COP24 - An Observer's view

Mike Franks is a longtime SERA member with an interest in energy politics. Early this century he helped to establish the sustainable development monitoring framework for the North West, and subsequently worked as a spatial and demographic analyst for Oldham. Mike attended COP24 as an observer for the Manchester based ‘Campaign for a Hydrogen Economy’. Continue reading

Anna McMorrin MP tells UK Ministers, “You can’t just throw money at Climate Change and hope it goes away.”

On the 16th january Labour's Anna McMorrin MP led a debate in Westminster Hall on the ‘Response of UK Government to 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference’. You can watch the debate here Continue reading

Our waste, our resources: Labour's Shadow Minister for Waste & Recycling responds to the Government's Waste Strategy

In December 2018 the Government published its long awaited waste and recycling strategy including its ambitions and proposals to tackle plastic waste. England's household recycling rate has stalled at around 44% since 2011. Compare this to Labour controlled Wales where the recycling rate is 62.7%. Experts believe the UK is likely to miss its target of recycling 50% of household rubbish by 2020. Labour Shadow Minister for Waste & Recycling Sandy Martin MP responds to the Government's plans.  Continue reading

Bristol - a leading green city

Marvin Rees is the Mayor of Bristol. He tweets at @MarvinJRees. This article was originally published in SERA's magazine New Ground (Winter 2018) Continue reading

For Britain to lead on climate change, Brexit must be stopped - Lord Adonis

Lord Andrew Adonis is a Labour peer, former transport secretary and former chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. He has campaigned on vice-chancellor’s pay and now is a leading voice against Brexit. He tweets at @Andrew_Adonis Continue reading

Where do the candidates stand on the environment?

The election for the next leader of the Welsh Labour party and First Minister of Wales is underway. SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign asked the three candidates for their green vision for Wales.  Continue reading

Local power drives change – why councils hold the keys to the electric car revolution

Cllr Tom Hayes, Executive Board member for a Safer & Greener Environment at Oxford City Council writes on the action local authorities can and must take to tackle air pollution. Tom joined our panel on clean air at Labour conference, you can watch it on YouTube here Continue reading

The Last Straw

Holly Lynch MP was until recently Shadow DEFRA Minister for fisheries. She is Labour MP for Halifax and is currently taking maternity leave from the front bench. In the Summer Holly wrote an article for our magazine New Ground on plastic straws.  The government are currently consulting on their proposals for a ban on plastic straws. We encourage SERA members and supporters to submit a response to the consultation and sharing your responses with SERA by emailing [email protected]  Continue reading

Green GB Week - What has the Government ever done for 'Green Britain'?

Green GB Week takes place between the 15th and 19th October - events listed here. With the latest IPCC report published last week with clear warnings on the need for urgent action to limit climate change, Green GB Week is not a time to celebrate government inaction, rather to campaign for real clean growth, writes SERA member Sydney Charles Continue reading

How warm words, little action and plastic recovery don't mix

Alan Whitehead, Shadow Energy & Climate Change Minister and Labour MP for Southampton Test writes for SERA arguing the Government response to the plastic problem has been completely inadequate despite pressure from the public to act. He explains the current problems with the UK's recycling system and the pressing need for action. This article was originally published in the Summer 2018 edition of SERA's New Ground Magazine.  Continue reading