We would like to invite you to our meeting in the House of Commons on September 9th at 6.0pm where we will have three MPs joining us to discuss whether British Politics Is In Terminal Decline.
You can find out more and register here …
Peter Hain MP has agreed to host a meeting and he was recently responsible for a Report about how MPs disengage themselves from citizens and how Labour and Lib Dems recruit many of their MPs in house through party professionals so as just to re-invent themselves. 
Caroline Dinenage MP will also be a speaker and Caroline was selected in a United States-style open primary pre-election, inviting all constituents, of whatever political affiliation, to complete a postal ballot to select a candidate. Caroline  won the Gosport primary.
Also speaking will be John Mann MP who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bassetlaw since 2001. John believes in reform of our parliamentary and Party system and ran a primary in his Bassetlaw constituency in 2010 when he asked local Labour voters who they wanted to lead the party. 
So all three MPs have been concerned with reform but is it enough to recreate trust or do we need to go further. A Guardian/ICM poll has revealed 56% of people think the biggest problem with Westminster is politicians breaking promises, while 44% are fed up with careerist MPs who “look and sound the same”. 
This should be an interesting discussion with three MPs and we would love you to join us.
Best Wishes,
Francis - GlobalNet21

We would like to invite you to our meeting in the House of Commons on September 9th at 6.0pm where we will have three MPs joining us to discuss whether British Politics Is In Terminal Decline.

You can find out more and register here …

Peter Hain MP has agreed to host a meeting and he was recently responsible for a Report about how MPs disengage themselves from citizens and how Labour and Lib Dems recruit many of their MPs in house through party professionals so as just to re-invent themselves.

Caroline Dinenage MP will also be a speaker and Caroline was selected in a United States-style open primary pre-election, inviting all constituents, of whatever political affiliation, to complete a postal ballot to select a candidate. Caroline  won the Gosport primary.

Also speaking will be John Mann MP who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bassetlaw since 2001. John believes in reform of our parliamentary and Party system and ran a primary in his Bassetlaw constituency in 2010 when he asked local Labour voters who they wanted to lead the party.

So all three MPs have been concerned with reform but is it enough to recreate trust or do we need to go further. A Guardian/ICM poll has revealed 56% of people think the biggest problem with Westminster is politicians breaking promises, while 44% are fed up with careerist MPs who “look and sound the same”.

This should be an interesting discussion with three MPs and we would love you to join us.

Best Wishes,

Francis - GlobalNet21

Funding available to increase volunteering opps!

Team London is delighted to announce this year’s small grants winners, who will each receive £10,000 from Team London to increase volunteering opportunities across London.

Recipients are: FoodCycle, Green Corridor, TimeBank, The Maypole Project, The Hebe Foundation, Selfless, Sutton Community Farm, Wide Horizons, Project Dirt and Spacehive.

http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/press/view/post/238

Keep an eye out for the next round and get involved

-Shan

Our only hope lies in ordinary people looking at the way the world is going & deciding to do something about it

Naomi Klein from This Changes Everything, Her New Book About Climate Change

http://www.vogue.com/1009011/naomi-klein-this-changes-everything-climate-change/

Climate Reality Project

Every movement has its moment. This is ours.

On September 16-17, I’ll be sharing 24 reasons why I’m hopeful that we can solve the climate crisis. I’m bringing together some of the most influential voices in the climate movement to showcase the exciting progress happening all around the world in a live global broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope.

This day-long event will highlight the growing momentum for solutions to global warming, and kick off 12 months of concerted climate action worldwide. I want you to be a part of it.

The reality is this: our climate is changing, and it’s changing fast. But all around us, there is hope. Across the planet, millions are demanding an end to carbon pollution — and our leaders are finally listening. The shift to a low-carbon economy is on and is accelerating by the day.

This isn’t some faraway future. The moment is here. Check out this short video, then mark your calendar for 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope on September 16-17.

Check it out!

