The Green Agenda could inspire and challenge this generation – and help us take on UKIP and the Tories

SERA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2013. Our founding Secretary, Steve Cohen, has written for LabourList on the green opportunity for Labour. Continue reading

Maria Eagle MP: We need a new direction

Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP writes for the new edition of New Ground on the new direction needed to cut transport's contribution to climate change. Transport emissions are responsible for more than a fifth of the UK’s contribution to potentially irreversible climate change. Despite the green rhetoric of the Coalition Agreement, this government’s record is woeful. The key transport pledge in the deal between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats was “to make the transport sector greener and more sustainable.” Yet decision after decision by Transport Ministers over the past two and a half years has set back the progress needed to meet our emissions reduction targets. Whether it was commitments on buses, rail, cycling, roads or aviation, the gulf between the Coalition Agreement and the record of the past two and half years is vast. Continue reading

Jake Sumner: The light at the end of the tunnel

In the first of our articles from the latest edition of New Ground, SERA Executive Member Jake Sumner considers the history of public transport and where it takes us. Continue reading

UK Government admits breaching EU Air Quality Laws

Labour MEP Claude Moraes has been campaigning on London’s poor air quality. Continue reading

Painting the Town Hall Red and Green

SERA is looking for case studies of good practice of Labour Councillors in action – creating a more sustainable future. Continue reading

Budget supports fracking not renewables

Yesterday’s Budget announcement from George Osbourne was disappointing in its lack of green measures and support for polluting industries. Continue reading

Energy Bill: Co-operative and Community Energy in the spotlight

The Tory-led coalition Government are busy pushing the Energy Bill through Parliament. As currently drafted, it seeks to make a number of changes to reform the electricity market, opening up significant opportunities and challenges for Co-operative and Community energy – models that SERA has supported for a long time. Joe Fortune, SERA executive member and Political & Parliamentary Officer at the Co-operative Party explains the work that the Co-operative and Community Energy Coalition has been doing on this issue over the past few months.    Continue reading

News from Labour’s National Policy Forum

Last week I went to my first meeting of the ‘Quality of Life and Sustainability Policy Commission’, as part of my new role as a Socialist Society rep on Labour’s National Policy Forum.  The focus of our work for this year is around transport – specifically, how we can give communities more of a say in our buses and railways. Continue reading

A Better and Greener Brighton

SERA's new Brighton and Hove branch met last week  for a discussion about the policies that will make Brighton better, not just greener.  Local member Tracey Hill tells us more... Just how green is Brighton and Hove? Amongst certain populations, there is a high degree of engagement with climate change issues. A multitude of community groups are not just talking about low-carbon lifestyles but acting too: community insulation initiatives, a renewable energy cooperative and food growing are great examples. But the carbon footprint of the city as a whole is relatively high, and our recycling rates are nothing to shout about. Continue reading

You can close your eyes, but climate change won’t go away Boris.

On Monday, London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed in his article in the Daily Telegraph that climate change wasn’t happening because he could see snow out of his window.   Continue reading

Sustainable for All – event in Brighton & Hove

Tracey Hill outlines the Brighton & Hove SERA event later this week. Continue reading

Labour’s green opportunity

Ahead of the 'Green Labour and Popular Environmentalism' event taking place later this week, Natan Doron of the Fabian Society writes on the place for green ideas in Labour's Policy Review.  Continue reading