Letters to the editor

Green World readers give their views

Against tribalism

Dear Editor,

Caroline Lucas brings her usual insight to her article ‘Corbyn’s victory: An opportunity for the Greens’ (GW90), and is right to favour cooperation with parties of similar views.

A genuinely anti-austerity Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, the SNP and the Greens are all potential allies, and until proportional representation is achieved, such an alliance will be vital in the next election.

It takes two to tango, of course, and Labour must radically change – how disgraceful that Caroline’s own seat was one of its top targets in the last election! But if there is that radical change, there should be practical implementation, in electoral strategies and pacts, with tactical voting and ‘vote-swapping’ involved (like Bruce Kent’s G.R.O.T. (Get Rid Of Them) campaign against the Tories.

There’s too much at stake to be tribal. It would be a disaster for the left-wing vote to be split between the Labour and Green parties, resulting in another five years of war against the environment and the poor. It might only take a handful of constituencies to make the vital difference next time round (think Kemptown).

Fay Marshall, Brighton and Hove Green Party

Fossil fuel free careers

Dear Editor,

Discussions at the December Paris COP21 summit and fringe included the need to get rid of fossil fuels by the end of this century. Global leaders failed to give any clear indication how this might be achieved. Major social change is called for, not least in policies on employment and careers.

Most work in our globalised economy is directly or indirectly high-carbon, so how can we get out of this rat race? The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has suggested that we need a shorter working week. The time saved can then be spent in eco-friendly and more self-reliant lifestyles, growing our own food, helping to develop one’s local bioregional economy, DIY repair and maintenance, etc. Simpler, more sustainable lifestyles can more than compensate for loss of income and constitute an important part of moving away from perpetual economic growth.

Enabling legislation is needed on issues such as income security; secure access to land; refocusing education for practical skills for self-reliant living; shifts in power from national to local levels; run down of our finance and service sectors; and developing a maintenance and repair sector.

John Ranken, South Cambridgeshire Green Party