Politics, they say, is the art of the possible. But the possible is not fixed. What we believe is possible depends on our knowledge and beliefs about the world. Ideas can change the world, and Green House is about challenging the ideas that have created the world we live in now, and offering positive alternatives.
The problems we face are systemic, and so the changes we need to make are complex and interconnected. Many of the critical analyses and policy prescriptions that will be part of the new paradigm are already out there. Our aim is to communicate them more clearly, and more widely.
The science is clear: the world is heading for irreversible climate change. It is also evident that the current system of intergovernmental negotiations is failing to deliver the drastic reductions in global emissions of CO2 from fossil fuels needed to avoid this outcome. In a new Green House Gas, John Jopling of the Irish think-tank Feasta argues that the situation calls for non-governmental actors to set up the necessary system of global regulation that governments seemingly cannot deliver. He describes how and why this system would work, including how it would generate funds to contribute to greater international equity, thus making it attractive not only for governments and business interests but for the international social justice movement too. You can download the Gas, and find out more about the CapGlobalCarbon initiative - including how to get involved - on our gases page.
The clamour for constitutional reform in the wake of the Scottish devolution referendum grows ever stronger, and as the first part of its own contribution Green House has submitted written evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee outlining how constitutional reform could support a transition to a more just and more sustainable Britain. You can download it here: Green House evidence on devolution (pdf, 272 K)
On the symbolically appropriate date of 5 November, Green House held a discussion event in the House of Lords to launch our new book - 'The Post-Growth Project: How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society' .
Our panel consisted of (L to R) Baroness Jeny Jones, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Rupert Read, Zoe Williams (the Guardian) and Aurélie Maréchal (Green European Foundation).
After very lively discussion, we were bemused to find that we had to be escorted from the building by the police, as they had 'kettled' the Occupy Democracy protestors in Parliament Square. This prompted some of us to wonder who were the real revolutionaries: was it the demonstrators wearing the Guy Fawkes masks outside the 'mother of all parliaments' and apparently frightening the security personnel, or was it the group earnestly debating the end of growth inside? We planted our metaphorical bomb (illustrated below) and left quietly with our police escort. You can order your own copy here.
More on the book: Molly Scott Cato has written an article on the book and the project for the Green European Journal: see here.
You can also order this book, and order or download all of our Reports, Responses and Gases, from the Publications pages of this website, or find out who is involved on the Green House People page. Please also see who is supporting us on the page about our Advisory Group or check out our influences at Find Out More.
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On 20 March Green House, in partnership with the Belgian think tank Oikos and the Green European Foundation, will stage a panel debate and public discussion on 'Green Alternatives to Austerity in Europe' at Europe House in London. Speakers from a number of European organisations will talk about the differing challenges being mounted in their countries and regions to the socially and politically discredited neo-liberal economic medicine still being administered to an increasingly unwilling European population. Watch this space for more details and registration information.