Saturday, 23 September 2017

Knowle relocation project: or, putting the cart before the horse >>> Building starts on a new HQ in Honiton, but with nothing to cover the £10m+ cost

The Herald has just let us know that comments on the appeal over planning permission at Knowle are now available:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: Appeal documents published this week reveal the continued strength of feeling against redevelopment plans for Knowle

It observes in its last paragraph that this 'deal' is very much connected to the District Council's plans to relocate:

The deal is worth £7.505million to EDDC, which is relocating to Exmouth and Honiton.

Knowle plans would create ‘elderly ghetto’ - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald

Some would say building a new building without actually having the cash is rather reckless: indeed, the East Devon Watch blog notes a parallel case:


20 SEP 2017

OUR council has already spent nearly that much on its satellite HQ in Exmouth. The Honiton HQ was supposed to be cost neutral with the proceeds of the £7 Knowle sale to PegasusLife but latest estimates (some while ago and not adjusted for post-Brexit soaring costs) was around £10 million.

How come SWAP could do this in Herefordshire but not in East Devon. Or why KPMG – its new auditors – are not doing it now?

“A special investigation into how the costs of establishing a joint customer services hub in a refurbished building soared from £950,000 to more than £1.9m has found evidence that officers “knowingly disregarded council process and procedures”.

Council’s £1 million overspend investigated; our council’s multimillion overspend on new HQ not investigated! | East Devon Watch

Meanwhile, the District Council is forging ahead:


23 SEP 2017

EDDC must be feeling VERY positive about the outcome of the PegasusLife Planning appeal as the sale of Knowle land, at around £7.1 million, is meant to contribute to the £10,361,000 cost (at last years costing – who knows what it is this year).

And does it include the £1m plus cost of Exmouth town hall?

Next year’s council tax deliberations will be interesting!

EDDC lays foundations for new HQ in Honiton – but who is paying? | East Devon Watch

With the full report in the Herald:

Building work begins on new district council HQ in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 September 2017

Callum Lawton

Proposed new headquarters for East Devon District Council.

Foundations have been laid and groundworks completed at the site in Heathpark Industrial Estate. Work has officially begun on East Devon District Council’s new Honiton headquarters.

Foundations have been laid and groundworks completed at the site in Heathpark Industrial Estate.

The council has earmarked December next year as the month for its staff to start working at the state-of-the-art HQ, which will house a new council chamber and meeting rooms.

The plans, which were approved in November last year, also included a cycle store, smoking shelter, staff car park and loading bay, with a provision for 135 car parking spaces and a pedestrian and cycle route from Exeter Road to the Heathpark estate.

The work is being carried out by contractors Interserve Construction Ltd, which says it is on schedule to finish the build in time.

Cllr Paul Diviani, leader of the East Devon District Council, gave his seal of approval after he viewed the construction site with deputy leader Cllr Phil Twiss.

Mr Diviani said: “As promised, we are delivering on our commitment to East Devon residents and businesses to provide a new headquarters in the heart of the district that will be cost effective, well designed and ensures the council is fit for the future.”

Earlier this year, the council decided that its relocation to Honiton could go ahead in the expectation of future sale of East Devon’s current office site at Knowle in Sidmouth, which is owned outright by the local authority.

Along with the construction work in Honiton, the council is currently investing in the modernisation of Exmouth Town Hall to provide future council services and the building is expected to reopen in November.

Once the move to Honiton is complete, the council will have a presence in its two largest towns, which it says will make its services ‘even more accessible’ to its residents.

The Honiton-based HQ is sited next to the council’s business centre, and will be contemporary in shape and balanced with more traditional elements of pitched roofs and brickwork.

Knowle’s sale and ultimate redevelopment will still take place in the future and the capital receipt will then be secured to part fund the relocation which will cost £10,361,000 in total.

