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Climate change goes construction mainstream

David FlintLast week we were asked to look at 'How to Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly' on the Stanmore Contractors website. We were promised:

“plenty of valuable information such as:

  • How increasing populations, strained natural resources, carbon emissions, and deforestation are all contributing towards global warming.
  • The many health and economical benefits of reducing our carbon footprint, and having an energy efficient home.
  • Tips and advice on how to assess energy efficiency
  • Making the most of government schemes and incentives”

Frankly I was expecting puffery and special pleading. I was pleasantly surprised.

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What I did at Conference

David Flint attended the Green Party of England & Wales Autumn Conference

David FlintParty conference is a confusing affair. That’s partly because there’s a lot of it – at one time in Bristol there were nine events running in parallel. And partly because it’s complicated. Many of the events are part of the democratic and formal processes that the party uses to decide policy and those processes can take years!

As a member of four policy working groups (PWGs) I’m heavily involved in this. Here’s how Bristol was for me.

I started by running a meeting of the Climate Change Policy Working Group (CC PWG). The group has nearly 100 members and about 60 people came to this meeting. A lot of the work of researching and writing party policy is done by PWGs and last year we got conference to replace the old climate change policy. This meeting discussed what we’ve done since and people suggested new areas to work on. Some even volunteered to do the work! It also re-elected me as convener – against no competition.

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Representation of future generations

David FlintConcern for the future is a central issue in Green politics. Many of our key issues – biodiversity, climate change and the loss of natural habitats – have consequences beyond the life of a parliament or even of a person. The damage done by climate change in particular will be worst for generations yet unborn.

So when the UN invited everyone to contribute through the Talanoa Dialogue to its work on climate change it was natural that we should think about how to represent the interests of future generations in today’s decision-making.

So to cut it short the convener of the party’s Climate Change Policy Working Group (that’s me) wrote a draft. Other WG members suggested changes and Green Party Regional Council (GPRC) adopted the result as an official party document.

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