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As part of the University of Brighton’s ‘c-change’ sustainability campaign, we’re co-organising the event below — along with our Students’ Union’s ‘Bright ‘n’ Green’ team, Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, BHESCO, and academics within the University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies and SPRU.
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twitter: c-change<https://twitter.com/_cchange_>************************************Zero Carbon Britain
Building a blueprint for action around a zero carbon society
Thursday, 26 February 2015.
6 — 8:30pm (Registration from 5:30pm)
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.
*Introductions and keynote speech will be made by Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion
*Presentation and Q&A by Centre for Alternative Technology’s Paul Allen & Kit Jones on their ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ report — the C.A.T’s flagship project showing that a modern, zero emissions society is possible using technologies that are available today.
*Followed by Q&A, break-out discussion groups on four key themes (Energy, Housing, Food and Transport), and networking.
All welcome. Free sustainable food and refreshments will be provided.
Please register in advance at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zero-carbon-britain-an-evening-of-inspiring-talks-and-networking-opportunities-tickets-15514595573
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1566233800287462/?fref=ts
Bhesco, Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, University of Brighton c-change campaign, University of Brighton SU Bright ‘n’ Green, University of Sussex Global Studies and SPRU.
TIME TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE!
Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown discusses protest music with Robb Johnson and Bethan Prosser
A campaign group in Brighton has arranged a protest to coincide with a council meeting, after proposals to close children’s centres across the city.
Brighton Children’s Centres Campaign (BCCC) will lead the march, which will go from New Road adjacent to the Pavilion Gardens to Hove Town Hall.Thursday February 26.
The march will coincide with a council budget meeting at Hove Town Hall to approve plans to downsize and close children’s centres in the city.
Cllr. Sue Shanks, Chair of the Children & Young People Committee at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are facing cuts in our budget, but we are not proposing to close centres, our proposals are about raising tax.
“I welcome the protests — I wish more people protest about the things they do not like.”
The public consultation about the proposals to close and reduce centres across the city received nearly 1,000 responses.
Last month the proposals were announced, which includes a cut of over £800,000 to children’s services across the city.
The BCCC is urging supporters to come along to the march, with signs and pictures.
Davy Jones’ guest this week is Marina Prentoulis who is Senior Lecturer in politics and media at the University of East Anglia. She is also a member of Syriza and of the Greece Solidarity Campaign. Davy and Marina discuss the recent elections in Greece and the impact of these events in Europe.
This week Davy interviews Ken Montague who is building local support for the “Time to Act on Climate Change!” national demonstration on March 7th? You can find out more from http://www.campaigncc.org/TimetoAct
38 Degrees member David Fisher has started a petition calling on Brighton & Hove Council to refuse planning permission to turn the Brighton Hippodrome into an 8 screen cinema. He’d like to see it restored and turned into a live venue, what do you think?
Here’s what David says:
“The magnificent Brighton Hippodrome needs your help to save it from being wrecked. It is a unique theatre building, listed Grade II* by English Heritage because of its historical and architectural significance.
After closing as a variety theatre in 1965, it was a bingo hall until 2007. The stunning interior, however, is still in remarkable condition, with very little deterioration.
Suddenly, in mid 2013, a proposal to convert the building into an eight-screen cinema emerged. The plans involve demolishing the stage, the fly-tower, all the back-stage facilities, the stalls and the orchestra pit. Without these it ceases to be a theatre.”
Click here to sign his petition now:
If you have any comments on David’s campaign, you can join the conversation on the 38 Degrees Facebook page herehttps://www.facebook.com/peoplepowerchange/posts/427851554028295
LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH LAUREN CAPE-DAVENHILL FROM GATWICK DETAINEES WELFARE GROUP ON THE PROPOSED WALK AND ARTS PROJECT ‘REFUGEE TALES’ More info at www.refugeetales.org and http://www.gdwg.org.uk
Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st June 2015
Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group’s unique walk follows the North Downs Way from Dover to Crawley via Canterbury along some of the paths that were taken by the Canterbury pilgrims many centuries ago. We will be reflecting on the many long and dangerous journeys that refugees make fleeing war and persecution, seeking a safe place to live.