Building work begins on new district council HQ in Honiton - Honiton, Axminster and Seaton news - Midweek Herald

Knowle relocation project: Appeal documents published this week reveal the continued strength of feeling against redevelopment plans for Knowle

Submissions have been made to the appeal on the planning application for Knowle, to be heard in November:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: PegasusLife appeal >>> deadline today for submissions >>> the issues

For example:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: PegasusLife appeal >>> submission from Neighbourhood Plan steering group

And now all the submissions can be viewed on the District Council's planning website (although it's down until Monday...):
View planning applications, enforcements and planning appeals - East Devon

Look under 'documents' at:

16/0872/MFUL | The construction of an assisted living community for older people comprising extra care units, staff accommodation and communal facilities, including a kitchen, restaurant/bar/cafe, a well-being suite comprising gym, treatment rooms and pool, a communal lounge and storage facilities; car parking for residents, visitors and staff of the assisted living community; comprehensive landscaping comprising communal and private spaces; and associated groundworks. | Council Offices Knowle Sidmouth EX10 8HL

Meanwhile, the Herald's front page gives us a taster:

Breaking news & sport in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald

With the full piece here:

Knowle plans would create ‘elderly ghetto’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 22 September 2017

The Knowle Residents' Association has submitted this photomontage of how the PegasusLife development could look from Salcombe Hill to the Planning Inspectorate

Appeal documents published this week reveal the continued strength of feeling against redevelopment plans for Knowle – with claims Sidmouth would be dealt a ‘devastating blow’

PegasusLife has taken landowner East Devon District Council’s decision to refuse its scheme to the Planning Inspectorate.
In emotional submissions, residents said the developer’s proposals for 113 retirement flats ‘run a coach and horses’ over the site’s 50-home allocation in the Local Plan and would create an ‘elderly ghetto’.
Organisations including Sidmouth Arboretum, the Vision Group for Sidmouth, and the Knowle Residents’ Association have also responded to reiterate their calls for the application to be thrown out.
The Sid Vale Association said: “PegasusLife has clearly done its utmost to maximise the development on the site for commercial reasons.
“The appeal should be refused on the grounds that it seeks more than double the number of dwellings earmarked in the Local Plan; that it proposes buildings of a poor architectural design, and that its impacts on nearby residents and on the public parkland are unacceptable.”
Liz Fuller, the buildings at risk officer at SAVE Britain’s Heritage, restated its strong objection to the proposals, saying they represented a ‘devastating blow’ to the history and character of Sidmouth.
Knowle Drive resident Robin Fuller said: “If, at the first major test of the Local Plan, a developer succeeds in turning over its objectives by a huge margin, then the process of local planning is null and void and local democracy can be considered dead and buried. Approval on appeal will set a precedent for other developments to run a coach and horses through the intentions of the plan.”
PegasusLife said its scheme will only ‘materially impact’ Hillcrest and its amenity will not be adversely affected.
Homeowners Rob and Sandra Whittle challenged this, adding: “It is crucial that the planning inspector make an internal visit to Hillcrest to understand the negative impact on our home and appreciate what a permanently devastating blow this development in its present form would have on our lives.”
Submissions said 20 homes besides Hillcrest, in Knowle Drive and Broadway, would be adversely affected. George and Ann Ellis live in Knowle Drive but were in support of the appeal. They said: “Although parts of the development will have some effect on us we feel that these will not be too much of an inconvenience in what to us seems an otherwise satisfactory and necessary scheme. We are very conscious that there is a great need for more housing in the UK with a growing and ageing population.
“Sidmouth is a very popular retirement location and there now appear to be few sites for development – hence the suitability of Knowle. There is a big demand for older people to downsize and the benefit of this is that more properties are freed up for younger families.”
EDDC’s development management committee defied officer advice to refuse the scheme last December – arguing it represented a departure from Knowle’s 50-home allocation in the Local Plan. Members also objected to the scale, height, bulk and massing of the proposed development.
At the appeal, PegasusLife will argue the scheme is ‘thoughtful and considered’, its benefits outweigh any potential harm to the listed summerhouse and there is a ‘compelling need’ for extra care accommodation in East Devon.
The deal is worth £7.505million to EDDC, which is relocating to Exmouth and Honiton.
The inquiry will open at 10am on Tuesday, November 28.

Knowle plans would create ‘elderly ghetto’ - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald

Climate change: false hope and climate optimism have been 'a disaster' > 'we need a new language, desperately'

Can we 'do anything' to combat climate change?

Farmers could store carbon in their soils:
Futures Forum: Climate change: and sequestering carbon

Lay people could actually take some action:
Futures Forum: Climate change: How do we empower people to take action?

