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News from Molly Scott Cato: launch of post Brexit & Trump report

 

A new report by Green House authors Victor Anderson and Rupert Read, commissioned by MEP Molly Scott Cato will be launched on Tuesday 28 March from 14.00 – 16.30 at Europe House in central London.

The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have been hailed as marking the reversal of the long trend towards increased globalisation. These changes possibly also mark the end of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of our times. For opponents of what globalisation and neoliberalism have meant in practice these developments might be seen as welcome. Yet at the same time Brexit and Trump seem highly problematic for anyone concerned with social justice and ecological sustainability.

The report considers the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on trading practices and the opportunity to move to a less globalised and more localised economy. It emphasises that there are many different versions of Brexit, and aims to put a green version firmly on the political agenda.

Note: Panel discussion with Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now) and our New Era colleague Helena Norberg-Hodge (Local Futures and International Alliance for Localisation). Helena’s contribution will be by pre-recorded video due to prior commitments.

 

Register and get full details here.

 

 

 

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GenerationNext: introducing Andrew Walton

andrew-waltonAndrew is the founder of the Bioregion Birmingham think tank and project manages Bordesley Green Forest Garden, having successfully applied for a Heritage Lottery grant, utilising his experience as a permaculture student, writer, communications professional, and project manager.

Bordesley Green Forest Garden is a grant funded community project, which aims to promote regenerative urban food production and community collaboration.

Forest gardening is a form of agro-ecology. It mimics the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in our climate – using edible and productive trees and perennial plants to increase natural biodiversity.

Andrew is passionate about ecology and social justice and Bioregion Birmingham was founded in response to the ecological and economic challenges facing Birmingham and the surrounding regions.

Its aims are to promote bioregionalism – the principle of meeting human needs within the constraints of resource areas – participatory democracy and community resilience as solutions to global economic and environmental challenges.

The think tank provides a platform to key thinkers, activists and community groups with a view to sharing practical information that could inform policy while empowering citizens to be the change they want to see.

Andrew has a certificate in Permaculture Design and a Diploma in Public Relations. He is an Advisory Board Member to the Ecological Citizen journal and previously sat on the committee of the Birmingham Green Party.