Activists create a living room outside of Parliament
This morning, outside of the Houses of Parliament, activists from both Greenpeace and the National Pensioners Convention undertook the first of what I hope will be many joint initiatives. With sofas and tables they created a life size living room, covered with frost to highlight the 25,700 excess winter deaths that were announced today.
Advice from consultancy firm McKinsey will lead to more deforestation, not less as it claims
This week, the Guardian uncovered evidence of global consultancy firm McKinsey profiting from the shake-up to the NHS.
At the same time, McKinsey was paid £250,000 a year by the UK
government for advice on the transition towards health secretary Andrew
Lansley's vision for the service.
If deforestation isn't halted in Indonesia, Sumatran elephants face an uncertain future
I’ve been working with Greenpeace
for more than 20 years and until now I had never been deported from any country.
Until last week, that is, when I tried to enter Indonesia to spend time with
our staff in Jakarta in support of their work against deforestation.
Posted by John Sauven — 16 March 2011 at 6:37pm
Today many people are struggling to recover from the effects of the earthquakes and tsunami. The focus now for everybody should be on saving lives and supporting people in Japan. Our thoughts are also with the heroic engineers working to reduce the impact of the nuclear accident at Fukushima.
Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier
Disquiet around fuel prices always makes ministers sit up and take notice. This is the fourth time in a decade that spiraling oil prices have left politicians facing angry motorists demanding ministers do something about petrol prices.
Posted by John Sauven — 18 October 2010 at 12:22pm
Jeff Swartz, CEO of Timberland wrote recently in the Harvard Business Review, 'You can tell a lot about how your day is going to unfold by the number of e-mails that are waiting for you ... On June 1, 2009, they kept coming, and coming, and coming.'
The emails flooding Jeff Swartz's inbox were coming in response to a newly released Greenpeace report about deforestation in the Amazon. The gist of the report was that (a) Brazilian cattle farmers are illegally clear-cutting Amazon rainforests to create pastures, and (b) the leather from their cows might be winding up in shoes - including Timberland's.
Posted by John Sauven — 28 October 2009 at 1:07pm
Originally published on Comment is Free, John sets out how we could use the levers of the economy to shape a greener future.
Talk is cheap, and valued
accordingly. At some point ministers will need to translate their
climate rhetoric into the language of real change – money. Since 1997
the proportion of government revenues derived from green taxes has actually fallen.
The cost of motoring (despite the tabloid headlines) has fallen by 13 per cent
in real terms since 1997, while bus and coach fares have increased by
17 per cent above inflation.
For most of us, political speeches are a dull
drone in the background while the message that always comes through
loud and clear is spelt out in pounds and pence. If we're serious about
confronting climate change – and everyone actively involved in the
debate claims to be – then some taxes are going to have to rise.