Labour in Europe - A Record of Climate Success

As a socialist society, SERA has always been pro european and passionate supporters of the EU. More than any other policy issue, the climate and environment emergency requires a global cooperative effort to tackle the crisis. Today we want to publicly thank and pay tribute to our Labour MEPs and the S&D group that have worked to promote social and environmental justice over the last forty years across Europe. Theresa Griffin MEP writes exclusively for SERA on Labour's climate success in Europe. Theresa is Chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and lead Member for Energy, Industry and Digital.  Continue reading

Indigenous Australians fate echoes that of climate refugees in the aftermath of bushfires

For this piece exclusive to SERA's blog, Jo Smith, content writer for the Immigration Advice Service discusses the important issue of disaster-induced displacement. With the rapid escalation of extreme weather events, Jo argues that it is time to address the matter of climate refugees.  Continue reading

We’re keeping our promises and counting down to Oxford Zero Emission Zone

Cllr Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council portfolio holder for Safer, Greener, Environment writes for SERA about the launch of Oxford's Zero Emissions Zone. Here Tom shows how, faced with the Conservatives' lack of action on climate, Labour councils such as the one in Oxford are leading way on tackling the climate crisis. Find Tom on Twitter at @CllrTomHayes. Bridge of Sighs, Oxford Continue reading

The Citizens' budget: Oxford City Council's path to net zero

Cllr Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council portfolio holder for Safer, Greener, Environment writes for SERA about the outcome of Oxford's Citizen Assembly on Climate Change and the Council's consequent climate emergency budget, which reflects the views of the Assembly. Continue reading

The next Government must implement a Climate Emergency Spending Review and Climate Conversation

This article was originally published in SERA's Summer 2019 edition of New Ground. Jake Sumner is SERA's Co-Chair, in this article he argues that following Parliament's declaration of an environment and climate emergency in May 2019, we need a Climate Emergency Spending Review to achieve the urgent and rapid response our planet needs.  Continue reading

Labour's Sue Hayman: "This is an Environment & Climate Emergency"

This article was originally published in SERA's Summer 2019 edition of New Ground magazine. At the time of writing Sue Hayman was the Labour MP for Workington and Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Sue is running for re-election and in this article explains the action from Labour on declaring a climate and environment emergency in Parliament and the inaction by the Conservatives ever since. Continue reading

Flight of fancy

When this article was originally published in the 2019 summer edition of New Ground, Alex Sobel was the Labour and Co-operative MP for Leeds North West. In the last Parliamentary session, Alex led SERA's parliamentary network. He is running for re-election and in this article makes the case for a frequent flyer tax. Continue reading

We need a fracking ban

Steve Mason is campaign director of Frack Free United, a UK-wide network of groups opposed to fracking. He tweets at @stevemason2111. In this article Steve makes the powerful case for a fracking ban, a policy backed by the Labour Party.   Continue reading

The role of food in taking on the Climate Emergency

Mark Banahan is a Campaigns and Policy Officer at The Vegan Society. He tweets at @MarkBanahan. In this article Mark sets out how embracing a plant-based diet can help us tackle the climate and environment emergency and makes the case for a more sustainable food policy.  Continue reading

Designing development to deliver on nature, climate and housing

Rebecca Pullinger is the Land Use Campaigns and Policy Officer at CPRE, the countryside charity. She tweets at @beckyjpullinger and in this article makes the case for careful design through which, she says, we must address the contribution of development to the climate emergency and ecological crisis while building the homes that we need. Continue reading

Restoring nature to tackle the climate crisis

Adam Barnett is Senior Parliamentary Officer at RSPB. He tweets at @admpbntt and here argues how Labour can restore nature and mitigate climate change with a radical manifesto for nature’s recovery and the protection of the UK’s vital carbon and wildlife-rich landscapes. This piece was first published the Summer 2019 edition of our magazine New Ground, exclusive to our members. Continue reading