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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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Animation: The countries with the largest cumulative CO2 emissions since 1750

Ranking as of the start of 2019:

1) US – 397GtCO2
2) CN – 214Gt
3) fmr USSR – 180
4) DE – 90
5) UK – 77
6) JP – 58
7) IN – 51
8) FR – 37
9) CA – 32
10) PL – 27

"It will not be the people who block roads & bridges that history will judge badly, it is those who shut their eyes. We are going to change what is politically possible so it can become the scientifically necessary" @CarolineLucas introducing @GretaThunberg with standing ovation

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The deadline for returning your vote on the proposed resident parking scheme is Monday 4th March. If you are within the scheme area and have not received a letter please let me know. I have been knocking on doors trying to get people to return their voting slips, and will carry on doing that the rest of this week. Thanks to the local residents who have helped deliver and collect the voting letters, and who will be helping over the next few days to ensure we get as many voted as possible. ...

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If you live in the proposed residents' parking scheme area, covering from St Georges Lane North down to Southfield Street, then you should be receiving your voting letter anytime now. Please make sure you have your say by voting Yes or No (ideally Yes!) and then returning it in the pre-paid envelope. ...

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