Time to Go Plastic Free

As part of SERA's push on plastics we want to encourage the Labour Party to be more ambitious. With plastic at the top of the political and environmental agenda and the Conservative government taking little if any concrete action, we want Labour to think about plastic pollution within the Party which we hope will enable conversations and a cultural shift paving the way for green world leading progressive policy.  Continue reading

Labour needs a Green Guardian to bring a breath of fresh air to communities

SERA's Co-Chair Melanie Smallman argues that to save the environment from Brexit the Labour Party needs to be calling for a Green Guardian to put power in the hands of local citizens and force the Government to act on crucial matters like air quality and climate change. Continue reading

Everything is connected

David Newman has worked since 1988 on environmental issues.  He worked with the late Greenpeace founder David McTaggart for 13 years, ran Greenpeace Italy 1995-1997, worked for the Italian Minister of Environment as Advisor, ran the Italian national association for composting and biogas until 2014 and established the Italian bioplastics association and ran it until 2015. He was President of the International Solid Waste Association from 2012 until 2016. He is currently President of the World Biogas Association and founded and runs the UK Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association promoting bio-materials. He is Advisor to Ditto Sustainability Ltd and to several companies in the field of waste and resource management. He lives and works in London. Continue reading

Britain and the Sustainable Development Goals - Let's get it done!

Hugh Atkinson, distinguished Research Fellow, Schumacher Institute and a member of SERA and Croydon Central Labour Party writes for SERA on the opportunity the Sustainable Development Goals hold for supporting our planet and the lack of government response to this opportunity.  Continue reading

Communities and consumer democracy can drive environmental justice

Andrea Grainger is an environmental campaigner and SERA member guest writing for the SERA blog on the role strong communities and consumer democracy can play in building the environmental movement in the UK.  Continue reading

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Climate change challenges and opportunities

Jacinda Ardern, Leader of the NZ Labour Party wrote for SERA a few weeks before New Zealand went to the polls to elect their next Prime Minister. Since becoming Prime Minister Jacinda has been tackling climate change head on and standing up to some of the most powerful global industries.  Jacinda Ardern addressed the Paris Institute of Political Studies on the 16th April 2018 and her speech is below.    Continue reading

Making London the first UK city to go pesticide-free!

The Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) write for SERA about their campaign for a Pesticide Free London. PAN UK is asking all candidates in the London election to take their Pesticide Free London Pledge to show their support for making London the first city in the UK to go pesticide free. Continue reading

Tackling Climate Change locally; Our Planet, Our Borough

On 22 March, Haringey Labour Party Climate Change and Environment Group hosted a community event.  Our Planet, Our Borough - Haringey and the Climate Change Challenge saw over one hundred and twenty borough residents turn up for an evening of information and action planning. Communities must come together to work on climate change and to explain to voters how Labour will implement the transition to a green economy for the many, not the few.  Continue reading

Long read: Driven Grouse Shooting - the Case for a ban

Dr Gerard Hobley is a biological chemistry researcher; an author of a number of publications; an active RSC member; and reviewer for Tetrahedron Letters. In 2013 he completed a teacher training course at Bradford College and has since been teaching in FE colleges. Gerard writes an extensive piece for SERA on the case for banning driven grouse shooting. The Labour Party are currently consulting on their Animal Welfare plans which includes a proposal to increase penalties for criminal behaviour as well as improve enforcement and prosecution rates for the persecution of birds of prey. You can let Labour know your thoughts on their Animal Welfare plan by clicking here Continue reading

To really "take back control" of UK fisheries, we must treat fishing rights as a public resource

Griffin Carpenter is an environmental economist at the New Economics Foundation. He writes for SERA  arguing that fishing quotas should be reallocated with some of the quota allocated based on social and environmental criteria to benefit our marine environment   Continue reading

If the Conservatives were serious about the environment they would call a halt to badger culls

Andrew Coles is a West Oxfordshire District Councillor for Witney Central. The conservative government are considering extending its Badger cull to Oxfordshire. Andrew argues if the Tories really were serious about the environment they would halt the cull Continue reading

SERA's submission to the Labour Party Democracy Review

SERA co-chairs Melanie Smallman and Jake Sumner write SERA's submission to the Labour Party Democracy Review explaining the unique, long and ongoing relationship SERA and Labour have in tackling some of the most important issues of our time.  Continue reading