Saturday, 30 November 2013

REPORT FROM GREEN SENIORS INAUGURAL MEETING 29/11/2013

REPORT FROM GREEN SENIORS INAUGURAL MEETING 29/11/2013
(P.Murry)
The aims and objectives of Green Seniors were discussed and agreed with the following amendments
a)   Green Seniors to be defined as Green party members aged 50 or over.
b)   The scope of GS activities to be UK, Europe and worldwide.

Co-Chairs: Maureen Childs and Noel Lynch

                            
Main body of Green Senior concerns/ possible campaigning issues
Care,
NHS health care and education,
Pensions, & benefits, (awareness of recent developments).
Special topics - eg. Dementia, austerity cuts (chiropody service etc.), seniors in hospital - lack of Care 
Environmental issues
Timing of pedestrian crossings (also a traffic calming measure)
Tube station ticket office closures and effects on vulnerable people
Toilet map/ access to public toilets (not just a GS issue)
Cashless/Understaffed shops
Removal of public seating, often ‘problem drinking’ cited a a reason (examples cited in Barnet and Brent)
Liaison with Unions esp. Unite Community
Home places, leisure and education. etc.

P.Murry has set up prototype blog at- http://greenseniors.blogspot.co.uk/ Any GS member wishing to post should contact P.Murry at yrrumuk@googlemail.com 
Noel Lynch (noellynch@lineone.net) is running the Green Seniors email list
Fundraising for banner
Agreed to apply for fringe at conference
Affiliation to National Pensioners Convention (http://npcuk.org/); Agreed unan nem con for London GS to affiliate
Possibility of affiliation to Greater London Pensioners’ Association (http://grey-glpa.blogspot.co.uk/) also mentioned.

Date for next meeting.17/1/2013

DODO MODERN POETS: WINTER LIGHTS

dodo

Friday 13 December 2013
DODO MODERN POETS
WINTER LIGHTS

JENNY RIDLEY
Classic poems set to acoustic music

P.R.MURRY
Obese Advocate of Cannibalising Royalty

LISA HITCHEN
Passionate poetry that doesn´t shrink from the personal

PAUL McGRANE
fine London poet making his Dodo debut
Friday 13 December 2013
8pm
The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX
£7/6 0207 420 9880, Covent Garden tube
dodo modern poets letting fly with words 0208 687 1930; 07769 777022 http://dodomodpoets.com/dodo.shtml
patric.poet@zen.co.uk

MORE DODOS IN 2014
21 February 2014
11 April 2014
16 May 2014
20 June 2014
19 September 2014
17 October 2014
12 December 2014
POETS TBA

Friday, 29 November 2013

GREEN CAPITALISM: WHY IT CAN’T WORK by Daniel Tanuro English Translation by Jane Ennis (Green Left Deputy Chairperson, Green Seniors)

Green Capitalism Front(1)

GREEN CAPITALISM: WHY IT CAN’T WORK
by Daniel Tanuro
Price: £11 from Resistance Books, 163 pages.
Published in association with Merlin Press, London, and the IIRE, Amsterdam.
English Translation by Jane Ennis (Green Left Deputy Chairperson, Green Seniors)
What should be done to resolve the climate crisis? Tanuro argues that government measures – eco-taxes, commodification of natural resources, and carbon trading – do not tackle the drive for profit. Evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other sources demonstrates the impossibility of a sustainable “green capitalism”.
Climate degradation comes with the “natural” functioning of capitalism – a system based on the accumulation of capital (in particular the functioning of the energy system required by this accumulation process). An “emancipatory project” to overcome the impending crisis needs to recognize natural constraints and aim for a fundamental redefinition of social wealth. Tanuro uses the Marxist theory of value to explain ecological crisis. He addresses a failing in Marx’s ecology: an inadequate appreciation of the crucial implications of capitalism’s reliance on non-renewable fossil-fuel resources. He challenges both mainstream Green strategy and traditional Left alternatives. He points to solutions: “de-growth”, “re-localisation” and the decentralisation of production are necessary to limit global warming.
The book includes a critique of popular writers on the environmental crisis, ranging from Jared Diamond to Hans Jonas, it discusses the economic and technological transition scenarios, and includes a critical assessment of the contributions of Marxist writers such as John Bellamy Foster, Paul Burkett and Ernest Mandel.
Originally published in French as L’Impossible Capitalisme Vert by Editions La Decouverte, Paris, 2010. This English edition has a Preface and an Introduction which brings the book up to date with latest developments.
ISBN 978-0-85036-646-4 paperback

What they say about the book
The climate crisis is at a critical moment while millions despair that no action is being taken. The difficulties our “world leaders” have in taking meaningful action do not spring out of nowhere but from their refusal to understand that this crisis is the consequence of the globalised, neoliberal economic system. This book argues that we cannot simply green our current society, but that we need a more thorough, more fundamental social transformation. We also need to ensure that the struggle for a better world has built into its DNA the pursuit of an ecologically sustainable society. 
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
A lucid and rigorous demonstration that climate change cannot be overcome unless capitalism is overcome. The scourge of humanity is also the scourge of nature. This is a great achievement: putting forth the necessary contours of the direction that must be taken if we are to be equal to the greatest challenge ever faced by humankind. Joel Kovel, author The Enemy of Nature .
About Daniel Tanuro
Daniel Tanuro is an agricultural engineer. His previously published articles include “21st Century Socialists must be Ecosocialists”, in “The Global Fight for Climate Justice”, Ian Angus (ed.), and “Marxism, Energy, and Ecology: The Moment of Truth”, published in Capitalism Nature Socialism.
How to get the book
Post a cheque for the sum of £13 (£11 plus £2 p&p) made out to ‘Resistance’, along with your name and address, to Resistance Books, PO Box 62732, London, SW2 9GQ.
Alternatively, make an electronic payment to:
RESISTANCE – Account number: 7 0 1 8 6 2 9 7 – Sort code 0 8 – 0 2 – 2 8
and send an email to contact@socialistresistance.org with your name and address, and the date of the payment.
Resistance Books phone: 020 7346 8889 – www.resistancebooks.org

Maureen Childs reports on Age UK London Older People's Manifesto for the 2014 Local Elections Consultation Event.

Hi All
 I attended this meeting yesterday.
I am sending some details for those interested to give you an overview of one of AgeUK latest activities.
Age UK London Older People's Manifesto for the 2014 Local Elections Consultation Event. (Date: Thursday 28th November)
This event was for a manifesto covering the 2014 Local Elections and only policy and issues dealt with by local councils were discussed.
Areas of discussion: 
  • Social Care and Health
  • Learning and Leisure Services
  • Housing
  • Local Economy
  • Other Local Council Services
We were promised that the manifesto would be published and sent to local authorities, councils and MP's. At the last minute I asked for a meeting of local councilors to be held sometime in the future to ask if any of the points had been acted upon, and if not why not. (Ever the cynic.)
Maureen Childs MBCS BSc CITP FRSA
Tower Hamlets Green Party
Press Officer
mobile 07979 386683
email pressofficerthgreens@greenparty.org.ukthe Age UK London Older People's Manifesto for the 2014 Local Elections Consultation Event.