The government could take some action too - maybe:
Futures Forum: Climate change: A Carbon Tax Won't Stop Hurricanes

The trouble is that we all want our cake and eat it - for example:
Russia wants to protect itself from climate change—without reducing carbon emissions | Science | AAAS

So, is there any point?

Climate Change Is Happening. 
Why Not Trade In Your False Hope For A Humvee?

SEP 21, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord has been greeted unfavorably by other world leaders, but it doesn't make much difference to the planet — not in terms of cooling things down.

Most scientists agree: it's too late to reverse, or even slow down, global warming/climate change. Too much energy has already been pumped into the atmosphere by greenhouse gases. Yet Al Gore and other environmentalists continue to argue that there's still something we could do, just maybe. Of course we should stop polluting; pollution kills us and other living things. But climate change? Better to accept that it's happening and that the time to do something about it passed it decades ago. Cartoon by Ted Rall.

Climate Change Is Happening. Why Not Trade In Your False Hope For A Humvee?

So what is the accepted scientific view?

Scientists have produced estimates of how warm the world will get if the amount of carbon increases to double pre-industrial levels. This produces a range of results from about 1.5C to 5C. The lower end of the scale would be relatively benign; the upper end would result in the end of human civilisation as we know it.

Those who say we will be fine make the same mistake as those who say we are heading for Armageddon – insisting on certainty when there is doubt. The question then is what is the wisest course? Roll the dice and hope for the best or make efforts to ensure the worst-case scenario does not happen?

Have scientists really admitted climate change sceptics are right? | The Independent

Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

The extreme weather of the past months is a game-changer: surely now the world is ready to talk about climate change as a civilisation-collapsing catastrophe

A flooded home in Houston. ‘Major parts of the dominant global superpower have been decimated by two Katrina-dwarfing storms in less than a month.’ Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Thursday 21 September 2017 14.24 BST

In 1988, when the scientist James Hansen told a senate committee that it was “time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here”, those who took him seriously assumed that if they just persisted with emphasising that this terrible fact would eventually destroy us, action would be taken. Instead, the opposite happened: when confronted with the awful reality of climate change, most people tended to retreat into a panglossian vision of the future, or simply didn’t want to hear about it.

A lot of work has been done since to understand why climate change is so uniquely paralysing, most prominently by George Marshall, author of the book Don’t Even Think About It. Marshall describes climate change as “a perfect and undetectable crime everyone contributes to but for which no one has a motive”. Climate change is both too near and too far for us to be able to internalise: too near because we make it worse with every minute act of our daily lives; too far because until now it has been something that affects foreign people in foreign countries, or future versions of ourselves that we can only conceive of ephemerally.

It is also too massive. The truth is if we don’t take action on climate change now, the food shortages, mass migration and political turmoil it will cause could see the collapse of civilisation in our lifetimes. Which of us can live with that knowledge?

It’s not surprising, then, that some years ago climate activists switched to a message of optimism. They listened to studies that showed optimism was more galvanising than despair, and they began to talk about hope, empowerment, and success stories. They waited for some grand extreme weather event to make the final pieces fall into place. Maybe the submerging of New Orleans would be it; maybe some of the rich white people who were battered by Hurricane Sandywould use their privilege to demand action. Maybe Harvey or Irma – or now Maria– would cause us to snap out of our stupor. It hasn’t happened.

Instead what I think a message of optimism has done is create a giant canyon between the reality of climate change and most people’s perception of it. An optimistic message has led to complacency – “people are saying it’s doable so it will probably be fine” – and championing success stories has convinced people that the pathetic, threadbare action taken by governments so far is sufficient. I’ve lost count of the sheer number of politically engaged, conscientious people I’ve met who have simply no idea how high the stakes are.

The fact is, nobody knows how to solve the riddle of persuading the public to demand action on climate change. I certainly don’t have the answers. But I do think we need to contemplate that something is going disastrously wrong here – that perhaps it’s time to get back to the drawing board and rethink how we talk about climate change.

Two significant things have happened since that senate committee hearing in 1988: the first is the Paris agreement in 2015 to try to limit warming to 1.5Cresearch out this week shows this is still possible. The second is that major parts of the dominant global superpower have been decimated by two Katrina-dwarfing storms in less than a month. Circumstances have changed in the past 30 years: climate change is a material fact now, and we have a specific target to aim for, to limit the damage it will cause.