It’s up to all of us to rally around the good news, to embrace the solutions, and help make sure that clean energy is our future. Let’s make progress our new reality.

Thanks for your commitment to climate action,

Al Gore

I still find this one of the most terrifying facts of reality today.
Erm, yum?!
-Shana

I still find this one of the most terrifying facts of reality today.

Erm, yum?!

-Shana

water:

For this post, let’s pretend ‘like’ means ‘I acknowledge this and will consider sharing the message with others in my life.’ (Thanks for following along, and thanks for being a voice for those who don’t have one.) #waterislife

water:

For this post, let’s pretend ‘like’ means ‘I acknowledge this and will consider sharing the message with others in my life.’ (Thanks for following along, and thanks for being a voice for those who don’t have one.) #waterislife

Thursday: Taking London to the next level‏ - People’s Climate March and Avaaz members

Dear friends in London

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Help make the London Climate March HUGE! Join Avaaz members from London for a meet up on Thursday, August 21st and hear the latest plans, share your ideas and get involved in our exciting volunteering programme! Click below to RSVP: 

RSVP NOW

It’s August — which means we’ve got just 33 days to pull off the largest mobilisation for our climate in history, right here in London. 
Come out on Thursday for an Avaaz strategy session and soirée, where we’ll plot out how we’ll make it happen! It’ll be a chance to get the inside scoop on the march and plan to make it absolutely huge. We’ll have snacks, drinks, and opportunities to get involved in climate action this summer! 

Join us next Thursday, August 21st at 7:00PM at the Institute of Education in Central London. Click here to RSVP: 
http://www.avaaz.org/en/london_climate_march_launch_/?bhyZlab&v=43941

We need people in every corner of London to make sure the London Climate March is the talk of the town as it approaches!  So grab your friends, bring them along and let’s set up the volunteer network across London we need to make this huge!
Click here to RSVP for next Thursday, August 21st at 7:00pm:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/london_climate_march_launch_/?bhyZlab&v=43941

We’ve already begun an extraordinary drive for a common-sense climate agreement by committing to take part in the largest climate mobilisation in history.

Hundreds of thousands of Avaazers around the world have already pledged to join us in the streets on September 21 wherever they live. They’ll be hosting thousands of events with millions of people — and all their eyes will be on us. Let’s anchor this massive day of global action with the largest single mobilisation on climate in history! 

With hope,  Bert, Fatima, Meredith, Andrea and the London-based Avaaz team 

I’m excited to see Avaaz heading up this co-ordinated call to action and pleased to say the meeting will be held at the IOESU!

We just need more students and YOU to get involved with the planning, spread news of the march to your networks and offer to leaflet and put a few posters up in your local area ie your local supermarket, library etc - let’s make sure everyone knows about this global day of action.

-Shana

Varshini is a student at UMass working to leverage their student power by pushing the University to divest from fossil fuels for climate justice. She’s joining other local organizers from the #Boston area this Friday to talk about how their campaigns connect to the larger movement for justice.

Varshini is a student at UMass working to leverage their student power by pushing the University to divest from fossil fuels for climate justice. She’s joining other local organizers from the #Boston area this Friday to talk about how their campaigns connect to the larger movement for justice.

Welcome to my blog as I optimistically share news, current debates, events and more on the topic of sustainable living with students and staff at the Institute of Education, London. Drawing on global debates and news and London based events, the blog will also communicate the IOESU and IOE initiatives I co-ordinate across the year. These initiatives can be undertaken by schools, universities, academics and organisations. Just add enthusiasm and creativity. These initiatives will seek to link in with Camden Council’s Green Team and the local community where possible to enable and encourage community engagement. Suggestions, collaborations and volunteers are most welcome. IOE staff and students are invited to get in touch and become a part of the IOE sustainability team. Contact Shana Tufail s.tufail@ioe.ac.uk My aim is to challenge the way we consume, encourage a sharing economy and push forth a new paradigm shift towards a more sustainable way of living. The views expressed are my own to encourage debate and engagement. Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge

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