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Super Sunday

29 May


1. Last night I was lucky enough to go for dinner where there was a) homemade foccacia, b) homemade mushroom ravioli, c) homemade apple tart, d) homemade elderflower cocktails, e) disco lights, f) friends, g) nicki minaj on the radio, and h) some serious debating about religion. YUM. Still digesting (both the food and the debate).

2. I saw The Mountain Goats play at Brighton Coalition this week and they were AMAZING. One of the best acts I’ve seen live, I think. John Darnielle’s lyrics are just incredible. Happily, someone has uploaded some of the songs from the gig. This was my favourite of the night.

3. Is it weird that I find the pictures of Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton’s wedding ridiculously cute? They look like Mr Bingley and Jane Bennett! (And he is definitely a Bingley. Sadly, there are no Darcys in the UK government).

4. Amelia Gregory tweeted this picture of these bicycle biscuits from Harts Bakery in Bristol earlier this week. They are immense.

5. Sarah Duff is a South African historian who has written the very interesting and thought-provoking post, Whose Slow Food? It definitely relates to and has added to my thinking around supermarkets, and the relationship between women’s work and environmentalism.

6. Tom Hanks and Amy Poehler both gave brilliant Class Day speeches at Yale and Harvard respectively this week. Why don’t we get A-list celebs speaking at our graduations, eh? EH?

7. I finished the excellent book Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman this week. Ridiculously original, incredibly mad, slightly uneven but well worth reading.

Right, I am off to make some brownies. Should take the edge off those two applications I have to write this evening…

hanna ♥




Super Sunday

26 Sep

1. This is Emmy the Great. Er… I LOVE HER. She makes lovely music. She wears big knitted things. She is half English, half Chinese (’tis all about the half asian invasion). And she is now a big fan of Climate Rush! I have heard on the grapevine that she is looking for a “climate action presence” at her gigs next year, so we might be climate suffragetting it up at an Emmy the Great gig near you. How bloody cool is that?

2. Frozen yoghurt and napping on the beach on sunny Wednesday was pretty super.

3. I was really moved by MummySam‘s craft project this week. She is sewing journal entries, expressing the feelings that come up in trying to raise a child with Asperger’s. Do read her blog about it here.

4. Here is a short video of me being a Green Dragon at the Wipe Out Waste Awards last week. There will be a longer video soon where we were all encouraged to look super scary and evil so I can’t wait for that one! The bit where I stand up and do a funny twizzle is where I am explaining that my jacket came from a charity shop!

5. I bought a typewriter. “Hipster idiot” you may be thinking but AHA you are wrong. For I have no illusions of typing away on this into the night (although Cormac McCarthy wrote all his novels using just such an Olivetti 32 so it can’t be half bad) but I am going to use it to make nice business cards and badges etc for my upcoming craft project. Plus it looks soooo pretty.

6. Ed Miliband is leader of the Labour party! I actually think that’s quite super. I wish we had less “career” politicians and more who had gained experience contributing to their community in some way, but I think he’s a nice guy, he listens and he’s always made time for us at the climate change conferences as UKYCC.

Funny anecdote – back in 2008 at the conference in Poznan,we had our first meeting with him (where he bought us all beer! Way to get the youth on side). He was 3 months into the job of Energy and Climate Change minister and seemed very unsure of himself. Obama had just been elected, and Ed lamented that we had no one in the UK like him. I said that the opportunity was there for him, the door was open and all he had to do was walk through it. He actually put his head in his hands (!) and said, “I know, I know. You’re right.” I don’t know if he would remember that exchange, but it’s funny to think that we were probably witnessing a slow realisation in him that he needed to step up.

7. I have been listening to She & Him: Volume Two on repeat for the last couple of months. You may have heard Zooey Deschanel’s silver tones before in that much lauded film, Elf. This is her folky two piece band and I rahlly like it.

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

12 Sep

1. Wednesday was my last day at Otesha as Programmes Manager (although I’ll be back on a part time basis in a couple of weeks time on the exciting new Gear Up programme – more on that to come soon). Jo got me a sweet leaving present – a pattern to make my very own Charlie Angels’ outfit? Anyway, I’ll have a crack at it! It would be amazing to be able to make a shirt. Although it does upset me that people used to wear waistcoats like this.