‘We have to challenge the pervasive silence on climate change.’ 
George Marshall, the author of Don’t Even Think About It, speaks at a Guardian event.

A new campaign could centre on the demand for governments to meet the 1.5C target, emphasising how dire the consequences will be if we don’t. People don’t need to imagine what climate change looks like any more: they can see it in the sea water that has enveloped the islands of the Caribbean, the drowning houses in Houston, the communiques from those who couldn’t escape, and prepared themselves to lose everything. In Britain we’ve seen floodwater inundate entire villages; a pub that became a thoroughfare for a swollen river. This is what catastrophe on our doorsteps looks like, and perhaps it’s time we link these images to climate change with as much gusto as the fossil fuel industry denies it.

Could the language of emergency work? It has never been tried with as much meteorological evidence as we have now, and we’ve never had a target as clear and unanimous as the one agreed in Paris. The one thing I know is that the events of the last few months have changed the game, and this is the moment to start debating a new way to talk about climate change. It may be that if the time for a mass movement is not now, there won’t be one.

• Ellie Mae O’Hagan is an editor at openDemocracy, and a freelance journalist

Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately | Ellie Mae O’Hagan | Opinion | The Guardian

See George Marshall here:
Futures Forum: Climate change: and the film 'The Merchants of Doubt'
Futures Forum: Climate change: appealing to values and identity >>> From 'worthy but dull' to re-framing the debate >>> It's about: pollution >>> inter-generational debt >>> conserving the local landscape
Futures Forum: Climate change: the language of framing... "Climate change hysteria is really a feeling."
Futures Forum: Climate change: the language of framing... "Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change"

Friday, 22 September 2017

Vision Group for Sidmouth > looking for new leaders for new ideas

Things are moving forward with the Vision Group:
Futures Forum: Vision Group for Sidmouth > looking for new blood

If you'd like to help fashion the future in the Sid Valley, get in touch with:
Vision Group for Sidmouth - Contact or 
to get involved.

Here's the full press release from the VGS:


This year the Science Festival – which opens on Tuesday 3rd October – will be bigger and better than ever before. Originally founded 6 years ago as a weekend event, by members of the Vision Group for Sidmouth (VGS), the Science Festival has expanded to involve the whole valley and appeals to students, families, as well as professors of various disciplines.

Dave Bramley, Chair of both the Science Festival and the VGS says, “The Science Festival and other local projects, such as the Farmers Market, Food Festival and SidEnergy, started life within the VGS group. The two main aims of the VGS have been to incubate appropriate community projects and to provide a place where Sidmouthians could be informed about and debate community issues.

The unintended consequences of the success of such activities – especially the Science Festival - demand a major voluntary effort which impacts on the VGS. Having served continuously for over 5 years, the officers of the VGS would prefer that the VGS continues under new leadership. They are seeking new volunteers to introduce to the group before they stand down in June 2018.

The Vision Group was formed in 2005 when the Town Council and Sid Vale Association set up a team to make sure Sidmouth’s voice was heard in the putting together of the Local Plan. Now the Neighbourhood Plan steering group which includes Vision Group members, guided by the Town Council, are developing a plan specifically for Sidmouth.

The VGS has gone on to achieve Transition Town status for Sidmouth and has worked with this concept on various projects, including the community energy group SidEnergy and the Science Festival. The group embraced transition aims - first to incubate and launch projects such as the monthly Farmers Market – secondly to inform and encourage debate about key local issues affecting the future of the Valley, such as housing, recycling, transport, the future of Port Royal. Jeremy Woodward has provided the formidably informative Futures Forum web news, and the group has organised independent meetings, such as the hustings sessions.

The time has now come for the Officers of the group to stand down. All have contributed hugely to the events, discussions and ideas, and now all - Chair, Treasurer, Secretary – are inviting others to take things forward. As Dave Bramley explains “Time demands from both family and the growing Science Festival mean I am unable to continue in the role of VGS Chair"

If you would like to help take the Vision Group’s projects forward, or have inspiration for other projects – indeed, if you would like to help take the Valley forward please contact Dave Bramley in the first instance on visionforsidmouth@gmail.com

Vision Group for Sidmouth - Home

'Needless Demand' >>> Or: What's the difference between 'need for housing' and 'demand for housing'?

