Friday, 11 April 2014
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Heads-up for the next Health Service demonstration - central London, 27 April 2014 (time and start-point to be confirmed)
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Breaking the Frame: a gathering on the politics of technology. 2nd-5th May at Unstone Grange in the countryside near Sheffield.
As more regions and countries develop their tourism industry, it produces significant impacts on natural resources, consumption patterns, pollution and social systems. The need for sustainable/responsible planning and management is imperative for the industry to survive as a whole.
- Over 1 billion people travelled internationally in 2012 and this is expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2020
- The average international tourist receipt is over US$700 per person
- Travel and tourism represents approximately 10% of total global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (if it include tourism related business (eg catering, cleaning)
- The global travel and tourism industry creates approximately 10% of the world's employment (direct & indirect)
- At least 25 million people spread over 52 countries are displaced by violence, persecution and/or disasters - tourism receipts in every country are affected by this.
- Although the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas recycles its water - it still uses 12 million litres of water per year in a water scarce region
- Buying local could achieve a 4-5% reduction in GHG emissions due to large sources of C02 and non C02 emissions during the production of food
- The average Canadian household used 326 liters of water per day....a village of 700 in a developing country uses an average of 500 litres of water per month AND a luxury hotel room guest uses 1800 litres of water per person per night...
- The average person in the UK uses approximately 150 litres of water per day - 3 times that of a local village in Asia
- A species of animal or plant life disappears at a rate of one every three minutes
- 70% of marine mammals are threatened
- The Western world (with 17% of the worlds' population) currently consumes 52% of total global energy.
- 1 acre of trees absorbes 2. 6tonnes of CO2 per year
- 58% of the worlds coral reefs are at risk. 2010 was the warmest year on record
- Seawater is expected to rise 70 cm in the next 10 years
- By 2050 climate change could have directly led to the extinction of 30% of species, the death of 90% of coral reefs and the loss of half the Amazon rainforest.
- Since 1970 a third of the natural world has been destroyed by human activity
- Half the world's population lives in urban areas and this figure is expected to increase. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 76% of the population live in urban areas
- 10% of the worlds coral reefs are in the Caribbean - most under threat
- By 2036, there will be 1200 million cars on earth - double the amount today
- A European uses 14x more energy than someone living in India
- For every 1 degree rise in temperature above 34 degrees Celsius, yields of rice, maize and wheat in tropical areas could drop by 10%
- Every day we dump 90 million tons of carbon pollution into our atmosphere
- Although 70% of the earth's surface is water, only 3% is potable
- Sources: FOC, 2002, WTO, 2000 & 2002, UNWTO, 2011, www.risingtide.co.uk, 2004, UN, 2003, Gov't of Canada, 2005, Tourism Concern, 2011, Science Msusuem, 2006, Reefs at Risk, WRI,2011), Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 2011)
Sustainable tourism is about re-focusing and adapting. A balance must be found between limits and usage so that continuous changing, monitoring and planning ensure that tourism can be managed. This requires thinking long-term (10, 20+ years) and realising that change is often cumulative, gradual and irreversible. Economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development must include the interests of all stakeholders including indigenous people, local communities, visitors, industry and government.
- Address environmental and social concerns through policies, practices and initiatives with others.
- Are you traveling? Use these guidelines for being a responsible traveler?
- Are you traveling? Use these guidelines for being a carbon conscious traveler?
- Are you a business or organization? Use these questions to guide you.
- Have us help you with policy development, environmental management, business planning and marketing efforts.
- Read more or contact us directly. Click here for definitions and information about sustainable tourism.
The time is now to act on the housing crisis and the people’s parliament debate this week is just the beginning, says Joseph Blake
Housing crisis requires bold action
2 April 2014 | By Joseph Blake
Are you a victim of high rents? If you live in London then most probably because the housing market is out of control. Everyone knows that now, and an unprecedented amount of coverage on the housing crisis means we no longer need to tell each other that we have a housing crisis on our hands in this country. The time is now to act on this. Fortunately, an opposition to the housing crisis is beginning to emerge.
