Andrew Simms – Seeking Goodland

Specials on August 5, 2013 | Make a Comment

 
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Very happy to be able to share this keynote speech with you from Arts Admin’s recent Imagining the Great Transition event.

In the wake of his recent book Cancel the Apocalypse, New Economics Foundation fellow Andrew Simms plays Fantasy Economics and imagines what a country might look like if it was run in the public interest rather than in the interest of the corporations and bankers. Bold, visionary and studded with real world examples that are happening now, Simms’ erudite and witty attack the doctrine of “There is No Alternative” bristles with a barely concealed venom. Recorded by Climate Radio for Arts Admin on Saturday 22 June 2013.

Biomess

Climate Radio on July 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

 
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It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. European consumption patterns are already responsible for over a third of of global deforestation which is bad news for the climate, biodiversity and forest-dependent communities. And yet the UK and Europe have now decided to burn trees to create electricity. Why are policy makers ignoring the advice of their own scientists which says this will be worse for climate change than burning coal? Where might millions upon millions of tonnes of trees come from and what implications might this have for exacerbating land grabs and land conflicts?

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Two Degrees Festival Recap

Specials on July 13, 2013 | Make a Comment

 
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A bricolage of sound impressions from Arts Admin’s recent Two Degrees Festival of art on the theme: “Climate, Consumerism, Community…” Emphasising unconventional and participative work, the festival asked, “What is broken in our world and what can we do to fix it?” The programme features The Institute for the Art & Practice of Dissent at Home, Lewis Bassett, Mel Evans, Andrea Francke, Harry Giles, Mark Godber, Kamala Katbamna, Ruth Potts, Andrew Simms, Gonçalo Tocha, Sam Trotman, Platform, Mels van Zutphen and Sarah Woods. Assembled by Climate Radio’s Phil England for Arts Admin. Broadcast by ResonanceFM on 12 July, 2013.

Two Degrees Festival Preview

Specials on June 15, 2013 | Make a Comment

 
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Two Degrees (17-22 June) is a biennial arts festival taking a wide-framed and forward thinking look at climate change and possible futures. Live studio discussion between the programmers Mark Godber & Sam Trotman (Arts Admin) and artists Mel Evans & Sam Rowe (Platform), Andrea Francke and Lewis Bassett. More info & tickets: Two Degrees festival.

Vanessa Vine – Extra

Specials on June 15, 2013 | Make a Comment

 
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Here’s a bonus extra 8 minutes of our interview with Vanessa Vine, co-ordinator of Frack Free Sussex and Britain & Ireland Frack Free (BIFF!). We had to cut this at the last minute for space reasons.

No Dash for Fracking Gas

Climate Radio on June 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

 
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Climate Radio takes a look at the battle for the UK’s energy future: on the one side we have Chancellor George Osborne and the gas lobby whose key star is former CEO of BP, Lord “cost-cutting” Browne, now chair of the UK’s leading gas fracking company Cuadrilla Resources and who sits at the heart of government inside the Cabinet Office; on the other side are the communities resisting the threat of fracking on their land, the government’s own Committee on Climate Change, 21 people who occupied a gas-fired power station – and everyone else interested in maintaining a habitable planet.

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With special appearances byNew York Youth Against Fracking, Pieter Tans (NOAA), Peter Lilley MP, Dr Theo Colborn (c/o Gasland) and Danny Chivers of No Dash for Gas.

In Summary…

Chancellor George Osborne is planning to build up to 40 new gas-fired power stations even though the government’s own independent advisors warn that this would be illegal, expensive and crash our climate commitments. The Chancellor is also encouraging the polluting and landscape-despoiling process of gas fracking in the UK, while the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has been promoting this controversial technology internationally.

From a climate change perspective we already have more carbon in fossil fuel company reserves than we can safely burn before we add yet another source of unconventional fuel into the mix. Unless there is an effective global cap on carbon emissions or a global carbon tax, developing shale gas reserves by fracking will increase global greenhouse gas emissions.

The good news is that communities from the US to Egypt and from Australia to Algeria are fighting back against the threat of fracking in their area, and the Chancellor’s entire gas policy will be challenged by climate protestors in the UK when they return en masse to the site of the West Burton gas-fired power station for the Reclaim The Power camp 17-20 August this year.

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