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: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/bear-island
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:https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/bear-island
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:
‘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
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
LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd
LISTEN HERE TO THIS PUBLIC MEETING RECORDED AT BRIGHTHELM MAY 2nd
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: http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/events-and-film/6333/in-our-hands-public-services-for-people#sthash.j3IGg2vz.dpuf
“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! - http://onca.org.uk/
Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation
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’
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
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 www.biospherehere.org.uk.
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.