Green House is a think tank founded in 2011. It aims to lead the development of green thinking in the UK.
Politics, they say, is the art of the possible. But the possible is not fixed. What we believe is possible depends on our knowledge and beliefs about the world. Ideas can change the world, and Green House is about challenging the ideas that have created the world we live in now, and offering positive alternatives.
The problems we face are systemic, and so the changes we need to make are complex and interconnected. Many of the critical analyses and policy prescriptions that will be part of the new paradigm are already out there. Our aim is to communicate them more clearly, and more widely.
In this, we will remain independent of political parties, campaigns or commercial vested interests, but will be happy to cooperate with anybody – individuals or organisations – who shares our beliefs and our sense of urgency.
This We Believe
We believe in the human race: we believe that we are wise and clever enough to think and act our way out of the terrible crisis that we as a species have created for ourselves.
We believe in the power of the people. We believe that one day our country and our world will see true demo-cracy: the rule of the people by the people for the people.
We believe in massive co-ordinated action on climate, in a just transition, in public services, in equality, in a dynamic-equilibrium economy, in restorative justice, in localisation, and in a real care for the future.
We believe that the economy is more than just a machine to produce more and more trinkets and that the pie has to stop growing because the ingredients are running out.
We believe that the ownership of land is a historical mistake, and that animals cannot be our property.
We believe in the future and that the interests of future people carry as much weight as our own.
We strongly believe in society, in our common humanity, and in a culture of hope.
We believe that the time is right for a thinktank that is adequate to the challenges facing this country and this living planet of ours.
This we believe.
Find Out More
There is an important sense in which you are what you read. In this spirit, and so that you can see where we are coming from, as well as where we are going to, we have put together a list of books that have informed and influenced us.
We have limited ourselves to ten books each and have provided you with a brief commentary. The list is fairly eclectic and should provide something for all tastes. You can download the Green House reading list.