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climate-2On Saturday the consuming hoards of the Christmas season were forced to share central London with an altogether different crowd as 8,000 activists took to the streets to demand Government action on climate change under the banner of a Green New Deal.

Amid the calls for “No New Coal”, “No Airport Expansion” and “No to Unsustainable Agrofuels”, the calls for a Green New Deal sounded an unusually positive note. For too long global warming activists have been forced to campaign against the climate-wrecking industries that are jeopardising our common future. Now, the Green New Deal meme might just provide the iconic, populist cause which is so necessary for the success of any social movement.

And speaking of social movements, Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has said today that the problem of climate change will not be solved without some sort of mass movement, along the lines of the Make Poverty History campaign.

It’s hard to know how to react to such a comment. Read the rest of this entry »

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