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

Reporting back on Manchester's Green Summit

Lydia Meryll, SERA executive member and trustee of Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN) took a leading role in the formation and organisation of a groundbreaking Green Summit hosted by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. She reports back on a day that saw the wind turbine turning towards a world-leading zero-carbon city.  Mayor Andy Burnham thanking supporters including SERA Continue reading

"Future generations will judge us harshly for ignoring the dire consequences of Brexit on our environment" - Clare Moody MEP

Clare Moody MEP and National Chair of the Labour Movement for Europe (LME) writes for SERA with her concerns on the impact of Brexit on the Environment and Climate change.  Continue reading

Jobs and Climate Conference Report

On Saturday 10 March a new Trade Union conference took place 'Planning for a Future which doesn't cost the Earth' organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group. Graham Petersen of the Greener Jobs Alliance reports back on a successful event.  Continue reading

The Government must introduce air quality report findings to halt "public health emergency"

SERA welcomes the joint Commons select committee report imploring the Government to act on UK air quality. The Government must listen. Phillip Fenton, SERA's National Organiser has his say.    Continue reading