We’re occupying their oil rig

by on May.27, 2014, under News

Statoil’s drilling rig is head­ing to Bear Island — but we’ve inter­cep­ted it. A team of 15 act­iv­ists just arrived at the rig. They’ve hung a ban­ner and will stay on the rig as long as pos­sible to stop it drilling.

Nor­way paused the plans after our out­cry, but it’s going to take more of us join­ing in to pro­tect Bear Island for good!

It’s not easy hanging out on a freez­ing oil rig in the Arc­tic. Can you build the pres­sure on Nor­way AND keep the spir­its of the team warm by adding your name to the petition?

Bear Island is a nature reserve. It’s home to snow-white Arc­tic foxes, a mil­lion breed­ing sea birds and the occa­sional hunt­ing polar bear. If a Statoil rig leaked, oil could engulf Bear Island in seven days and be nearly impossible to clean up.

Norway’s envir­on­ment agency had sus­pen­ded Statoil’s licence to drill while the dangers were reviewed. But yes­ter­day, the sus­pen­sion was lifted.

Our best chance now is a massive surge of inter­na­tional pres­sure on Nor­way and its envir­on­ment min­is­ter to pro­tect Bear Island. Then we can show Nor­way that it needs to live up to its repu­ta­tion as an environmentally-responsible nation.

Sign here:

The team of 15 Green­peace volun­teers on the oil rig are hold­ing on tight in the face of freez­ing tem­per­at­ures. And they’re stop­ping the rig from going any­where. Let’s send the num­ber of people who’re join­ing them online soar­ing and pro­tect Bear Island together.

Pete and every­one aboard the Esper­anza,
73° north, Bar­ents Sea

PS: Green­peace is all about beat­ing the odds, together. For our Arc­tic, our rain­forests, and for the future of every creature on earth. One forest, one river, one island at a time, if we need to. Sign now for Bear Island:


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What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

by on May.26, 2014, under News

Graph depict­ing the increased pres­ence of Meth­ane, Car­bon Diox­ide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a dir­ect threat to the polar ice caps and cli­mate at large.

With the increased pres­ence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elec­tions, the cli­mate change dia­logue is becom­ing more and more trans­par­ent. Below are links to two pieces of pro­pa­ganda: the first being the Exxon Out­look for Energy 2040, a pub­lic­a­tion aimed at Exxon share­hold­ers and the politi­cians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arc­tic Meth­ane Emer­gency Group, backed by sci­ence and sci­ence alone.

The former makes no men­tion of meth­ane and fails to acknow­ledge the rap­idly accel­er­at­ing cli­mate change crisis. The lat­ter uses inform­a­tion from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weak­ness and for­mu­late some pro­gres­sion from where we are now, pla­cing ser­i­ous cata­strophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?

Down­load the Exxon report here:

View and share the AMEG inform­a­tion here:


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Listen Here :Even If We Lose Our Lives Scripted by Christine Bacon

by on May.14, 2014, under News

Even If We Lose Our Lives

‘I don’t really under­stand why we were tar­geted, because I was not doing any­thing con­tro­ver­sial. I was simply help­ing women, sav­ing their lives.’

This script, a col­lab­or­a­tion with Amnesty UK, is inten­ded as a resource to sup­port Amnesty’s ongo­ing cam­paign to end viol­ence against women in Afgh­anistan. Afghan women are too often por­trayed as face­less, pass­ive vic­tims who are power­less to change the grave human rights abuses they are reg­u­larly affected by. But this ignores the count­less Afghan women who are fear­lessly work­ing to pro­mote women’s rights and sup­port their communities.

The script is drawn from in-depth inter­views with three Afghan women fight­ing for peace and pro­tec­tion for women’s rights in their conflict-affected country.

It was launched at Amnesty Inter­na­tional (UK) on 28 Feb­ru­ary 2014, and is now avail­able to inter­ested groups wish­ing to stage their own read­ing of the play.

