Green Party Health Spokesperson Larry Sanders speaking on how we get out of the coronavirus crisis and how this relates to Oxford.
The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest health emergency since the Spanish Flu. It's put more strain on our NHS than ever before - and the incredible work of our doctors, nurses and NHS staff have been vital in protecting the public.
But decades of privatisation and cuts has meant the NHS is fighting the crisis with one hand tied behind its back. Crucial funding is leaking out of the system into the pockets of private companies. Proper PPE hasn't been getting to frontline workers. And the government has used this crisis to funnel more and more contracts to their friends in the private sector.
If we're going to get out of this crisis, get out of lockdown safely, and hug our loved ones again, we need a new approach.
Join East Oxford campaigners and councillors Dick Wolff, Rosie Rawle and Chris Jarvis for a talk from Green Party Health Spokesperson Larry Sanders on August 14.
Larry - the brother of former US Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders - will be speaking on how we get out of the crisis and how this should be done in Oxford.
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:
“Right now we seem to be staring Armageddon in the face yet we could be and should be planning at least in outline for the next million years – with justified optimism.
But to achieve this we need to rethink everything we think and do and take for granted from first principles – and to rethink everything in the light of everything else. This amounts to nothing less than a Renaissance – more deep-rooted and far-reaching than the European Renaissance of the 14th–17th centuries that brought the Middle Ages to a close.
Furthermore, since the ruling powers are not on the case, we, all of us, people-at-large, Ordinary Joes and Jos, need to make the Renaissance happen.”