Saturday, 5 December 2009

Climate change - how co-ops can help

As the negotiating teams arrive in Copenhagen, thought it appropriate to link into an article I've just contributed to the excellent Politics For People, the Co-op Party's "unofficial" blog, about co-operative solutions to climate change. Check it out here.


  1. Just back from the Wave. Great to see lots of co-op banners.

    Certainly, the work of the Nobel Prize winning economist Elinor Ostrom suggests that the management of natural resources are best managed through cooperative structures.

    The Co-op Party's "collective power" policy proposal has some potential, I feel. The opportunity for councils, public bodies, local businesses, and households to save money and invest in renewables... it's promising.

  2. Indeed it is. The real issue, as with much at the moment, I'm afraid, is who wins the next election. If it's Labour, this could easily become part of the solution, especially with the number of Co-op MPs now in senior positions. If it's the Tories, we can forget it for at least the next 4 years, although there could be some modest take-up at the local government level.

    Shame to have missed the Wave (although I'm not sure my daughter would have agreed with my being there instead of with her and her mum in the Pyrenees).

  3. The Wave. God. Don't get me started on the bloke with the annoying chants. I wasn't having any of that blue face-paint either.

    Great to see lots of co-op banners... good with protest!


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