and member of the Welsh Assembly.

Green House expects to publish further papers this Autumn the food price crisis and the future of banking.

I hope that LC readers will welcome this new development.

Green House is interested in joint initiatives with progressives; contact me offline (or in the comments, below), if you have ideas.

Our website: http://www.greenhousethinktank.org

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It’d be good if we could have an “objective and unbiased” think tank one day. I mean, what’s the point of all these other than to try and persuade the parties the think tank belongs to, to move in a certain direction? Surely the Green party don’t need that as it stands anyway?

Colour me bemused.

I saw in the Guardian they are making a new live action Captain Planet film….

Oh fuck me, this is priceless…

“It is also far more than just a metropolitan organisation.”

Trans, ‘Look we’ve got a bloke from Wales!!!!’

Unity,

They’ve also got Jonathan Porritt – this is hardly going to make them appear that serious in the eyes of those they have to convince.

This looks extremely positive.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the two papers.

The first seems to think that incentives don’t matter.

The second misunderstands Daly’s point about a steady state economy. They seem to think it means no growth: which it doesn’t.

Sounds about right for something run by Caroline Lucas.

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9. Wavey Davey

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Excellent. Anything that pushes back against the pro-pollution, pro-gluttonous consumption, neo-liberal swivel-eyed loonies should be welcomed by the rational and informed – which clearly excludes the comments above.


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