Renowned Green Economist Molly Scott Cato will be visiting Swansea on Tuesday next (1 November) to explain ‘How Green Economics could transform Wales’.
Dr Scott Cato will be speaking at a public meeting in The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 1RY at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 1 November. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.
Molly Scott Cato is a green economist and expert in the social economy. She specialises in the issues of trade, work, money and cooperatives. She is a Reader in Green Economics at the Cardiff School of Management and Director of Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives.
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The Green Party has responded to the worst unemployment figures for 17 years by calling for more investment in renewable energy and energy conservation.
Today’s unemployment figures have been greeted with a sense of shock and deep concern across Wales and the UK.
Wales currently has an unemployment rate substantially higher than the UK. Nine percent of people in Wales are recorded as being out of work and 16,000 have lost their jobs in the last three months, bringing the total in Wales up to 131,000.
Keith M Ross of Swansea Green Party said, “We need immediate and decisive action to address this worrying trend in Wales. The Welsh Government’s announcement of £75 million for the ‘Jobs Growth Wales’ scheme will help to create around 4,000 jobs for young people, but more is needed. “ Continue reading »
A Public Meeting with Molly Scott Cato, Reader in Green Economics at the Cardiff School of Managment, and author of ‘Green Ecomics’ (Earthscan, 2008). (More details of Molly’s work at: http://www.gaianeconomics.org/molly.htm)
Tuesday 1st November at 7:30pm in The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 1RY.
Entry is Free – All welcome
Organised by Swansea Green Party
While it’s clear that Quantitative Easing (QE) is one of the only options left to get our ailing economy off its knees, the Bank of England’s decision to usher in £75bn worth of unregulated QE is problematic.
Unless we impose constraints on private banks to ensure the money reaches the real economy, we’re effectively throwing money into a banking black hole – a recipe for systemic economic failure and further social inequality.
What we need is properly regulated quantitative easing directed towards actually creating jobs, increasing lending to small businesses and facilitating the move towards a green economy.
A job creation strategy like the Green New Deal, for example, would ultimately pay for itself by generating incomes and boosting emerging green industries.
As the average annual energy bill reaches a shocking new high of around £1,000 per household, surely now is the time to consider a green quantitative easing programme to help fund energy efficiency solutions such as home insulation to help keep people’s bills down, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process.
The Green Party has voiced its opposition to Sainsbury’s new fuel promotion, which aims to attract customers by offering 10p off a litre of petrol for people spending at least £60 in their stores.
The Greens argue that this deal will take business away from small local shops, which could have negative consequences for the local economy. Small shops drive competition and innovation, as well as significantly contributing to local employment (1). The petrol deal will also encourage shoppers to drive further to find a large Sainsbury store, maintaining a dependency on fuel and harming the environment.
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‘Tarnished Earth’ exhibition at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea – starts this weekend – including free showings of the films ‘Dirty Oil’ and ‘Gasland’ (a must see for anyone concerned about shale gas extraction and “fracking”).
Green Party members and others from across Wales took part in today’s protest against the plan to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
And we got a good report from the BBC for once: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-15146781 with accurate numbers.