The Campaign for the Protection of England has been asking obvious questions:
Futures Forum: Where has our affordable housing gone?

There's another question:
How do we first determine and then measure 'housing need'?
Futures Forum: Over-estimating the 'need' for housing and employment land in East Devon
Futures Forum: "We’ll make sure the homes that are needed get built – if a council fails to produce a suitable local plan, we’ll have it done it for them."
Futures Forum: Identifying housing 'need' in East Devon: "Floodgates are open for developers"
Futures Forum: Identifying housing 'need'
Futures Forum: Housing: "it would be impossible to build to meet demand because there is a never-ending queue of people who want to move to Devon."
Futures Forum: “Policy makers should not use a perceived shortage in the supply of housing as a smoke screen.”

The CPRE looks at the issues:

Why we must focus on housing need

20 September 2017
It is vital that the debate on housing shifts ... to how we can deliver against genuine housing need
Why we must focus on housing needCopyright: RHM/Tim Crocker
Need and demand: attempting to draw a distinction between these two terms can lead you down a slippery semantic slope. When it comes to housing, the importance of a clear distinction – between what we mean by housing need and housing demand – is especially important.
CPRE’s latest housing foresight paper – Needless Demand – attempts to provide clarity on what we mean by these two terms, explain why the difference is so important, and provide suggestions as to how planning policy could incorporate a clear understanding of what the differences are.
The situation is not helped by the fact that both the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) conflate the two terms. As Needless Demand demonstrates, this confusion is perpetuating the housing crisis. By treating market demand as the same as genuine social need, developers are able to bring forward the housing schemes that are most agreeable to their profit margins rather than the needs of the local community. This problem is compounded by a lack of social housing and the Government’s insistence that affordable housing provision should be met through private development.
However, as our new paper sets out, housing need and housing demand aren’t the same thing. Rather, we set outobjective criteria that should underpin any real concept of housing need:
• Is the housing affordable to the people who need it?
• Is it located where it is needed?
• Is it of an appropriate quality?
• What is the balance between existing and emerging housing need and what might the duration of housing need be?
Demand, on the other hand, can be defined as the ‘quantity and quality of housing which households will choose to occupy given their preferences and ability to pay’. While housing demand reflects households’ financial circumstances, housing need is the baseline required for everyone to live in appropriate conditions.
As well as making clear this distinction, Needless Demand suggests how it can be applied to improve planning policy. Based on these definitions of need and demand, local planning authorities should make estimates and alter their plans for the amount and type of housing. Crucial to this, the ‘objectively-assessed need’ figure that authorities are required to produce should not be a single numerical target, but rather outline the range of different housing needed. More widely, we also call on the Government to revise the NPPF to clarify the distinction in national policy.
We hope that Needless Demand will make a timely contribution to the housing debate, especially given the Government’s new consultation, Planning for the right homes in the right places, launched just last week. It is vital that the debate on housing shifts from a dogmatic obsession with sheer numbers to a broader discussion about how we can deliver against genuine housing need. Needless Demand attempts to bridge this divide.

Why we must focus on housing need - Campaign to Protect Rural England

Needless Demand: How a focus on need can help solve the housing crisis

Needless Demand: How a focus on need can help solve the housing crisis
Needless demand: How a focus on need can help solve the housing crisis is the eighth paper in CPRE's Housing Foresight series. It analyses the current method that councils use to plan for local housing and what is being built as a result. It finds that ‘housing need’ and ‘housing demand’ are being conflated in planning policy, with the result that numbers matter more than type and tenure of housing.
Needless Demand shows how Government could split need and demand, and so tackle the housing crisis more effectively. It calls for clearer definitions of ‘need’ and ‘demand’ to be applied to planning policy, and for councils to apply them to their housing targets and local plans.

