Providing the skills and jobs: How can Labour ensure no one is left behind by the transition to the green economy?

As part of SERA’s fringe programme at Labour Party conference 2018 a roundtable in partnership with NUS and the Greener Jobs Alliance discussed the just transition to a low carbon economy and the role of education, skills and training in ensuring no one is left behind by this transition Continue reading

Labour's Shadow Transport Minister Rachael Maskell MP on green transport and infrastructure

As part of SERA's fringe programme at Labour Party Conference 2018, we held an event supported by the Campaign for Better Transport & Tideway on "Moving with the times: Why Labour must green its transport and infrastructure". There was a fantastic line-up including Lord Andrew Adonis (former Transport Secretary), Daniel Zeichner MP (former Shadow Transport Minister) and Rachael Maskell MP (Labour's Shadow Transport Minister).  Continue reading

A Socialist Transport Network- the next Labour Government can build on the approach being taken in the Liverpool City Region.

Cllr Liam Robinson chairs the Liverpool Transport Committee and MerseyTravel and is Liverpool City Region portfolio holder for Transport and Air Quality. He joins us for our discussion on green transport at Labour Conference in Liverpool alongside Shadow Transport Minister Rachael Maskell MP Find out more Continue reading

A Green Jobs Guarantee?

Andrea Grainger is an environmental campaigner and SERA member, guest writing for the SERA blog on a Green Jobs Guarantee and community development. Continue reading

Labour Council, Greenpeace and Friends of the earth sign Charter for Clean Air

Despite the government's lack of action, Oxford City Council working with Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth show local Labour governments can make a real difference to tackle air pollution. Cllr Tom Hayes will be speaking at our clean air fringe event at Labour conference. Find out more here Continue reading

Wetwipes and fatbergs: A real stain on the environment

Debbie Leach, Chief Executive at Thames21 wrote for SERA's magazine New Ground recently on the the huge issue of wet wipes polluting the Thames. Although the new super sewer being built deep under London will help, there is still much politicians and industry could do to clean up the mess Continue reading

Andy Burnham: The Problem with Plastic and my vision for Manchester

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester writes exclusively for SERA on the plastic problem and his vision on making Manchester a plastic-free city. This article first appeared in SERA's publication New Ground in Summer 2018. New Ground is sent free to all SERA members but past issues are available for all to read online here.  Continue reading


Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East since 2005, member of the EFRA and EAC Select Committees, and Chair of the APPG on Agroecology, writes for SERA on the importance of the upcoming Agricultural Bill in determining the shape of the UK’s food and farming policy after Brexit. Continue reading

Single use Plastic - A growing public concern

Hubbub's CEO Trewin Restorick writes for SERA on what he believes the political and policy response should be to the plastic problem at a time when public concern has reached an all-time high. Hubbub is a charity that design campaigns that seek to inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices.  Continue reading

Championing Active Travel to School

Amy Foster is a primary teacher in Southwark in south London. She has worked championing active travel both within her school and across its wider local schools network, through the Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School forum, which she chaired for 18 months.  Amy is one of Southwark’s ‘Healthy Schools Champions’ and a trustee for the London Cycling Campaign.​ Continue reading

The Latest from Sussex SERA

Anne Tyndale is Sussex SERA lead and gives us an update Continue reading

Labour needs to press government to be ambitious on the environment

Labour needs to press government to be ambitious on the environment. A vote against expansion is not a vote against the economy. Rather it is an opportunity to call for an economic and environmental policy that goes hand in hand; Where growth is not reliant on fossil fuels but on renewable technology, where we focus on the jobs of the future, not the industries of yesterday; and where we strengthen our commitments on the climate and social justice, as well as on economic growth. But to do this Labour MPs must oppose Heathrow expansion Continue reading