I have been selected as the Green Party candidate for Nether Edge and Sharrow

.  Graham Wroe has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the ward of Nether Edge and Sharrow for the May elections. He aims to replace Councillor Alison Teal who has decided to return to her professional practice in May. After 40 years of teaching, in Sheffield, Uganda, Barnsley and Rotherham, Graham has retiredContinue reading “I have been selected as the Green Party candidate for Nether Edge and Sharrow”

How Supertram could be extended to provide public transport fit for the 21st century.

How Supertram could be extended to provide public transport fit for the 21st century. New routes could connect the Hospitals, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Totley and Stocksbridge

Protest is not a Crime

The government’s Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill (the Policing Bill) reaches a crucial stage this week. The measures are designed to control political challenges by threatening dissenters with disproportionate punishment, effectively scaring people into forfeiting their right to protest. Many people are aware that this Bill is a threat to basic civil liberties butContinue reading “Protest is not a Crime”

Do they know it’s Christmas? The media are ignoring the crisis in East Africa.

As most of us prepare to enjoy Christmas with plenty to eat and drink our media are ignoring the dreadful fate of people in East Africa. The poorest and most vulnerable children on the planet are being killed in huge numbers by climate breakdown. We still listen to “Do they know it’s Christmas” on theContinue reading “Do they know it’s Christmas? The media are ignoring the crisis in East Africa.”

Defend the right to protest

Picture the scene. On a rainy morning in London, an Extinction Rebellion protest is in full swing in Millbank, demanding the Government start to act now to prevent billions of worldwide deaths which will happen if we don’t drastically reduce our carbon emissions.  Hundreds of people are sitting in the road, chanting and singing. SheffielderContinue reading “Defend the right to protest”

“The climate isn’t top of my list…” A message to parents and grandparents.

Regular Sheffield Star letter writer Jayne Grayson wrote this. “If I am honest the climate really isn’t at the top of my list. Sorry if that upsets others but going away for two weeks of sun at Christmas is the top of my important. Keeping a job in this time of uncertainty, making sure myContinue reading ““The climate isn’t top of my list…” A message to parents and grandparents.”

How full will the prisons be before the Government starts to Insulate Britain?

The failure of COP26 has changed the climate of protest in this country. Extinction Rebellion’s Paralympian James Brown has been jailed for a year for his protest on top of a plane. Nine Insulate Britain protestors have been jailed for contempt of court for breaking injunctions preventing them from sitting in the road. Eight wereContinue reading “How full will the prisons be before the Government starts to Insulate Britain?”

COP26 was a failure, but we must never give up.

COP26, the most important meeting in human history, has failed abysmally to slash emissions as climate science demands. Neither did it provide the countries on the front line, who have contributed least to emissions, with the finance they need to fund climate adaptation and start to repair the massive damage they have experienced as aContinue reading “COP26 was a failure, but we must never give up.”

What’s so important about 1.5 degrees?

In the run-up to COP26, it has been heartening to see the increased coverage in the media of the climate emergency. The BBC drama “The Trick” was tv at its best. But much of the coverage has annoyed me because it has focussed on personal lifestyle changes rather than the systemic change from Governments andContinue reading “What’s so important about 1.5 degrees?”