26 Nov 2008
Ed Milliband Bigs Up Transition, But Growth Is Still King
Ed Milliband, the newly appointed Minister for Energy and Climate Change, gave a talk on Monday to the Environment Agency conference in London. As part of it, he said;
How do we build a popular movement on these issues? Movements come from individual experiences which raise consciousness of the issues and are translated into bigger demands. So local campaigns and action whether it’s the Transition Town movement or pioneering local authorities – are absolutely essential. Not just because they are important in themselves but because they can help create a movement for change.
We blushed, just as much as Sharon Astyk did recently, to be cited in such august company. Great to hear that the work of Transition groups up and down the country is on the radar. It doesn’t however mean that we can let his statement that “we need to show it’s possible to be for growth, for fairness and for tackling climate change” to go unchallenged. Our continued obsession with economic growth is potentially utterly ruinous, but I think that’s for another post on economic growth that I have gestating and should be with you soon….