This was a really enjoyable event - thanks to LTU for hosting it. The Green vote jumped from 5th to 2nd place (a before and after vote was held) so that was great. However, I would have thought a room full of young people couldn't fail to vote Green since it's the only party which fights for genuine fairness, for the common good ( not the good of the few), and is firmly on the side of people and planet instead of profit for mega-business. I think I took too much for granted and didn't spell out the the fact that social justice is fundamental to Green policy, so Labour retained their first place even though they support the TTIP, neoliberalism, infinite growth on a finite planet, fracking, and Trident!!
of the trees on New Walkergate is one of the latest in the long list
of crimes against nature brazenly committed by ERYC
(East Riding of Yorkshire Council) in our name and with our money.
Why? Perhaps they have a contract with a company which fells
trees so they have to find jobs to keep them busy? Is
someone profiting from the wood? Or is it simply a corporate
mechanistic mindset which wants everything - including nature - to
be ‘tidy’? The unevenness in the ground made by the tree roots was
not a hazard to the footpath and it could have been made into an
attractive feature. The wall could have been strengthened.
Does London remove its fantastic old plane
trees which have grown through and around the railings in the
will replace the trees with ones 'specially chosen and sourced for the
site' is the newspeak we have come to expect from ERYC meaning 'you
know nothing: we ‘experts’ know best'. Most
people instinctively protect trees - and they are right because the older
a tree is the more biodiversity it hosts, the more carbon it sequesters
and the more beautiful it becomes.
thrives on diversity. It is beautiful because it is NOT tidy.
Beverley is an ancient town which should not look like a Milton Keynes.
ERYC has a biodiversity action plan, but does ERYC itself take any notice of
it?What ERYC displays is a complete lack of understanding
of nature, heritage, beauty, and people - in fact most things which
matter. Machine- chemical- newbuild - and road-obsessed ERYC is the
thing which should go, not the trees.
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.