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Edit 1 The latest IEA report spells the end of one excuse for climate inaction

Edit 2 Breaking Things at Work: An Interview with Gavin Mueller

Edit 3 Ben Houchen is able to claim green credentials because the left offered no alternative

Edit 4 No – the Greens haven’t formed a coalition with the Tories in Lancaster

Edit 5 Climate campaigners demand Lloyd’s stop insuring coal mines

Edit 6 Our door is still open to Labour – Greens want to cooperate on the London Assembly

Edit 7 The G7 summit in Cornwall is set to re-awaken Extinction Rebellion

Edit 8 A green, more equal, fairer, and independent Scotland

Edit 9 8 MSPs and the Scottish Greens best ever result

Edit 10 Trans allies win the day in Scottish Parliament vote

Edit 11 Exclusive: Over 1,000 people have joined the Green Party since election day

Edit 12 Bright Green 2021 elections live blog

Edit 13 ITUC uses May Day statement to call for “new social contract” and job creation

Edit 14 What are the Greens’ prospects in the 44 London council by-elections?

Edit 15 5 key moments in worker-led environmentalism

Edit 16 The divestment movement must move beyond looking solely at fossil fuels

Edit 17 Oxford University’s fossil fuel ties legitimise racism

Edit 18 Can we stop 20 years of urbanisation from unravelling?

Edit 19 A better future for transport after the pandemic?

Edit 20 Opposing HS2 isn’t the best use of the left’s political energy

Edit 21 Alex Salmond’s Alba Party is a sideshow built in toxic masculinity

Edit 22 Garment workers’ rights in Sri Lanka under threat during COVID pandemic

Edit 23 What happened in Israel’s legislative elections?

Edit 24 Matt Hancock’s proposals for our NHS are bad news

Edit 25 #BrightGreenDebates episode 3 highlights

Edit 26 Strike actions planned at Heathrow Airport

Edit 27 If the left is serious about tackling climate change, we need to back HS2

Sections of the UK’s terminally incoherent environmental movement have chosen High Speed 2 (HS2) as their latest object of opposition. The planned high-speed rail system was first proposed in 2009 […]

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Edit 28 Sian Berry proposes £10k a year payment for 1,000 young Londoners to enter arts

Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Sian Berry has pledged to pilot a new financial support scheme for young Londoners if elected Mayor of London in May. The scheme […]

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Edit 29 Number of UK universities committed to divest from fossil fuels reaches 86

The total number of UK universities to publicly commit to not investing in fossil fuels has reached 86. The university of Brighton has joined the majority of universities in the […]

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Edit 30 The Green Party must work side by side with trade unions

Trade unions, Green Party. Green Party, Trade unions. Four words I have batted around between Green and union activists alike. I have often observed an uncomfortable relationship between the two […]

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Edit 31 Austerity is a “grotesque political act” – Wales Green Party leader

Wales Green Party leader Anthony Slaughter used his speech to the Green Party of England and Wales conference to attack the Tories’ programme of austerity since 2010. Speaking to attendees, […]

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Edit 32 “There is an alternative” – Young Greens co-chairs speech to Green Party conference

On Friday 5 March 2021, the Young Greens co-chairs Rosie Rawle and Lily Fitzgibbon gave a keynote speech to the Green Party of England and Wales conference, held virtually due […]

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Edit 33 Degrowth: Resource Guide

Given the worsening climate emergency, many environmentalists on the left are talking about degrowth – a model of economic thinking which rejects the continued pursuit of infinite economic growth. For […]

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Edit 34 Green Party conference votes to centre workers and unions in climate policy

Green Party of England and Wales members today voted for a motion which seeks to centre workers and trade unions in the party’s climate policies. The motion also sought to […]

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Edit 35 Green Party backs demand for 15% NHS staff pay rise

The Green Party of England and Wales has today backed calls for a 15 per cent pay rise for all NHS health and care staff. This follows an emergency motion […]

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Edit 36 #BrightGreenDebates episodes 1 and 2 highlights

