Launch event: Aston University, Birmingham, 16 February
'Green Politics and the Left'
Jeremy Corbyn has changed the political landscape prompting Green House think tank to publish an e-pamphlet exploring the relationship between green politics and the left: Green Politics and the Left. The publication was launched at the event Progressive Politics in Britain, held at the Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston University in Birmingham, on Tuesday 16 February 2016.
9 January 2016, Friends Meeting House, Lancaster:
Facing up to Climate Change: Optimism, Pessimism and Realism after Paris
This public debate was linked to the recent Green House Gas Paris: Optimism, Pessimism and Realism by Brian Heatley. A packed house of over 70 people joined in a thoughtful, even sombre debate following a presentation by Brian Heatley and responses from John Foster of Lancaster University (author of 'After Sustainability') and Stuart Parkinson of Scientists for Global Responsibility (you can download their responses by clicking on their names).
27 November 2015, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex:
'Development without Growth?'
At this IDS lunchtime seminar, Jonathan Essex, Tom Lines and Ray Cunningham outlined Green House's 'Post-Growth Project', which argues that further economic growth in the UK in the medium term is neither feasible nor necessary nor desirable, and asked what this might mean for the UK's place in the world and for the currently dominant model of development.
5 November 2015, Central London:
How do we shift from an extractive to a circular economy?
This event, funded by the Green European Foundation, brought together analysts and activists for an interactive discussion not only on some of the key debates within the green movement - divestment and renewables, resource use and recycling, inclusivity and social and political cohesion – but also some of the hitherto isolated ideas and examples emerging in different European countries and regions. Speakers included Prof. Molly Scott Cato, MEP;Rebecca Newsom, Fossil Free SOAS; Roderick Kefferpütz, European Parliament; Dirk Holemans, Oikos Foundation; Jane Stephenson, Resource Futures.
Friday 24th of July, 2015,talk by Rupert Read, with South Somerset Green Party in Yeovil on the ‘Post Growth Project’ – Green House’s book that demonstrates that an “alternative to the false objectives of growth and austerity is necessary, possible and desirable.”
18-21 June 2015, Seminars and public debate, Rosebery House, London
Green House's John Blewitt with Natalie Bennett and young journalists
Green House partnered the Green European Journal in hosting a four day participatory event, held in London between 18-21 June, for young journalists from across Europe. The event consisted of talks from established journalists, activists and political figures including UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, skills workshops, panel discussions and debates. John Blewitt represented Green House delivering a practical session on image based communication and chairing the public debate, Alternative media - a force for openness and inclusion, with Tom Jeffrey from www.newshub.com, Egyptian journalist Abeer Saady, Adam Ramsey from www.opendemocracy.net and Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party.
20 March 2015, Panel debate and public discussion, Europe House, London
On 20 March Green House, together with the Green European Foundation and the Belgian think tank Oikos, held a panel debate and public discussion on 'Green growth or de-growth?Alternatives to Austerity in Europe' at Europe House in London, hosted by Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP. Speakers included experts from southern, eastern and western Europe talking about the differing challenges being mounted in their countries and regions to austerity policy and how the Green alternative to austerity fits into this broader political picture.
University of Sussex, 19 March, talk with Green House's Jonathan Essex and Ray Cunningham on 'Britain in a post-growth world' at the University of Sussex as part of the University’s ‘One World Week’.
February 11, 2015, Panel debate and public discussion, Birmingham
Post Growth Project: the Regional Dimension took place at Aston University on 11 Feb 2015. Speakers included Andy Dobson and Jonathan Essex from Green House and Karen Leach from Localise West Midlands. Seventy people attended and a lively and interesting discussion on the regional implications of a post growth world followed the three short presentations. Audience members were particularly interested in exploring how post growth would be realised in terms of practical economic and social actions The event was chaired by John Blewitt.
January 20, 2015 Panel debate and public discussion, Brighton
After the Scottish referendum, with massive pressure building for real decentralisation within the rest of the UK given the further powers that are going to Scotland, the future of local government in the rest of Britain may be starting to look rosier - for the first time in a generation. The think tank Green House believes that this opportunity needs to be seized. Green House Chair Rupert Read outlined at this meeting what the possibilities are for constitutional change including a revivification of local government. Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton Council, responded with his thoughts about what a restoration and expansion of local government finance would mean to the city. The meeting was chaired by Greenspeak’s Alison Plaumer.
November 5, 2014 Book launch and debate, House of Lords, London
Green House launched its first book - 'The Post-Growth Project: How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society' - with a presentation and discussion at the House of Lords, hosted by the Green Party's Baroness Jenny Jones. The panel of speakers included the Guardian's Zoe Williams, Aurélie Maréchal from the Green European Foundation and Green House's own Molly Scott Cato MEP. Speakers and audience were escorted from the building by police (see Homepage for more details).
April 30 2014 Report launch and debate, House of Commons, London
Green House was in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday April 30 to launch the latest report from the Post-Growth Project. This was part of Labour MP John McDonnell's initiative to open up Parliament through a series of talks under the title 'People's Parliament'. Green House's Andrew Dobson kicked off with a presentation of his paper on 'The Politics of Post-Growth', arguing that the era of economic growth we live in now is one of exception rather than normality, and that it will inevitably come to an end. He went on to identify the preconditions for benign rather than catastrophic degrowth as:equality, democracy, a vigorous public sphere, feminism and a culture and politics of sufficiency. The event was chaired by Michael Meacher MP, and the respondents were Caroline Lucas MP and Molly Scott Cato, Green House member (and now Green Party MEP for South West England). The presentation prompted a very lively debate, which you can join in if you download the report here.April 30 2014 Report launch and debate, House of Commons, London.
Friday 14 February 2014 Report launch and debate, Europe House, London Greening the EU - is it possible?
Jean Lambert MEP hosted the launch of the Green House Report "Greening the EU" by Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack. The event was jointly organised by Green House and the Green European Foundation, and there was a showing of GEF's "Creating a People's Europe" video. You can see a video of the event here.
Thursday November 14, 2013 Library of Birmingham Public Services: Smaller but better
Green House presented its far reaching ideas on public policy as expressed in the report Smaller But Better? Post Growth Public Services. Greenhouse presenters included Andrew Pearmain, Brian Heatley (report authors) and Professor Andrew Dobson.
10 January 2012 House of Commons, London Guardians of the Future
We launched this report at a packed meeting at the House of Commons . The report argues that we need a specialist jury of Guardians to protect the interests of future generations, who are disenfranchised within our existing political system. Comments on the proposal were offered by three senior parliamentarians: coalition government minister Norman Baker MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Jon Cruddas MP, who welcomed the 'interesting intervention' that the report represented as a contrast to the shrinkage in the ambition of political thought and the paucity of big ideas. He called for 'hundreds of these sorts of ideas' and Green House members are keen to oblige. The policy community were also well represented, and questions came from representatives of the Intergenerational Foundation, the Transition Network, UNICEF, and the World Association of Girl Guides, among many others. We also received a message of support from the Hungarian ombudsman for Future Generations, Mr. Sándor Fülöp. The report, by Rupert Read, can be downloaded here Click here to download (pdf, 830 K) A video of the whole event is available on YouTube: "Guardians of the Future"