I think I am on the ballot for leader of the Green Party. The ERO has not confirmed it, but Tweeters seem to think so.
I have a vision. Although the immediate problem is the threat to the ecosphere, and the dire consequences if this is not halted, throughout my 43 years with the Green Party I have had a clear picture of how quality of life could be enhanced if only we could limit our demands on the ecosphere.
It was obvious to the founder members of the Party that a steady state economy – world-wide – would be essential, but with the Basic Income to ensure that no one need feel insecure, a much less materialistic ethos will emerge. Opponents will ridicule a steady state economy as a recession. There is no escaping that. As I see it we have no option to meet that derision head on. Some of us think that a recession will happen anyway due to ecological damage. It could be worse than any previous recession, but it could become a blessing in disguise.
That recognition of the need to curb economic activity has been lost sight of. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change avoided the issue, but even the Green Party refers to it only in passing. If I am a candidate, I shall do what I can to rectify that.
To take a simple, stark example: fracking.
The ecological case for fracking is unassailable. Quite apart from the local environmental degradation, even small amounts of hydrocarbons escaping into the atmosphere will aggravate the greenhouse effect far more than CO2 is doing already.
But as long as economic growth is seen as essential to prosperity, the economic case for fracking is also overwhelming. The End of the World may be at hand on present trends
I am reluctant to say more until am sure that I am a candidate in the Green Party election, but if so, over the next few weeks I shall try to explain my vision of how a recession can be fun. Actually, it is there in my book, and in earlier blog posts, but a blog inevitably becomes less coherent than a book. ,