In February, Bright Green launched a brand new series of events – the Bright Green Debates. Once a fortnight, Bright Green is bringing together leading figures on the left to discuss and debates the […]

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Edit 37 What I learnt from the Young Greens lecture series on overthrowing capitalism

With such a compelling title as ‘Why capitalism is broken and how we overthrow it”, I couldn’t resist watching all four lectures in this insightful political education series presented by […]

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Edit 38 Green Party backs self-identification for gender recognition certificates

Members of the Green Party of England and Wales today voted for a motion which supports the principle of self-identification for people seeking to obtain gender recognition certificates. The motion […]

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Edit 39 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from all fossil fuels

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has committed to exclude all companies involved in fossil fuel extraction form its investment portfolio. In doing so LSHTM becomes the […]

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Edit 40 Rishi Sunak’s budget was yet another betrayal of students

Last week the Chancellor unveiled his spring budget and there was much left to be desired by Rishi Sunak. But most notable was how he continued to ignore millions of […]

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Edit 41 Climate conspiracy theorists in transport – and in government?

A third of Britain’s carbon emissions come from transport. Decarbonisation of transport is now the biggest environmental challenge we face – and progress has been glacially slow, so far. While […]

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Edit 42 Yoga teachers are fighting back against exploitation

The Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) launched a branch representing yoga teachers last week, taking on an industry worth almost £1 billion in the UK. The IWGB is a […]

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Edit 43 Uber drivers win historic battle to be treated as workers, not self employed

Uber drivers are not “self-employed” but workers with full rights, according to the UK Supreme Court. The decision – hailed as an “emphatic victory” by the App Drivers and Couriers’ […]

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Edit 44 Zero Covid and zero emissions: The ecology of the pandemic

The stark reality of the climate crisis never fails to shake me no matter how many times it is laid out. When listening to Professor Julia Steinburger at Zero Covid’s […]

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Edit 45 The green movement should support the HS2 protestors

Three weeks after contractors discovered a network of tunnels beneath the HS2 works in Euston, the evictions of the remaining protestors have begun. HS2 and high-speed rail in general have […]

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Edit 46 How Lewes is planning to reach net zero by 2030

I’ve worked on climate change for 20 years as an officer at local authorities, managing Climate South East and currently as Climate Lead for the Sussex Wildlife Trust. During this […]

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Edit 47 David Baddiel’s new book is a missed opportunity to understand antisemitism

David Baddiel’s new book, Jews Don’t Count, captures a lot of the rage and frustration that many British Jews have been feeling in the past few years. His Twitter feed […]

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Edit 48 From South Wales to Philadelphia: sowing the seeds of revolutionary change

The future for Britain looks bleak, and opportunities for positive transformation appear blocked. My argument is that base building, by which I mean militant and practical community action, provides a […]

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Edit 49 Trinity College Cambridge commits to divest from fossil fuels

Trinity College, Cambridge has announced it intends to terminate all direct and indirect investments in the fossil fuel industry. The move comes after a four year divestment campaign from students […]

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Edit 50 Sian Berry pledges to set up People’s Land Commission as Mayor of London

Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Sian Berry has pledged to set up a ‘People’s Land Commission’ if elected as Mayor of London in May. She believes this would […]

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Edit 51 If the Tories cared about the rule of law, they’d overturn the dismantling of legal aid

The international affairs section of the Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto talks of championing the rule of law. That’s not something talked about in the domestic sections, however, unsurprisingly perhaps […]

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Edit 52 Sian Berry will refuse to collaborate with immigration enforcement if elected London Mayor

Green Party of England and Wales co-leader and candidate for London Mayor Sian Berry announced today that she will refuse to collaborate with immigration enforcement authorities if elected in May. […]

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Edit 53 The USA and climate change: Resource guide

After four years of Trump, the benchmark for action on the climate and ecological crisis was low. As a result, many have responded to Biden’s early climate announcements with a […]

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Edit 54 Failure to equalise remote learning is a failure of the Conservative Party’s making

I think I’m on mute. I’m saying what I need to say, but it isn’t getting through. The meeting is continuing as if I wasn’t there, but I know that […]

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Edit 55 Shop workers need a fighting, radical union

Anyone who has known me over the past 11 years knows my undying commitment to the Green Party of England and Wales as an electoral path to help move society […]

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Edit 56 Where should Policy Fest sit in the Green Party’s broken policy making structures?

