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I was the Campaign Manager for the South East Green Party, working on the campaign for the European elections on 22 May 2014. I am also the Elections Co-ordinator for the Oxfordshire Green Party. I was part of the team that set up this new web site, segreens.com.

I have been a member of the Green Party for over 40 years, after returning to the UK from Kenya, where I had worked in an Appropriate Technology Centre on energy-efficient charcoal cooking stoves, such as the Kenya Ceramic Jiko.

I am convinced that we cannot continue to destroy our children's future by over-exploiting the planet's resources to meet the needs of the rich. This requires both technical and political change.

Here is a film I made at the Film Oxford Video Production course: The Watcher.

 


  • endorsed 2018-12-11 19:47:28 +0000

    Climate Emergency Declaration to Hastings Council

    Are you troubled by the reality of climate change and ecological breakdown? Would you like to do something about it? Do you want to influence our council to make real changes that might help us all?

    If the answer is yes to any of the above then join the Green party in supporting our council to declare a Climate Emergency and begin meaningful action. Read the practical steps we and the council can take locally to mitigate the worst causes and affects of climate breakdown in the letter below and sign the endorsement form at the bottom of this page.

    Alternatively you can download the letter here and deliver to Hastings Borough Council, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3AA.

    You can get it signed on behalf of your family, friends, work place or organisation. Please let us know below if you are signing on behalf of an organisation. We are intending to publish this as an open letter in the local press in January 2019 and would like this to be a cross party call from organisations, businesses and groups all over Hastings. This affects us all. There is no bigger challenge. Let's face it together.

    Dear Hastings Borough Council,

    In the light of the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5° we are writing to support Hastings Borough Council in declaring a Climate Emergency. Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national regional and local authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

    Bold climate action can deliver new green jobs and economic benefits, preserve wildlife and habitats, and improve life for people worldwide.

    We support the council in the urgent need to reduce the town’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 and to put this goal at the forefront of all decision making from now on.

    To achieve this goal we see the following as essential commitments.

    • The people of Hastings will convene a citizen’s assembly to generate local ideas for combating climate breakdown and to devise a path to achieving community-wide carbon-neutrality by 2030. We hope the council will take the lead in bringing this about.
    • Ensure the revision of the Local Plan starting in 2019, includes a commitment to the internationally recognised Passivhaus Zero Carbon standards on all houses built on council owned land. This would reduce carbon emissions, save energy and keep money that would go to energy companies circulating in our local economy.
    • The Local Plan should commit to the principles outlined in the Wildlife Trust’s Nature Recovery Network that puts space for nature at the heart of our planning systems in order to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives. Reducing car use and promoting walking cycling and sustainable transport should be at the centre of future plans for the town.
    • Work with local community energy providers to cover the towns roofs with solar panels, combined in a smart grid that could provide cheaper energy for all local people.
    • Within six months, update the council’s 2010 Environmental strategy to reflect the climate emergency with measurable goals including carbon footprinting of all council activities.
    • Commit to a council carbon budget each year along side the annual budget. Alongside this, develop a town-wide approach to setting a carbon budget.

    We look forward to working with the council to embrace the possibilities for positive change that undertaking these commitments can bring to the town.

    Yours sincerely,

    Endorse

  • published Adur Green Party in The Adur Plastic Pledge #TAPP 2018-04-01 21:47:16 +0100

  • published You could be a Green Party candidate in News 2018-03-01 19:10:28 +0000

    You could be a Green Party candidate

    Have you thought of standing for the Green Party in an election? Right now local Green Parties across the South East are looking for candidates to stand in every local council ward, so that every voter can vote Green.

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  • published Local Party News in News 2017-12-03 19:23:43 +0000

    Local Party News

    News from local Green Parties in SE England.


  • published Deposit Bond in 2017 GE appeal 2017-05-09 16:29:51 +0100

  • published surrey tickets in Donate 2017-01-16 19:08:24 +0000

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  • wants to volunteer 2015-08-07 17:00:15 +0100

    Data volunteer

    Data-driven campaigning is what won Obama the presidency in 2012, and gave the Conservative Party a majority in 2015. So we need more people to work on data for the Green Party.

    We need data analysts (people who can create models of where we will get more Green votes) in the region, data entry clerks in local parties, and data managers.

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  • commented on Introducing our candidates 2014-05-01 11:28:24 +0100
    The bus is carbon neutral. it burns vegetable oil, produced by photosynthesis, that would otherwise be thrown away, as it is fat that is left after cooking chips.

  • commented on Green Party job opportunity 2014-04-13 15:03:29 +0100
    There is no Green Party apart from its members and supporters. It is not a case of people visiting from London, but local people joining the Isle of Wight Greens. There was a meeting on Friday, see http://southeast.greenparty.org.uk/isleofwight.html , which also gives contact details for the local party. Please get in touch with them, they need your help, Ewald.

  • commented on Online campaigners 2014-02-07 17:32:44 +0000
    Some people have asked if social media volunteers need to come in to a Green Party office. No need. Everything listed above can be done from home.

  • commented on Blame bankers, not migrants 2014-02-07 11:14:41 +0000
    Would a white background behind the text, or just a paler sky work better for you, Luis?

  • wants to volunteer 2015-02-01 15:29:38 +0000

    Help the Greens in the South East

    We're aiming to offer voters a Green choice wherever they live in the South East and win in our target areas.

    Please can you volunteer a little of your time to help.

    There are some simple things everyone can start doing right now.

    • Spread the word on social media: Retweet @SEGreenParty, like the South East Green Party Facebook page, and share our posts. And when people respond start conversations, you can invite them to sign up for something on this web site.
    • Get in touch with your local Green Party. They need help with events and election related activity, which will get busier as May 2019 approaches.

    Below are the ways you can help us. Tick all those that you can do. Together we can make a difference for the common good.

    Become a volunteer

Ph.D. in Appropriate Technology. Worked on the Kenya Ceramic Jiko, http://www.e-consultation.org/ and other e-democracy initiatives.