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Category Archives: environmental policy
A further peep behind the curtain of Defra’s thinking about Environment and Agriculture after Brexit
Thanks to the impending General Election, Defra has allowed us another peep behind the curtain to show their thinking about the Environment and Agriculture after Brexit. A hastily thrown together response to the House of Lords EU Environment and Energy … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, Brexit, Common Agricultural Policy, Defra, environmental policy Tagged Agriculture, Brexit, Defra, Environment, House of Lords 5 Comments
Guest Blog by Ruth Davis: A Common Good Manifesto 1) Living Wages and Good Food
Today I am delighted to have a guest blog from my old friend Ruth Davis. We used to work at Plantlife together. Ruth is Political Director at Greenpeace though these are her own views. Ruth is starting an open debate … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, environmental policy, farming Tagged Agriculture, common agricultural policy, Conservation, Environment 4 Comments
Biodiversity Challenge: 20 years on
It seems unbelievable to me but it is 20 years this week since the launch of “Biodiversity Challenge.”I am going to celebrate this anniversary with a series of blogs this week, and possibly next. Challenge, as it became known, was … Continue reading
Posted in Action Plans, biodiversity, biodiversity challenge, environmental policy Tagged biodiversity, Biodiversity Challenge, Butterfly Conservation, Conservation, Convention on Biological Diversity, Environment, Friends of the Earth, Plantlife, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Wildlife Trusts 2 Comments
Owen Paterson: Enlightenment Man
Owen Paterson is Enlightenment Man in the modern day. OP believes that the environment needs to be improved and repeats this at every opportunity. He also promotes individualism and the public benefits derived from private profit-making. This is his central … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, badgers, biodiversity offsetting, Charities campaigning, conservation, deregulation, enlightenment, environmental policy, ethics, George Monbiot, management, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson Tagged George Monbiot, Golden Rice, Mycobacterium bovis, Owen Paterson, Paterson, Rightmove, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB, the enlightenment 6 Comments
Conservation needs Change
This a continuation of the series of blogs stimulated by the re-wilding and conservation debate at the Linnean Society on Wednesday. I looked at how people’s relationship with nature has evolved to the point now where we can more or … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, animism, Beavers, biodiversity, Common Agricultural Policy, conservation, ecosystem services, environmental policy, European environment policy, farming, Floodplains, Forestry, Forestry Commission, greenspace, housing, management, neoliberalism, NFU, Owen Paterson, public goods, public land, regulatory reform, semi-natural Tagged Agriculture, biodiversity, Britain, common agricultural policy, Conservation, ecosystem services, England, George Monbiot, greenspace, Inheritance tax, land reform, Mark Avery, re-wilding, Semi-Natural 7 Comments
What are we waiting for?
Reading George Monbiot’s book on re-wilding has made me think a great deal about what would need to change in Britain in order for us to restore nature to something like a sustainable level, and to give it the resilience it will … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, environmental policy, farming, Floodplains, George Monbiot, grazing, management, public land, rewilding, semi-natural, uplands, wolves Tagged Britain, England, George Monbiot, re-naturing, Semi-Natural, State of Nature, Straight-tusked elephant, Wildlife Trusts Leave a comment
The Age of Can Do
Here’s the piece Mark Avery published on his blog this morning. It encompasses some of the thinking I’ve been doing in preparation for this evening’s debate. Let me know what you think. Can Do We are living in the age … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, animism, biodiversity, climate change, conservation, ecosystem services, environmental policy, farming, George Monbiot, grazing, management, Mesolithic, neoliberalism, rewilding, semi-natural, straight tusked elephant, wolves Tagged Agriculture, Archaeology, Cereal, George Monbiot, Holocene, Murrain, Neolithic, Semi-Natural, Smallpox, Wildlife 1 Comment
Here’s the link to today’s blog, which is on Mark Avery’s website.
Biodiversity Offsetting – some further thoughts
Today’s blog appears on the Woodland Trust Blog site. http://wtcampaigns.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/biodiversity-offsetting-some-related-issues/.
Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, biodiversity offsetting, Charities campaigning, ecosystem services, environmental policy, forest elephant, George Monbiot, housing, management, meadows, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, rewilding, scrub, spiritual value, straight tusked elephant, uplands Tagged biodiversity, Church, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, George Monbiot, offsetting, Owen Paterson, re-wilding 3 Comments
Babies and Bathwater
Non-intervention management ((C) Miles King) I boldly suggested the other day that conservation iconoclast Mark Fisher now agreed with me that stopping human intervention on high value nature sites (such as SSSIs) was not the best way of achieving his … Continue reading
Posted in anti conservation rhetoric, anti-environmental rhetoric, biodiversity, environmental policy, forest elephant, George Monbiot, Mark Fisher, rewilding, Saum, scrub, self-willed land, SSSis, straight tusked elephant, uplands Tagged Conservation, England, George Monbiot, Mark Fisher, Mike Alexander, re-wilding, Restoration ecology, Site of Special Scientific Interest, SSSI, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Tony Whitbread 2 Comments