This year’s edition of the Green Party of England and Wales’ Policy Fest felt very different to previous years and, naturally, in depth interaction was limited. At the same time, […]

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Edit 57 International unions demand release of Cambodian trade union leader

The International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) and Education International have called for the release of Cambodian trade union leader Rong Chhun, who went on trial on Friday 19 January. Rong […]

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Edit 58 Building a movement for climate justice requires recognising all our struggles are interconnected

This article is part of a series – The Decade We Must Win – examining the successes and failures of social movements and the left since the financial crash, and exploring how […]

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Edit 59 Who’s missing from the climate movement?

We all know who Greta Thunberg is, but do you know who Vanessa Nakate is? Last January, Nakate, founder of Fridays For Future Uganda, was famously cut out of a […]

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Edit 60 Greens ahead of Lib Dems in new Westminster poll

The UK’s Green Parties are continuing their strong showing in opinion polls in 2021. A new poll has found support for the Greens if a general election were held tomorrow […]

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Edit 61 We can’t build our way out of the climate emergency

For far too long public debate on the sufficiency of climate action has focused on how quickly we are rolling out wind turbines, solar panels or even nuclear power. Such […]

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Edit 62 Where next for the student movement in 2021?

2020 saw the UK student movement truly demonstrate its strength. Rent strikes erupted in student halls up and down the country in response to exploitative accommodation contracts. Climate activists have […]

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Edit 63 Greens on 7% in latest general election poll

The UK’s Green Parties are entering 2021 riding high in the polls. A new poll suggests that if a general election were held tomorrow, the Greens would receive 6.9 per […]

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Edit 64 Greens back teachers’ call to close schools and move learning online

The Green Party of England and Wales has today backed calls from teaching unions to take steps to protect the safety of staff and students by moving to online learning […]

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Edit 65 Distant targets substituting for action today: The UK’s climate performance in 2020.

2020 has seen net-zero carbon emissions targets go from being an oddity adopted by small island states, Bhutan [1] and Sweden to become a new policy norm across the globe. […]

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Edit 66 4 things you can do to help Bright Green this Christmas

In 2020, Bright Green has published over 250 articles. We ran our most extensive coverage of the Green Party of England and Wales’ internal elections ever – including hustings for the candidates […]

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Edit 67 5 challenges facing the Green Party of England and Wales in 2021

This article was first published in Left Foot Forward. With the world being preoccupied by a certain virus in 2020, the normal political cycle and culture was thrown out. Assuming […]

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Edit 68 Turkey’s new minimum wage is ‘far from meeting the expectations of workers’, union claims

Turkey’s largest trade union centre has called the country’s minimum wage increase ‘inadequate’ and said it will ‘victimize’ workers. The Minimum Wage Determination Commission, which sets the minimum wage in […]

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Edit 69 Voting against Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is vital to stop the UK becoming Singapore-upon-Thames

It might sound flippant to say the wholehearted backing given by European Research Group (ERG) Conservative MPs to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is reason enough to vote against it. But […]

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Edit 70 How the Green Party is transforming Brighton & Hove

In July, Green councillors in Brighton and Hove became the largest party on the council and the second Green administration in the city began. Despite winning the popular vote in […]

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Edit 71 Lessons from the school strikes: Where the climate justice movement goes next

This article is part of a series – The Decade We Must Win – examining the successes and failures of social movements and the left since the financial crash, and […]

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Edit 72 Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is only the first step in the Brexiteer plan for Britain

On December 30, MPs passed Boris Johnson’s Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. There was extremely limited time and space for scrutiny – of a document running to almost […]

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Edit 73 2021 will be the last chance to agree global climate governance

In 2015, the Paris agreement was negotiated committing countries to climate targets. The agreement also outlined a global architecture supporting the international response. Discussions over the carbon markets in article […]

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