Dianne Regisford at Green Book Club
Dianne Regisford, a local Green Party author read extracts from Evoking Belonging and answered questions from readers at the July Green Book Club.
Watch a recording of her performance and conversation.[Read more]
Green Comment: New data on key sources of air pollution in Oxford
As expected, this report shows only minor improvements in air quality pre-COVID.
Only during COVID did air quality improve to the point where it was no longer breaching international standards.
Says Green Councillor Dick Wolff, "Rather than seeking to 'lock in' the improvements to air quality witnessed in the last few months, the City Council are actually DELAYING the introduction of a clean air zone in the City Centre and for a number of weeks even waived car parking charges. We need to 'build back better' - not return to the same poor air quality."
The Greens have proposed Low Traffic Neighbourhoods across the City, additional bus gates, an expanded clean air zone and massive improvements to cycle infrastructure.[Read more]
Green Comment on City Council welcomes Pension Fund’s climate-focused changes to pension investments
Says Green City Councillor Craig Simmons who, as Chair of the City Council's Finance Panel in 2014, first tabled the City Council motion to divest from fossil fuels, "Although this is not a dramatic change of direction, it is nonetheless welcome. But, without close measurement and monitoring, there is a real risk that the policy won't deliver much at all."
At the next Green Book Club meeting, we will be talking to the biologist and writer Colin Tudge about the ideas in his new book to be published later this year, The Great Rethink: A 21st Century Renaissance.
Colin and his wife Ruth West cofounded the Oxford Real Farming Conference ten years ago as a forum for what Colin calls “Enlightened Agriculture” - “designed expressly to provide everyone everywhere with food of the highest quality without cruelty or injustice and without wrecking the rest of the world”. This is based on the principles of agroecology, food sovereignty, self-reliance and fair trade – which taken together would provide more than enough food to provide the world’s population with sound nutrition and great gastronomy.
To reach this point, however, Colin argues that a political, economic, social, moral and philosophical renaissance is needed. He writes: