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Green Man says goodbye and thank you for what you do.

This is my last post for Community Care, and I’d like to thank all readers, especially the few who have written interesting comments, and my employers at Community Care who have been so good to me.

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Green Man nearly at The End Of The Line

I want to start this offering with a correction. In my last column (‘Our last chance to halt greenhouse gas emissions’, Community Care Magazine, 28th May 09) I stated that CFC gases were ‘nothing to do with… greenhouse gas emissions’.  Well that is incorrect.  Chlorofluorocarbons, once used as propellants in aerosol cans and still in […]

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Green Man Celebrates North Yorkshire Credit Union

Regular readers will know of my interest in how money affects sustainable development, stemming from my early involvement in York Local Agenda 21. The three pillars of sustainability, according to Agenda 21, are our natural environment (air, water, soil, ecosystems and living things) our social environment (people) and our fiscal environment, which is how we organise our […]

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Green Man on Media Responsibilities

It was my birthday yesterday and after the York Green Festival planning meeting that I chaired, some of us went to the pub. I hardly ever do this anymore so it was a bit of a treat.  And the experience reminded me why it is so popular… you can have conversations with people you’ve never […]

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Green Man meets a Morsbag

Over the past few years there’s been a lot of noise about the evils of plastic bags.  They’ve been blamed for filling up landfills and inflating people’s carbon footprints, mimicking jellyfish and confusing turtles, even being labelled ‘witches knickers’ when blown into Irish hedges and trees.  Now, in the grand scheme of things, plastic bags […]

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Green Man switches off!

I like watching television, but I know where the off-button is and I do lots of other things as well as watch telly.  I have several friends who don’t have a telly and when I mention something I’ve seen or that they ’should see’, they remind me that they don’t sit and goggle… and on occasions […]

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Green Man on Dirty Coal

Coal’s in the news a bit recently.  The G20 protests, some of which were about the lack of action to combat climate change, and the disgusting response from some of the police has put images of last year’s Kingsnorth policing back on our screens.  And then there is the pre-emptive policing of a proposed protest on Ratcliffe on Soar power […]

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The green gospel is that consumption begins at home

Would you rather stoke the profits of carbon-profligate big business or support the minimal carbon footprints of your local independent stores.

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Green Man supporting the ‘Post Office Bank’

There are two things which have led me to email my MP and ask him to support a motion (EDM 1082) which proposes the development of a Post Office Bank.  Firstly, with many ‘High Street’ banks having financial difficulties and some having to be bailed out by the Government, it would make sense to have […]

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Green Man wonders how to get the message across?

There are many ways to convey a message.  And when it comes to climate change and overconsumption, there are blogs, protest marches, films, and I’ve just discovered poetry.   So, I’d like you to click on this link: http://www.myspace.com/dannychivers and then click on the poem ‘Consumed’ by Danny Chivers, and listen, whilst you read the text.  But as […]

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