They welcome walkers to join the 80 mile walk - for the whole route, a day or a few days.
Following a colourful launch event at the beginning of the walk in Dover, arts events (drama, art, music, poetry and prose) inspired by The Canterbury Tales will be held at every evening stop on the walk.
This week Davy Jones talks to John Allcock from Brighton People’s Assembly about the event Sat Jan10th, Brighthelm Centre 10–4.30pm
Power to the People? A citizens’ conversation about democracy, cuts and resistance.
Why does a crisis of the banking system mean that we have to have our benefits and services cut?
What gave the Ritzy cinema workers the courage to strike and win a living wage?
What happened when a group of young single mums refused to accept eviction and rehousing far away from their community in East London?
How can we stop our NHS being dismantled piece by piece?
Come to Power to the People? to learn about what we’re up against and discuss how to take back our power and make our voices heard, here in Brighton.
Campaign stalls– Films
– Discussion and skill sharing workshops
– Free lunch
Saturday, 10 January 2015 — 10:00 to 16:30
BN1 1YD Brighton
Who is Davy Jones? Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown, and regular host of the Politics Show, answers questions posed by Jackie Chase of Radio Free Brighton and other volunteers from the radio station . LISTEN HERE
Saltdean Countryside Alliance LISTEN HERE
This week Davy Jones talks to Lisa Forrest from the Saltdean Countryside Alliance. A Planning application has been received by Brighton and Hove City Council for 36 houses on the edge of the downs in Rottingdean, at the northern end of Westmeston Avenue, to the rear of Bishopstone Drive and Falmer Avenue, Saltdean and can be clearly seen from Dean Court Road. To find out more and raise objections go to
City of Sanctuary LISTEN HERE
This week Davy Jones meets Jenny Lansdell from City of Sanctuary.City of Sanctuary is a national network, a movement of local groups made up by businesses, community organisations and individuals, all with one thing in common; their belief that sanctuary seekers should be welcomed, and that their contribution to society should be celebrated.
City of Sanctuary Brighton http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/bright…
Discussion of the Drugs Issue LISTEN HERE
This week Davy and Steve Peake discuss the issue of drugs and effective ways to approach the subject through our community and government policy and alternative approaches being taken in other countries
Tom Lines came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk of the city of London as a centre of financial power in Britain.
Tom Lines is a Writer, Economics, trade and development consultant.
You can learn more about Tom Lines and his work at
and follow him on Twitter @TomLINESorguk
LISTEN HERE or every Friday 20:00 — 22:00
Radio Unicorn supplying sounds for lovers of synths, Italo, disco, and chronic 80s groove. Brightons finest disco connoisseurs playing the best of 80s synth dance music through to todays finest offerings
Updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. Response to questions on how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems (especially financing and different skill levels). In depth critical discussion of ‘free enterprise’ and the free enterprise system.
The Pighog poetry night is back — on Thursday 26th Feburary @ the Redroaster, Brighton - with a renewed ambition to bring you groundbreaking experiences of the written and spoken word in an inviting atmosphere, and with humour and warmth. We’re anticipating a lively and varied evening with the poet and actress Bernadette Cremin (Loose Ends, Pighog), experimental poet, actor and musician, Xelís…
Thursday, 26 February 2015 from 19:30 to 22:00 (GMT)
1d Saint James’s Street
BN2 1RE Brighton
The previous petition had a big impact in Brighton and on bodies concerned with theatre preservation. Nonetheless, Brighton & Hove City Council gave planning permission for cinema/retail conversion of the Hippodrome on the grounds that it was the only scheme able to save (part of) the building.
We now understand that the developer has pulled out and the site is being sold on. Vue Entertainment, the cinema operator, is no longer involved.