Here is a Play Read­ing by Brighton and Hove Amnesty Group


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Listen Here : Rachel Gorman Violin Recital

by on May.02, 2014, under News


Live Clas­sical Recital with the fant­astic Rachel Gor­man. In this 40 minute intim­ate show, Rachel show­cases a rep­er­toire of;
–Moz­art– K454 Son­ata in Bb for Violin and Piano
–Ysaye– Bal­lade for Solo violin
–Mes­si­aen– Theme and Variations

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LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd

by on May.02, 2014, under News


In Our Hands:

Pub­lic Ser­vices for People

at Brighthelm Church & Com­munity Centre

Inspired by national cam­paign ‘We Own It’, Car­oline Lucas MP and a panel of high pro­file speak­ers explored why pub­lic ser­vices should be brought back into pub­lic hands. They dis­cussed how to do this and and how to ensure that the private com­pan­ies cur­rently run­ning everything from our NHS and pub­lic trans­port to our schools and bene­fits sys­tem are more account­able and transparent.

- See more at:

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Get to know and support the ONCA Gallery!

by on Apr.26, 2014, under News, Uncategorized

Listen here to our inter­view with Lauren Davis from the ONCA Gallery.

ONCA is One Net­work for Con­ser­va­tion and the Arts”. They are “a gal­lery and a possibility, filled with paint­ings, stor­ies and songs, with artists, volun­teers, innov­at­ors, teach­ers, per­formers, philo­soph­ers and conservationists…”.

Seems inter­est­ing? Check their web­site, and sup­port their crowd fund­ing cam­paign! -

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Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation

by on Apr.17, 2014, under News


LISTEN HERE Inter­view with Brenda Pol­lack, Friends of the Earth on West Sus­sex County Coun­cil decision to per­mit Cuad­rilla fur­ther explor­at­ory drilling at Bal­combe.             We’ve just heard from the court in Brighton where five Bal­combe anti-fracking protest­ors includ­ing Car­oline Lucas MP are on trial. And the ver­dict is… NOT GUILTY! We hope that you’re as happy as we are with this fant­astic news. But we’re not cel­eb­rat­ing quite yet. As Car­oline Lucas said this after­noon from out­side the court in Brighton: “We are pleased that the court upheld our right to peace­fully protest against frack­ing, but this judge­ment is not a vic­tory. We will con­tinue to cam­paign to end frack­ing and cel­eb­rate when that has been achieved.” “In the light of the UN’s latest report on cli­mate change, it is clearer than ever that the only safe and respons­ible thing to do with shale gas is to leave it in the ground.” “All five of us would like to thank every­one who has turned up to sup­port us and thank the thou­sands of people who have sent let­ters, emails and tweets to express their sup­port.” You can read Caroline’s full reac­tion to the not-guilty ver­dict here. BBC — ‘Green MP Car­oline Lucas cleared over Frack­ing Protest’ Huff­ing­ton Post — ‘Lucas found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest’

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Listen Here : Let’s Accelerate With Particles!!

by on Apr.14, 2014, under News

Thank you to the Uni of Sus­sex dept of Phys­ics and astro­nomy for let­ting us share this lec­ture from a pub­lic meet­ing April 10th. LISTEN HERE

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Listen Here: Big Green Interview with Warren Carter of Moulscoomb Community Garden

by on Apr.14, 2014, under News



Moulse­coomb Forest Garden Pro­ject is a small award win­ning char­ity that packs a big punch in East Brighton.

Our com­munity gar­dens are a melt­ing pot of people and our work tar­gets some of the cit­ies most troubled young­sters. We’ve been going nearly 20 years and have got an impress­ive track record. Now we are begin­ning to be able to offer pupils the chance to get qual­i­fic­a­tions, our work has become even more important. 

So we are ask­ing if you can help make us as sus­tain­able as the fruit and veget­ables we grow.

We cur­rently raise £130 a month through our Friends of the Forest Garden fund where people make monthly stand­ing orders. We would love to get this to £500 before Christmas.

So could you afford £2 or more a month and save us from end­less grant applic­a­tions so we can get on with the job that we are good at.

