New ideas for challenging times: the second New Home Front report.
Be just and fear not: Andrew Simms, fellow of nef (the new economics foundation) and the author of Cancel the Apocalypse (Little Brown, Spring 2013) argues that now is the time for our politicians to be bold. While there is still time to act.
Know your neighbours: Bill McKibben founder of 350.org argues that change begins by rebuilding our communities, one friendship at a time.
Mobilising the next generation: Rina Kuusipalo youth climate campaigner and founder of Future Economy argues that we need to tae young people seriously and appoint an Ombudsman for future generations.
Lessons for the new land army: chair of the NFWI, Ruth Bond, says that there is much we can learn from the WI about getting things done.
Learning from our grandparents: in an extract from an essay previously published in Sierra Magazine the historian Mike Davis reveals just how much we can learn from our grandparents.
Making time for the New Home Front: Keynes imagined that progress would bring a shorter working week. nef’s Anna Coote argues that distributing the work we have by moving towards a 21 hour working week would provide the time and person-power to deliver the New Home Front.
A green ‘golden age’: Business historian and sustainable investor, Nick Robins proposes a number of mechanisms to stabilise the financial system and channel resources where they are needed, in building a low carbon future.
Taxation for the New Home Front: tax expert Richard Murphy shows how resources could be released by clamping down on tax avoidance and tax havens could both remove the need for public spending cuts and provide the resources to invest in the transformation of infrastructure for a greener future.
Pension funds for transformation: Colin Hines, convener of the Green New Deal Group shows how pension funds could help build a carbon army to insulate the UK’s housing stock- reducing fuel use and providing a rich new stream of employment.
Move your money: campaigner Danielle Paffard argues that we can all be part of the New Home Front by moving our money from the big banks to ethical and sustainable alternatives like Credit Unions and Mutuals.
A Post Bank for the people: Lindsay Mackie argues that the Post Office Network is an over-looked resource waiting to be brought into action as a new Post Bank, providing services where people and small businesses where they are needed most.
A National Business Rescue Service: Ed Mayo Secretary General of the Co-operatives UK argues that we can learn from the experience of the Co-operative movement worldwide and create a National Business Rescue Service to help the valiant small businesses keeping the economy afloat.
A home-front vision for renewable energy: writing in a personal capacity, Head of External Relations at the Renewable Energy Association, Leonie Greene argues that we should follow Germany’s lead and unleash our hidden renewable resources.
A climate budget for a fairer future: Sean Chamberlain argues that a system of Tradable Emissions Quotas would provide a mechanism that would both reduce carbon emissions and address fuel poverty.
A Royal Bank of Sustainability: the oil-campaigners PLATFORM argue that now that RBS is owned by the taxpayer, it could be transformed into an investment platform for clean, green energy.
A transport system for all our futures: Sian Berry of the Campaign for Better Transport argues that a progressive transport policy could meet multiple needs improving our health and revitalizing our communities and economies while reducing emissions from transport.
Bring back British Rail: Ellie Harrison argues that British Rail was established in 1948 because of the failure of private rail companies to provide the service people need. We need to rediscover the vision of our ancestors, she says.
Yes in my back yard: guinea gardens and a design for plenty: Molly Conisbee the Soil Association’s Director of Campaigns says we need to put food growing back into the heart of our cities with a spirited campaign to say ‘Yes in my back yard!’
Eat the excess: a celebratory vision for waste reduction: This is Rubbish’s Caitlin Shepherd says that we should eat our way through the 16-18 million tonnes of food currently wasted in the UK and set ambitious targets to reduce waste
Guaranteeing our cultural foundations: James Humphreys of Woodnewton Associates says that we should place the same emphasis on arts as sports in schools to unleash the UK’s creative potential and not just our sporting muscle.
From oil to art, liberating culture: oil-campaigners PLATFORM argue that in times of ecological crisis, there is no place for big oil companies in our galleries and museums.
Set our cities free from advertising: Ruth Potts of bread, print & roses argues that to create the conditions for the new home front we should follow the lead of Sao Paolo and clear our cities of visual pollution