Theatre restoration is therefore the default option. Our Brighton Hippodrome has been working on a business and financial plan. Our chances of success are much improved by the collapse of the unsuitable scheme but we need to get the city council to work with us to ensure restoration for live performance.
Please take a moment to sign the new petition asking for the council’s backing.
When you’ve done that, please help to show the council and the rest of the world the overwhelming public support for the theatre project by spreading the word as widely as possible by email, Facebook and Twitter.
You’ll be in good company. Among the many supporters of the OBH campaign are Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Christopher Biggins, Brian Capron, Julie Christie, Dame Judi Dench, Ken Dodd, Dame Beryl Grey, Roy Hudd, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Dillie Keane, Joseph McGann, Sarah Miles, Graham Norton, Dara Ó Briain, Jack Shepherd, Count Arthur Strong, Sir Arnold Wesker, Mark Wynter and Paul Zenon.
Our Brighton Hippodrome
Brighton Science Festival started ten years ago, because… well, because everyone needs a science festival. It’s the best way to discover where we came from, deal with where we are and debate where we might go in the future. Yes, I know the shudder of terror that some people feel at the mere mention of the word ‘science’, but there is every reason to believe that can turn into a tremor of excitement. There are some extraordinary and inspiring science communicators out there, and we search all the festivals and publishers in Britain to bring the best to Brighton. The festival is for all ages, but the ones we are particularly doing this for are 12–14 year-olds. When they arrive in secondary school from primary school they are fired up with enthusiasm for science. Within two years they hate it. Why? The government has recognised the problem and fiddled with the school curriculum, trying to make it more user-friendly, but that hasn’t worked. There are two elements missing, which even the most energetic teachers (and I have met a lot of very, very keen teachers out there) have difficulty coping with: There is no spirit of discovery. Young people love to explore, experiment and create. They don’t mind making mistakes along the way. But the curriculum doesn’t leave time for mistakes. They have to get the right version in their books straight away, ready to move on to the next topic. There is no room for the spirit of discovery. Secondly, their parents don’t join in. Schools often have sports days, when all the parents come along. They have school plays; all the parents come along. When they have science days the school is deserted. So the Family Fun days are there for both parents and their children to play, experiment, discover and share the experience. One year, at the Family Fun Days, a big man entered the room with his two young children and surveyed the turmoil around him. Hove Park Upper School was heaving with a thousand mums, dads and kids, playing with sixty different kinds of science delight. In this particular room the challenge was to build a bridge across a 40 cm gap strong enough to support as many Mars bars as possible, using only four sheets of paper. Dad’s eyes lit up. He said, “Stand aside kids. This one’s for me”. For the next fifteen minutes he was immersed in the task, his children on either side, looked at him as if to say, “but… you’re a Dad, not an engineer.” As I watched I didn’t worry that the kids were being ignored. I knew that they were going to be engineers when they grew up. Why? because imitation is the key to career. What the parents enjoy, that’s what the kids will enjoy. Indeed, after a few minutes they were working on their own bridges, unprompted. The Brighton Science Festival is building its own bridges, between science and the people. You should come. Actually you should bring a demonstration of your own. In point of fact, if you care for the future of manufacturing in this country, you should become a sponsor. Get in touch to find out more. We hope to make science so irresistible to young students that the A-level courses are flooded with applicants. Already there is an increased uptake in Sussex. This is good. It means higher standards and better choice for businesses. Even for young people who decide to leave school at sixteen there will be an enduring interest in science and respect for scientists and engineers. Come to the Festival. Bring your family, bring your enthusiasm. Richard Robinson Director Brighton Science Festival — See more at: http://www.brightonscience.com/about-2/#sthash.pxmldRMC.dpuf
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
Stephen Raine piano
If we learned one thing in the last 7 days it’s this — when it comes to stopping fracking, the world moves fast!
In case you missed the dramatic news, here’s what happened:
On Monday hundreds of us gathered outside Parliament, rallying MPs to vote against Cameron’s plan to make us powerless to stop fracking.
