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The purpose of this blog is to express my opinion on various topics of the day, but in particular those relating to the environment and politics, with an eye on how these issues relate to Worcester (Worcestershire), where I live.

Back in May 2009 I decided, for the first time in my life, to join a political party. I’ve always been interested in politics, but never got involved in the nitty-gritty world of party politics.

I’ve been interested in environmental issues since I was about 18 and back in 2006 we spent most of my redundancy money on photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. We now generate most of the electricity that we use.

I got to thinking that although I’ve made a change, this has little impact on the problem of climate change and peak oil. If I could persuade or influence other people to do something similar, then that would have a greater impact.

Whilst I was thinking about this, the state of politics in the country was becoming desperate, what with the various scandals surrounding MPs expenses, plus the questions over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hence, I decided to stop talking about politics and take some action. The Green Party were the obvious choice. I’d voted for them in the past, but it had always seemed a token gesture, as there had seemed little chance of them winning. Recently, this has not been the case and in both European elections and local elections they have had successes.

This blog, however, contains my own views and not those of the Green Party.

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Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers https://t.co/Gbwz0CS9lZ @dpcarrington reports

Okay. One follower who retweets this will get this signed first edition hardback before everyone else. It isn’t published until July 6th. Could be in your hands next week. Go!

Shame @worcscc doesn’t do more to improve cycling infrastructure in #Worcester and encourage more people to use cycling as a sustainable transport method 🚴🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/CqzlowsvsW

And it's also the last day of the LitFest & Fringe Festival. At Drummond's Bar/The Swan from midday it's The Double Whammy Spammy & Finale.

Gove is strong on rhetoric but we cannot trust this government an inch when it comes to having a truly independent watchdog to protect our environment.

Government has a lamentable track record eg failing to act on air pollution, evidenced by being taken to court by @ClientEarth https://t.co/mwQ10HRuBJ

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