Green House Publications
The Progressive Alliance - Revisited
The idea of a Progressive Alliance - with 'progressive' candidates standing down in elections to help 'progressives' from other parties to get elected - was influential in the general election but controversial, perhaps especially so in the Green Party. At times it seemed as though Greens were the only party in the alliance! Greens stood down in many constituencies and may have played a crucial role in preventing the Conservatives from winning an overall majority. But the Green Party arguably gained very little for itself, making sacrifices which Labour candidates benefited from. This pamphlet explores the issues from a range of perspectives, looking at the arguments for and against a Progressive Alliance and the questions it raises for the Green Party. It includes contributions from Rupert Read, Victor Anderson, Neal Lawson, Jonathan Essex, and Sara Parkin.
Sinister Interest - Reforming the Media by John Blewitt
Britain’s mainstream media is no longer fit for purpose. Its coverage of the EU and Scottish referendums, the General Election, and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the unethical practices revealed by the Leveson Inquiry and its woefully inadequate coverage of climate change and other escalating ecological threats, have made the need for fundamental reform both more obvious and more urgent. The structure and concentration of media ownership, and the interference of shady anti-democratic organisations in the public sphere, are endangering one of the essential institutions that a liberal democracy requires to function effectively. Green House’s Sinister Interest - Reforming the Media is a significant contribution to the current debate about what needs to be done if democracy is to flourish in a world of ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truth’. Only the enemies of democracy and of open public debate and discussion benefit from an unreformed media and the widespread assumption it engenders - that everybody lies.
Post-growth localisation by Rupert Read and Helena Norberg-Hodge
Localisation is a process. We need to start moving away from dependence on the global system to source resources closer to points of use. Truly localised systems are no guarantee of social or environmental protection but they are inevitably more benign, more convivial. They also allow us to see more clearly the impact of our decisions and actions on the real world. This short 20-page pamphlet outlines the fundamental features of economic globalisation and localisation, how a shift towards the local might be accomplished, and what it asks of us in terms of action.
Produced in conjunction with Local Futures.
Greening the EU by Alex Warleigh-Lack
Is the EU just for capitalists? Can it really help in the transition to a sustainable way of life? In this provocative report, published on the eve of the European Parliament elections that will shape the future of all the EU institutions,
Alex Warleigh-Lack argues ‘no’ to the first, and ‘yes’ to the second. After surveying the EU’s current green credentials and finding them in many ways wanting, Alex sets out a ‘greenprint’ for the EU based on ecological principles. The Report concludes by suggesting five priorities for Green politicians at EU-level after the 2014 elections.
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The Real Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
What are the real basic causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem decline? This question is asked and answered surprisingly rarely, and when it is, the most frequently proposed answers just scratch the surface of what is at stake.
Victor Anderson's pamphlet: TREEB: the real economics of ecosystems & biodiversity gets to the economic and other issues at the root of what is happening to our planet.
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The Post-Growth Project: How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society, collects together the reports that have emerged from the Post-Growth Project so that they can be seen in relation to each other where they add up to a rounded and cohesive argument for a radical political reorientation. This book can be ordered (postage free) from our Homepage or our books page.
This marks the launch of Green House as a book publisher. We believe there is an urgent need in the UK for a radical green publishing house with clout and credibility. If you are searching for such a publisher, get in touch.
Green House has submitted evidence to four recent and ongoing UK public policy inquiries: to the inquiry being conducted by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee into the role of the Treasury in relation to sustainable development and environmental protection; to the Kerslake Review into the current role, responsibilities and operating mandate of the Treasury, commissioned by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell; to the inquiry on Intergenerational Fairness by the parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee; and to the open consultation on the government’s National Infrastructure Commission.
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And for those with a desire to know more about Green House itself, our Annual Report for 2014-15 can be downloaded (pdf, 453 K)here.