Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Blue Planet Plastics Problem

David Attenborough and his excellent team covered the problem of plastics in the oceans recently. They found plastics everywhere. Now to add to the visible problem, is a invisible one - at least at sea. 

Microbeads – Oh come on!! Now we have to have microplastics, smaller than water filters take out, to make our skin look better – no matter what happens to water down the line! 

If you have any of these products - do us all a favor and just bin them.

 How come cosmetic scientists could not foresee this problem? They’re clever people! How many victims of narrow profit-driven research must there be? Us, them, marine life, the Earth?

There’s a very easy way to stop global pollution – stop participating in it! It’s causing ecocide!

Ireland beat us to the plastic bag charge in 2014 and usage dropped over 70%. The UK adopted it in 2015 and we’ve seen usage drop 85% - very impressive. And let’s remember that this is a response to the long-life of plastic bags and their effects on wildlife – a small yet important commitment by us all in Britain.

And then we get microbeads!! We don’t need microbeads in our body wash! We’ve coped for millennia without! What we need are ever cleaner products - in the Earth sense. The USA banned these in 2016 – so why do we still have them?!?

When it comes to global ocean plastic, it’s a global issue which needs a global solution. We need international efforts to clean up the plastic gyres in the Pacific.

I remember technology to turn plastics back into to oil from years ago. So which is more expensive? A concerted effort to clean up the damage we've done, or a dead planet?

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Are we such a warrior country that we hate peacemakers?

Martin Deane, Green Party candidate for Hull North, and Secretary for Hull Stop the War for a decade, which campaigned strongly against the Iraq war and subsequent wars, writes -
On Friday, Jeremy Corbyn gave an exceptional speech on how to approach the complex issue of keeping us safe in an increasingly dangerous world.
He never once resorted to cliche, to soundbite or to name-calling; nor did he once play party politics or even MENTION Mrs May or the Tories.
He spelled out what would be the starting point for any attempt to find peace in Syria, namely the gathering of representatives of all non-ISIS forces in Geneva to work towards an agreement on how they can defeat them once and for all. As anyone who studies the situation on the ground will tell you, the war is EXTREMELY complex and your enemy's enemy is not necessarily your friend, so this seems to me to be the wisest and most mature way forward from the current impasse.
Cue media and politicians lambasting him as "unfit for leadership".
Now if using diplomacy to work out the most mature and effective solution to a complex international problem makes you unfit to lead then surely it is the opposite that makes you a good leader? - Refusing to talk, more bombing, more refugees, more terrorists and more slaughter for us all.
Britain needs to decide if it wants to choose the way of war or the way of peace. We know the way of war well. We've helped destroy a number of countries, killing millions of men, women and children in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Libya, and in Syria, just to name some.
That US-UK coalition has produced chaos in those countries – as many commentators especially the UK peace movement and its million people on the streets, warned.
The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake and expecting a different outcome. Are we really so addicted to war that that has to be the only response to given intractable violent situations?
Are we really necessarily a warrior country and nothing more?
I hope we choose the peacemakers.

Martin Deane
Parliamentary candidate for Hull North, Green Party
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07935 036211

Friday, 21 April 2017

New vote covering up for Tory election criminals

Despite stating again and again there would be no snap election – here we are! Theresa May has called an election for June 8th.

In reality this is a tribute to electoral law and the importance of accurate accounts! 30 individual TORY MPs, Election Agents and others, are being investigated by 12 police forces, regarding the 2015 election. Well done Channel 4 on this.

Anything will be blamed except this: Brexit, rowdy backbenchers, May needing a greater majority. 

But the simple fact is, a dozen MPs falling foul of electoral law, meaning a by-election in each MARGINAL seat, would be a humiliating (and fitting) end to May's abominable government.

Locally, we're reminded of Safe Labour Seats, of which there are 3 in Hull. This means Labour gets in in Hull.

IT ALSO MEANS that people can vote Green in Hull as much as possible, thus forcing Hull Labour to respect Green priorities and also, importantly, build the vote for next year to finally succeed in making a breakthrough with a first Green councillor.

Let June be the end of May.

Martin Deane
Hull and East Riding Green Party