£2 a month will buy all our broad bean seeds for the year 
£5 a month will buy us a new wheel­bar­row and fork
£10 a month will buy us all our seed pota­toes for the year

We aren’t a big char­ity. None of us are on a big wage. We don’t have an office. Our over­heads are low. Our advert­ising budget is zero. We rely on good­will and free­bies and some fant­astic volun­teers to get by. That’s not to say we aren’t professional!

We do charge schools for our ser­vices and self-generate 35% of our funds. 

If you become a Friend not only will you get that warm feel­ing of mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence, but you will be the first to find out details of our events and get an invite to our Christ­mas party where it always snows!


Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Bio­sphere Part­ner­ship have sub­mit­ted a bid to UNESCO to become the UK’s new­est Bio­sphere Reserve. The bid doc­u­ments are the end product of two years’ work by part­ners. To mark the occa­sion, Chris Todd, chair of the Bio­sphere Part­ner­ship, handed over the bid doc­u­ments to James Bridge, Chief Exec­ut­ive of the UK National Com­mis­sion for UNESCO (UKNC), at an event in Brighton.

It is hoped that becom­ing a Bio­sphere Reserve will drive up envir­on­mental stand­ards by inspir­ing people to get involved with their local envir­on­ment and encour­age pub­lic and private and vol­un­tary bod­ies to work more closely together. This will help improve the qual­ity of life for res­id­ents, while also mak­ing it a more attract­ive place to visit.

Read the bid here.

The pro­posed Bio­sphere Reserve cov­ers the whole area between the River Adur and the River Ouse, includ­ing extend­ing 2 naut­ical miles out to sea. To the north it fol­lows the South Downs National Park boundary. It has almost exactly the same area as the Isle of Wight.

Chris Todd, Chair of the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Bio­sphere Part­ner­ship said:

We’ve brought together a grow­ing wide range of part­ners who have been inspired by the bid. This has already improved net­work­ing within and around the area. A suc­cess­ful out­come can only strengthen this part­ner­ship and will hope­fully inspire more people to get involved with their local environment.”

James Bridge of the UK National Com­mis­sion for UNESCO said:

We’re proud to endorse the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Bio­sphere bid. The bid high­lights the area’s out­stand­ing envir­on­ment.  It is worth adding that our most recent study shows that the UK’s five exist­ing Bio­sphere Reserves gen­er­ate an estim­ated annual fin­an­cial bene­fit to the UK of £2.3 million.”

The UKNC has endorsed the Bio­sphere bid.

A Bio­sphere Reserve is an inter­na­tional site of excel­lence to bring together nature con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in prac­tice, as a work­ing example of a more bal­anced rela­tion­ship between people and nature. The UK cur­rently has five Bio­sphere Reserves.

Find out more about the bid at

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Listen here: Update on situation in Ukraine with Dr Stefanie Ortmann

by on Apr.10, 2014, under News

LISTEN HERE to an update with Dr Stefanie Ort­mann on the cur­rent situ­ation in Ukraine 10−04−14


 LISTEN HERE to pre­vi­ous talk on this subject

Dr. Stefanie Ort­mann Lec­turer in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions (Inter­na­tional Rela­tions, School of Global Studies) University of Sus­sex dis­cusses the cur­rent situ­ation in Ukraine, fol­lowed by a Q&A.

 Her geo­graphic area of research is Rus­sia and the former Soviet space (in par­tic­u­lar rela­tions between Rus­sia and Central Asia).
More con­cretely, she is cur­rently pur­su­ing four research projects:
- the evolving iden­tity of the Rus­sian state as “hyper-Westphalian” Great Power and sov­er­eign demo­cracy in the post-Soviet period, and the light this sheds on the concept of iden­tity and state social­iz­a­tion in constructivist IR.
- polit­ical con­spir­acy the­or­ies in the former Soviet space 
- the pos­sib­il­ity of a crit­ical approach to Area Stud­ies and the rela­tion­ship between fieldwork/area research and IR
- A Leverhulme-funded research pro­ject (2010−1013) invest­ig­ates élite net­works between Rus­sia and Cent­ral Asia and their implic­a­tions for post-Soviet state build­ing, the nature of “inter­na­tional polit­ics” in the CIS, and the per­petu­ation of the post-Soviet space.
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