Green vision for North East England

The North East England region of the Green Party, through its regional council, produced the manifesto below for 2014 European Parliament Elections. We hope to broaden and enrich it for future use.  Exchanges would be welcome with anyone engaged on similar work.

NE Green Party 2014 Euro Manifesto

 

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Green Vision for Newcastle

Newcastle Green Party is working on a long-term project, a detailed sustainable city plan for Newcastle upon Tyne in NE England. Exchanges would be welcome with anyone engaged on similar work. So far, there is a Powerpoint presentation summarising some of our ideas:

Newcastle – Green Vision

Green wine?

I like the taste of this:

https://www.theguardian.com/…/de-bortoli-aims-first-zero-wa…

Still, if the wine is being transported half way across the world to a region where wine grow perfectly well, that counteracts the gains.

It has become fashionalbe in some quarters to sneer at organic cultuvation. We did a long hike down the mid-Loire. There were dramatic differences in flora and fauna in areas of conventional viniculture compared to ones following organic or biodynamic principles. We tasted some of the latter’s produce. To be honest, we could not tell any great difference from ‘ordinary’ ones but that is only one element in the sustainability jigsaw. That said, the best wine I’ve ever tasted was indeed organic, a local wine in a restaurant in Biot in souhtern Provence, not far from Nice. Sometimes it is all gain!

Solar energy, no sodium and organic fertiliser: how one of Australia’s biggest wineries is reducing waste while saving money and energy
THEGUARDIAN.COM

Backing urban wildlife in Bristol

This was featured on BBC 2’s ‘Springwatch’ (broadcast June 16, 2016) and very welcome it was too:

Together we can create a nature-rich city that puts wildlife right on our doorsteps, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife every day. My Wild City’s vision is for anyone living and working in the Greater Bristol area to help…
AVONWILDLIFETRUST.ORG.UK

Urban farming in Chicago

This looks promising especially if disused and decrepit buildings are being rescued and reused. My main worry is food quality and total resource consumption. In tes of the first concern, our local Sainbury’s sells produce from ‘Thanet Earth’. That facility claims to be environmentally friendly (http://www.thanetearth.com) yet the tomatoes in particular from it are very watery in texture and lack taste. ‘Sustainable’ mass production is still mass production with al its downsides.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/…/why-chicago-is-becoming-the-co…

With a cornucopia of new ag startups, from rooftop greenhouses to high-tech vertical farms, the city’s growing agriculture movement is looking to…
FASTCOEXIST.COM

Reviving the ‘inner city’ – Chicago

Here is an interesting story from Chicago with some pointers for inner city roads to sustainability:

CHICAGO — Little says “high tech” about Bronzeville, one of this city’s South Side neighborhoods where vacant lots and boarded-up buildings beg for attention even…
EENEWS.NET

ReGen neighbourhood, Netherlands

There is a tidal wave of new build proposed across Tyneside and elsewhere in Britain. Most is new housing, though there are some infrastructural megaprojects such as HS2 in the pipeline too.

Newcastle Council is, for example, is proposing a veritable new town on its western side, saying it will be a “green” community. Such fraudulence must be challenged and one way to do it is to point to developments that are genuinely greener.

A well-known one is Vauban on the edge of Freiburg in SW Germany, built on the site of an old army barracks (http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/…/words-most-suc…).

Here is another that puts to shame deadheads such as Newcastle council and its allies amongst the ‘volume builders’, architects of utter mediocrity:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/…/this-new-neighborhood-will-g…/2

ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn’t need a grid or food systems. It’s a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.
FASTCOEXIST.COM