Members of the EGP Committee are creating blog entries so there are other points of view to Green affairs and the people who are instrumental to the party. As the participants add another post, the blog entry will appear here.
The harsh criticisms of solar energy and the Green Economy that appeared in Corriere della Sera on World Environment Day were bewildering. According to a recent publication by the German Advisory Council on Environment, Germany will be able to develop a 100% renewable, fully energy-efficient energy system before 2050. The German study was clear: if a similar strategy was adopted at a European (or at least regional) level, the costs would be considerably lower than our current system, while at the same time providing greater benefits for employment and competitiveness. This is surely the strategy that all the European Governments should adopt.
In a previous existence, I was a campaigner against GMOs and was heavily involved in the No Patents on Life movement, which was, and still is, opposed to the patenting of lifeforms. So the decision last week of the US Supreme Court, that a firm called Myriad Genetics could not claim the patent ownership of two genes coding for breast cancer, called BRAC 1 and 2, was welcome news to me.
Last weekend at the EGP Spring Council in Madrid, I was very impressed about how seriously and lively we discussed about involving citizens in our common Green European elections campaign. I believe we've decided upon a strong campaign strategy, that can reconnect citizens, increase participation and overcome the European elections’ image of being dull and unsexy.
BLOG: In 1989, the party scored just short of 15%. Under any intelligent electoral system, that would have given us at least 12 seats in the European Parliament (EP). What a difference 12 or more British Green MEPs would have made in Brussels and Strasbourg. They would have been the largest faction in the Green Group and would have certainly given the group a different political flavour. That would probably have influenced the future direction of the EGP, too.
Blog: Two of my close friends have recently lost their jobs. They are only two examples of what is happening, not just in Catalonia, but across Spain - and most certainly in Portugal and Greece. People are being kicked out of their jobs, deprived of a dignified way of earning their living, and in the end, of freely living their lives. Spain is in the middle of a crisis because the current government has failed to act on three key issues
I started to really enjoy the impact of politics when I began working for the then-Deputy Mayor for Environment in the city of Barcelona, Mrs. Imma Mayol. With her, the experience of a variety of different functions, let me see and enjoy how much influence can local politics have in people's daily lives - and how important it is as a tool for providing real autonomy, bonds and connections so we can live side by side.