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Brown's big day

Posted by benet — 24 September 2007 at 12:30pm - Comments

Attendees of the climate clinic watch Brown's speech

Today Brown will deliver his first conference speech as Prime Minister, and you can't help but feel the excitement amongst Labour delegates. All the talk is about whether he will call a snap election.

Last night I was at the Social Market Foundation event and had a long chat to John Denham - the minister who notably resigned over the Iraq war in 2003. Now he is in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He gave me some very good reasons why Brown might want to call an election sooner rather than later - mostly to do with the amount of money in the Conservative Party war chest.

An Environmental Challenge to Labour

Posted by benet — 23 September 2007 at 5:07pm - Comments

Climate Clinic


As Labour start their 2007 Conference in Bournemouth today, all the talk is of a possible General Election. Every opinion poll gives Gordon Brown a big lead. A critical polling question is ‘Who would make the best Prime Minister?’ Brown wins hands down. He scores 54 per cent compared to David Cameron on 21 per cent.

Seeing the light at Earls Court

Posted by bex — 21 September 2007 at 3:17pm - Comments

Judging from recent comments on this site, it seems there are a few people out there who still believe the myths that compact fluorescent bulbs are ugly, ungainly and undimmable.

But going green doesn't mean sacrificing good design, and CFLs can be versatile, stylish and even beautiful. We've been working with designer Jason Bruges (he of Wind to Light renown) on an installation using fully dimmable, compact fluorescent bulbs and, well, I'll let the film do the talking:

A meeting with the UN, or how Greenpeace supporters make all the difference

Posted by bex — 21 September 2007 at 10:22am - Comments

From our Making Waves blog:

Yesterday, a Greenpeace delegation met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Here's a first hand account from Greenpeace Executive Director, Gerd Leipold:

It's official. You, our supporters, make all the difference. Today I met with the world’s highest official – Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations. Moon, a career diplomat, surprised me earlier this year when he put climate change at the top of his agenda. He has stressed the links between climate change and security. He clearly means it. Moon was composed and charming with a message determined and clear: We have the technology and the resources to fight climate change. We even have a real sense of urgency - as the impacts of climate change are starting to be felt around the world. What is lacking is political will. “We need you, Greenpeace, to mobilize public opinion and enable politicians to do the right thing.” - Are you ready? We are.

Electronics companies clean up their acts

Posted by bex — 20 September 2007 at 2:18pm - Comments

It's that time again; we've just released our latest quarterly Greener Electronics Guide, which ranks manufacturers on their toxics and recycling policies and practices.

Nukes consultation: it's a stitch up

Posted by nathan — 20 September 2007 at 12:14pm - Comments

Dear, oh dear, oh dear. Who would have guessed it? Gordon Brown's public consultation on nuclear power is being fixed by his favourite market research company who has been charged with carrying out the polling? And the sad thing is that it all sounds so familiar.

Not so long ago, when he accepted the role to lead this country, he said that he wanted to ring in a new era of politics – to listen to the British people. He boldly stated that the "best way of drawing up policies will not be discussions in government departments, but listening and learning – and involving and engaging the voices" of you and I. He wanted to build "trust in our democracy" by embracing a "more open form of dialogue for citizens and politicians to genuinely debate problems and solutions". And, as those words still echo through Westminster, the truth is that this government is no different from the one that was so badly tarnished with dodgy dossiers and spin.

Final reflections from the Lib Dem Conference

Posted by benet — 19 September 2007 at 6:33pm - Comments

I am writing this on the fast train from Brighton to London, heading back home from the Lib Dem conference. A much quieter day generally today, although last night was as busy ever.

I have been looking out for an old friend of mine - Mark Webster - who used to be an ITN correspondent. He has just taken a job as Ming Campbell's official spokesman: the Lib Dem's answer to Tony Blair's infamous spin-doctor, Alistair Campbell. But while Campbell was an ultra-tough media manipulator, Mark couldn't be fairer or friendlier.

Light garden about to launch at 100% Design in Earl's Court

Posted by james — 19 September 2007 at 4:15pm - Comments

Light installation at Earls Court 100% Design exhibition, created by Jason Bruges and his team of designers, for Greenpeace to promote their Energy Saving Lightbulb campaign.

Under construction: Jason Bruges at work

A small team of our staff members has been working hard at Earl's Court, London, putting the finishing touches to a brand new Greenpeace project. We've commissioned the top designer Jason Bruges to create an interactive garden of light, which will respond to people's movement through "touch pads" dotted around the installation.

Woolies customers demand they seize the light

Posted by jamie — 19 September 2007 at 8:27am - Comments

Woolies customers signed our flags asking the company to remove incandescent bulbs from their shelves

Remember those flags we hung outside Woolworths' head office last week? We have more of those. A lot more. Over 100 of them, each carrying dozens of signatures from Woolies customers eager to see the company selling only energy efficient bulbs. This morning, all those thousands of signatures are being delivered directly to the Woolworths board of directors at their meeting being held at head office, but of course we're doing it with a bit of style.

A great aviation debate

Posted by benet — 18 September 2007 at 4:19pm - Comments

Susan Kramer and Michelle di Leo at the aviation debate

We've just had a great aviation debate. Michelle di Leo, from Flying Matters (the big pro-flying lobby group) was up against Simon Montague from Eurostar, Doug Parr from Greenpeace, and Lib Dem transport spokesman, Susan Kramer MP.

Talking before the event, Susan gave me her view of the Tory's Quality of Life report - which John wrote about on his blog. She thinks they haven't gone far enough on aviation, wind power or nuclear. To misquote Mandy Rice-Davies, she would say that wouldn't she. The Quality of Life report was co-authored by Zac Goldsmith - who is running as the Tory candidate in Richmond (Susan Kramer's constituency). If she welcomes it, it would be as good as endorsing her opponent. It is the one side of politics which really annoys me: the need to take opposite views on vital issues because of short-term tactical advantage.

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