Moments before the crucial vote, our petition to MPs surged past 360,000 signatures.
Dozens of MPs valiantly got behind our cause in Westminster, championing a fracking ban (which meant bad news for him…)
Though this wasn’t enough to defeat the prime minister’s plan, a chain reaction was about to begin. First, new rules to protect water sources and national parks from fracking were announced.
Then on Wednesday, something incredible… Scotland blocked fracking!
While Scotland breathes a sigh of relief, the ban is only temporary. We’ll need to keep the pressure on to make it permanent. And in communities on the front-line of fracking — like in Lancashire where Cuadrilla’s bullying tactics mean that drilling could be approved within weeks — the fight goes on.
As we hatch new plans to take on the fracking industry in towns and on doorsteps, we’ll make sure you’re the first to know what’s happening.
In the meantime I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done to get us where we are now. The movement to stop fracking is stronger than ever — and that is truly something to be proud of.
PS. The last 7 days will have riled the fracking industry — as things are now shifting in our favour. In the coming weeks they’ll go all out to claw the debate their way, so can you chip in to help stop fracking once and for all, throughout the UK? To quickly give £5, text FRACKNO to 70755.
You’ll be charged your normal network rate as well as the £5 donation. We’ll use your details to keep you updated on Greenpeace campaigns, but you can opt out at any time. Full T&Cs.
A Frack Free Compilation: For Sussex and Beyond…
Radio Free Brighton interview Ellie Wyatt from the local community group Frack Free Sussex. She is the co-ordinator of the recent compilation album, ‘A Frack Free Compilation: for Sussex and beyond ‘, which will be released this week as a fundraiser for the community group Frack Free Sussex.
Nearly 100 musicians have donated their music to this eclectic and spirited 20 track album. Hugely popular local acts such as Rubylux, The Meow Meows, The Mountain Firework Company, Naomi Bedford and Carrie Tree are just some of the artists who feel this is a cause to be supported.
All proceeds will be used to continue campaigning, educating and informing the public of the issues surrounding the development of an onshore unconventional oil and gas industry in the UK. This is an issue which particularly affects Sussex, with applications from companies to drill wells in Balcombe, Billingshurst and Wisborough Green currently being fought, and with plans for new wells at Graffham and West Dean upcoming. The supporters of Frack Free Sussex, of which there are currently over 10,000, are concerned that there could be wide-scale industrialisation of the Sussex countryside, bringing with it environmental and health problems like groundwater contamination and air pollution, as experienced in the US.
The CD is available from the website www.frackfreesussex.co.uk/shop/ and at select stores around the county.
Hove resident Ellie Wyatt, the album co-ordinator said “That we had offers of music from nearly 70 artists for this album shows this is an issue many people care very deeply about. We are really proud of this album as it brings together some of the finest artists in Sussex and the music has a heartfelt and meaningful message for 2015. It is amazing value to have 20 such diverse artists on one CD and we think it will make for an excellent stocking filler!”
Here are some of the upcoming events over the next few weeks, organised by Sussex Defend the NHS.
Last week we were delighted to welcome to Radio Free Brighton a group from Kenya including Willice Onyango who were here as guests of the University of Brighton.
Willice Onyango is an international youth advocate. His work centers on global advocacy work that puts young people at the heart of development policy and practice, prioritizing the post-2015 agenda.
Willice Onyango is Chairperson of the International Youth Council Chapter in Kenya, a Children and Youth Working Group nominee to the Beyond 2015 Drafting Committee and Africa Youth Ambassador for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Willice has served as Youth Mobilizer for Rio+20 Dialogues, Africa Youth Representative to the Africa We Want, Youth nominee to Beyond 2015 Drafting Committee and Youth Representative at the Post 2015 High Level Panel Meetings of Imminent Persons meetings in Bali, London and Monrovia.He has convened, spoke at, participated in major national, regional and international conferences.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Diplomacy and Disaster Management