Needless Demand: How a focus on need can help solve the housing crisis - Campaign to Protect Rural England

Climate change: and sequestering carbon

One way to keep carbon out of the atmosphere is to keep it in the ground:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Climate Week >>> soil carbon sequestration >>> or: We've been treating our soil like dirt
Futures Forum: The benefits or otherwise of biochar

This is the latest research:

Sequestering carbon in soil - addressing the climate threat

14th Sep 2017

This report is a summary of a longer report from a conference that took place in May this year, looking at sequestering soil carbon in soils. Scientists, experts, farmers and other interested parties got together to discuss the issues and opportunties with soil management and carbon; how this can be addressed and implemented with policy, practice and projects.
The full report is available to read here (and is well worth it), but the main points are also summarised below. The full report was compiled by Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions. 
"We must kick start an upward spiral of soil rejuvenation and preservation that supports carbon sequestration, the economic needs of farmers and the production of nutritious food for human health" (Jenny Dungait, Rothamsted Research).

Critical questions

  • What are the best soil carbon sequestration farming practices and how do we help farmers adopt and maintain them?
  • What policies are needed to provide financing and incentives for the adoption of soil carbon sequestration?
  • What are the best approaches to measuring and verifying carbon in soil?
  • How can we scale up soil carbon sequestration while also addressing issues of equity, land access and sustainable economic development?
  • What scientific research is needed to advance soil carbon sequestration practices and how do we share research and knowledge back and forth between farmers and academics.
  • How do we take soil carbon sequestration to scale as fast as possible?
  • What is the global technical potential of soil carbon sequestration for addressing the climate threat?

Achieving action 

Workshops were held on several key themes to look at how to take ideas and turn them into action on the ground.


"Farmers will change their practices if thre is a support system to ensure they will not go broke in the process." (Graham Christensen, GC Resource).


There was strong agreement that soil organic matter is a strong overall indicator of soil health and that there is significant potential for soil carbon sequestration through agricutlure and ecosystem restoration. There is a need to create a uniform measurement method for soil carbon globally to design a science based set of indicators for farmers to help them know when they are succeeding at building healthy soil and advancing soil carbon sequestration and to launch demonstration farms and pilot projects in at least one third of all countries. 


This looked at examples of policy initiatives working including the new Healthy Soils Initiative in California. To hasten the wide scale adoption of soil carbon sequestration practices, policies must reward a broader set of outcomes, cinluding tangible yield increases, drought resistance and improved resilience.


This looked at what success on the ground looks like for soil carbon sequestration. There is no silver bullet or single practice that will work everywhere. Many in the group argued for a set of guiding principles that would inform practices across different landscapes and cultural contexts.
"We need demonstration farms, farmer to farmer mentoring and training programs and financial support to build healthy soils and sequester carbon as quickly as possible." (Kofi Boa, Centre for No Till Agriculture)

Vital connections 

This looked at concerns and strategies to ensure equity, land rights and social justice within soil carbon sequestration.

Technical potential

Agricultural mitigation must include consideration of four key facts:
  • Reducing emissions from agriculture
  • Sequestration of carbon in soils and above ground biomass
  • Climate Change adaptation
  • Avoid deforestation through sustainable intensification of yields
As well as the focused workshops, discussions ensued around key opportunities that are a significant part of the picture, including Agroforestry, Rotational grazing and grassland management and joining together in developing global land strategies. 

Soil Health

A simple checklist for making sure your farm is increasing soil organic carbon (Tuomas J. Mattila, 2017)

Sequestering carbon in soil - addressing the climate threat | Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit
Soil carbon on your farm | Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit
F&FF - Technical and Business Information

There are other, similar issues:
Futures Forum: Climate change: reducing greenhouse emissions from livestock
Futures Forum: Climate change: and nitrous oxide

Climate change: How do we empower people to take action?

The Prime Minister has been in New York:
Theresa May rebukes Donald Trump at UN for his threat to pull out of Paris climate change deal - Telegraph
Theresa May speaks out against Trump climate change stance at UN | Politics | The Guardian

We can always try and bypass the politicians...




As large swathes of the Caribbean have been left devastated by Hurricane Irma, the issue of climate change is once again back on the global news agenda.

It’s easy to feel defeated when the environmental crises we face are so immediate and huge. But action is urgently needed.

In this special edition of the Weekly Economics Podcast (recorded before Irma took place), we explore some of the possible solutions, debate what real action looks like and how those most affected can be the most powerful agents for change.

David Powell, Environment Lead at the New Economics Foundation, takes over hosting duties and is joined by Alice Bell, Director of Communications at 10:10, and Asad Rehman, Executive Director at War on Want.
Weekly Economics Podcast: how do we empower people to take action on climate change? | New Economics Foundation