Last night saw another packed out talk in the House of Commons as part of the People’s Parliament discussion series, organised by Labour MP John McDonnell, to liven up and provide political depth to the debate in the run up to the next general election. Last night’s discussion was on ‘the housing and homelessness crisis’, where it was immediately obvious that people have become bored of warning people about the housing crisis and are moving on to demanding answers.
The statistics are utterly staggering. Over 1.7 million households are currently waiting for social housingwhich to be honest just isn’t going to arrive. More than 2 million people find their rent or mortgage a constant struggle or are falling behind with their payments. Average rents in London are £1,417 a month, meaning people are spending a totally disproportionate amount of their income on securing a roof over their head. Even today we have heard thatLondon house prices have risen 18% in a year. To exemplify how bad things have got, according to Anna Minton, author of Ground Control, apparently someone recently was even asked to pay rent to sleep in a fridge.
Yes, we must build more homes if the UK’s population continues to increase as expected but building more homes is not the solution. Boris Johnson and our other UK local authority leaders were accused last month by housing campaigners of ‘selling off our city to the highest bidder’ – in reference to their support of the MIPIM conference in Cannes, France.
What the problem boils down to, as spelt out by Danny Dorling in his new book All That is Solid is that no one should be able to make a profit out of housing. Housing is not like gold, or oil or anything else one might wish to invest in. Housing is a basic need for everyone to be able to have a roof over their head. Therefore, letting the market dictate are housing is not the right way to go.
In the last few months an organisation called the Radical Housing Networkhas emerged which is made up of groups fighting for housing justice across London who are attempting to harness all this housing anger.
At the People’s Parliament a number of solutions were put forward. For a start we need rent controls and we then need a land value tax which would require ‘property owners to pay an annual levy based on the market value of the plot of earth beneath their home.’
We should listen to the Empty Homes Campaign by doing everything that is possible to bring empty properties back into use, of which there are still around 1 million across the UK. Bringing empty properties back into use also includes repealing the criminalisation of squatting as it’s become evidently clear that squatters do more good than harm.
The bedroom tax must be repealed and we should reverse the trend of selling off all our housing stock by investing in first class council housing instead. Housing experts are now calling for such measures up and down the country.
Over the weekend, we heard that housing policy could be the issue that decides the next general election and if true all political parties must get to grips with the crisis because currently none of them are proposing anything anywhere near bold enough.
At the sharp end homelessness has risen by 62 per cent in the last 2 years in London which can be directly attributed to government policies. Because housing involves us all, it’s the issue which defines this era. We have an opportunity now because housing is rising up the political agenda.
These discussions will continue at agathering later this month where experts such as Danny Dorling and others will be speaking.
Joseph Blake is a freelance journalist and campaigner
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Private companies are helping to decide the future of the NHS. It’s come to light that a lobbying outfit working for big drug companies was paid by NHS England to write an important report. It’s claimed that this report could help shape £12bn (!) of NHS spending over the next five years. 
Thursday, 27 March 2014
PoetryJamAgainstBorders-fundraiser 4Calais&Morocco.Thurs27th March,8pm@91TollingtonWay.PplsKitchen,poetry(bring ur words!),videoProjections.BannerMakingFrom4pm.
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Good article on use of empty space by artists and musicians- the height of Suspenses at the old Polytechnic squat Kentish town
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Friern Barnet library, saved by locals direct action and the squatters occupy support team.80th birthday celebration sun 23rd march 2-5 pm all welcome
All welcome - please ask our other Occupy friends and supporters.
Saturday, 15 March 2014
NEXT SAT 22.4 LONDON / TESLA PROJECT PRESENTS 12HRS+ FULL ON / FOREST PSY / HOUSE / 3 STAGES / 3 DECOR TEAMS / VJ / 07902814032 AFTER 10.30PM / PASS IT ON!
Friday, 14 March 2014
Thursday, 13 March 2014
"Fracking has the potential to devastate wildlife habitats across the UK, says research commissioned by leading wildlife and countryside groups. The report Are We Fit to Frack? was launched by six organisations including the National Trust and the RSPB. It was reviewed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and is supported by a cross party group of MPs."
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