Renewable energy: a key climate solution

Nathan Bennett is Senior Public Affairs Manager at RenewableUK . He tweets at @nathansbennett. This article was originally featured in the last issue of our magazine New Ground, exclusive to SERA members. Below, he argues that we need stronger political will to decarbonise our economy and a faster transition to renewable energy than the current pace. Nathan says that this urgency becomes clearer when you realise how much of the transformation in the wider economy to reach net zero is predicated on increasing and decarbonising the energy sector first. Continue reading

The trade union case for a just transition to a cleaner, greener economy

Tim Page is a Senior Policy Officer leading on industrial policy, energy and climate change at the TUC. Here he outlines how we can and must place workers and local communities at the heart of the transition to a net-zero emissions economy. Tim says that a just transition means delivering new green jobs which must also be good jobs with trade union recognition, decent pay, terms and conditions, high standards of health and safety, and a fair pension. Continue reading

CCS is crucial for a green industrial revolution

Rebecca Bell is Vice-Chair of SERA Scotland. She tweets at @MissBecsBell and in this article argues that carbon capture and storage can open the door to a zero-carbon future. This piece was initially featured in the latest issue of our publication, New Ground.  Continue reading

How our New Model of Municipal Socialism will help lead the Zero-Carbon Revolution

Liam Byrne MP is Shadow Digital Minister and Labour MP for Hodge Hill. He is standing for West Midlands Metro Mayor. He tweets at @LiamByrneMP. In this article which originally appeared in our last issue of New Ground, Liam makes the case for municipal socialism and states that the region which pioneered the carbon revolution is now determined to lead the zero-carbon revolution.  Continue reading

New Climate Perks scheme opens up climate conscious holiday travel

Sarah Barfield Marks works at Possible, formerly known as 10:10 Climate Action. She tweets at @BarfieldMarks. This article was featured in our latest edition of New Ground, published in mid-September. Here Sarah discusses a scheme called Climate Perks that would allow employees to choose low-carbon travel options to their holiday destination instead of flights. Continue reading

A home shouldn’t cost the earth

Alex Cunningham MP is Shadow Housing Minister and Labour MP for Stockton North. He tweets at @ACunninghamMP. Here, Alex sets out how a Labour Government can address both the house crisis and the climate crisis by delivering well insulated, low-carbon homes for the many. Continue reading

The only way to prevent climate chaos is to support our plan for a Green New Deal

Hugh Goulbourne is a former SERA National Convenor and was a Director of the environmental charity Global Action Plan from 2014 to 2017. A Labour Party and Coop Party activist, Hugh is based in Huddersfield and volunteers as the Chair and trade union convenor for SERA West Yorkshire. In this article, Hugh sets out that a decade of austerity and Tory failures on the environment has halted the progress to a green economy that was launched by last Labour government.  Continue reading

Labour unveils plans for carbon-neutral energy system by 2030s

Today Labour announced how it would meet its ambitious targets for net zero carbon emissions with detailed, credible plans to decarbonise and tackle the climate and environmental crisis. Labour will put the interests of workers and local communities at the heart of decarbonisation and ensure a just transition to net zero. Continue reading

Labour led Parliament in declaring a climate emergency. Now it must lead Parliament to divest from fossil fuels.

Thangam Debbonaire MP and MattWestern MP are among 190 Labour MPs who have backed the campaign to divest the Parliamentary pension fund from fossil fuels and in this article call for positive action to align investment with the Paris Agreement. Thangam is a Labour Whip and Labour MP for Bristol West and tweets at @ThangamMP. Matt is Labour MP for Warwick & Leamington and tweets at @MattWestern_. Continue reading

If the Queen’s Speech was a party political broadcast, it shows the Conservatives will not prioritise addressing the climate crisis

Sophie Lethier, SERA's Assistant National Organiser gives her view on the Queen's speech and questions how green is the Environment Bill? The Queen’s Speech was a party political broadcast that launched the Conservative’s next manifesto and provides a window into the reality of the Conservative agenda. It is concerning to see yet another failure to face up to the climate crisis.  Continue reading

Science tells us our planet is broken – fixing it requires rapid and radical change

Clive Lewis MP is Shadow Treasury Minister for Sustainable Economics and Labour MP for Norwich South. He tweets at @labourlewis and calls for a post-war effort to tackle the climate and environment emergency. Continue reading

Climate refugees: A class issue

Luna Williams is the political correspondent at the Immigration Advice Service, an organisation of immigration lawyers which offers free and full legal aid to asylum-seekers and refugees. Currently climate refugees do not have a right to refuge, Luna argues that needs to change to protect vulnerable people across the world who are taking the hit for humanity's collective mistakes.  Continue reading