2. I’ve seen Kate Tempest at every festival I’ve been to this summer. She is a spoken word genius who actually made me quite teary at Latitude and her band, Sound of Rum, is super fun. It was great to see them again at Bestival this weekend. Check them out.

3. Recently I’ve been following a blog called Seablanket which features different vintage, handmade and vegan baking tidbits – basically right up my street. The author is called Chelsea and I LOVE her tattoos. I think they are my favourite ones I have ever seen. I wish I was brave enough to get something like this.

4. Here are the “Before” pictures of my flat! Look how chintzy it is, blimey. But, Reader, you will be AMAZED when I’m done with it. At least, I hope you will.

5. I have mentioned Mountain Man before, but I actually saw them live at Bestival this weekend and they were the only band that sent shivers up my spine. Horribly talented.

6. Talking of leaving presents, Anna made me a very beautiful one. It’s the picture above, spray painted onto a Jane Fonda record sleeve. It sounds weird but it’s great. The writing says “No one is free until all of us are free” which is a line from a workshop I run on anti-oppression. I love it. As you can see, somehow the picture also ended up spray painted on a wall in Stoke Newington. I have no idea how it got there.

7. I read today that Ed Miliband is inching it over David in the polls for the Labour leadership. I’m pretty pleased and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he gets it. I first met Ed in 2008 in Poznan at the UNFCCC and again a couple of times earlier this year. He had really developed in his ideas and general patter during that time and although I by no means think he is revolutionary, he really did listen to us as UK “youth” concerned about climate change and I can only hope he would take that into his leadership role. You can see me here scaring the bejeesus out of him at our youth meeting with him in January where I rap about him being dead. I know. It may be as bad as I make it sound, you can be the judge.

hanna ♥

Spotlight on Debating Climate Ministers

27 Apr

This is cross-posted from The Multicultural Politic

On Wednesday 21st April at the Guardian Climate Minister Debate in London, the room was crammed with the luminaries of the climate world. 10:10OxfamWWFGreenpeaceClimate RushGreen Alliance and the UK Youth Climate Coalition were there, as well as environmental journalist George Monbiot waiting like an attack dog in the front row, ready to pounce.

First impressions? Well with three very-nicely-spoken men standing behind the podiums making gentle jibes at each other, I thought I had perhaps stumbled into a boys’ school debate. Ed Miliband, current Energy and Climate Change Minister, was the enthusiastic and slightly domineering head boy; Greg Clark, shadow minister, the one who didn’t know all the answers and was regularly found cheating on his homework; and Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes, the rebel who was just crying out for a leather jacket and a fag to puff on.

While Ed and Greg, arguably the only ones who might actually find themselves in the job in a month, introduced themselves with bombast about “widening the circle of the committed” and courting the various campaigners in the room, Simon was free to get down to business. He made the point that this parliament would be the last who had a real chance to make change and protect our environment, and that we needed “joined-up thinking  – we can’t recover from the economic crisis without solving the climate crisis”. Hear hear.

So who measures up?

Let’s see. Here are a few of the points they debated.

Third runway at Heathrow – Ed was for (although interestingly I think he is toeing the party line here as when Labour were making the original decision I heard he was dead against it), Greg and Simon against. The big difference however, which Ed pointed out, is that although the Tories are against the third runway at Heathrow, they are very much for expansion of other airports, so there would be no cut in carbon emissions there. Simon, on the other hand, said that the Lib Dems would limit airport expansion in the whole of the South East. The Lib Dems are also proposing an interesting tax on planes, not passengers, to discourage half-empty, gas-guzzling flights.

Climate Sceptics – Oh goodness, did Greg get himself in a muddle here. Faced with the statistic that a third of Conservative MPs don’t even believe that climate change is happening, Greg Clark just opened and closed his mouth like a fish out of water. Ed, however, said that it was the responsibility of all politicians to come back to the science and Simon suggested we all need to become much better mobilised against the right wing press.

Energy – Prompted by a question on peak oil and a grilling by George Monbiot on fossil fuel extraction, our ministers found themselves discussing and defending all sorts. Ed accused Conservative councils of turning down a third of all wind turbine applications (except that still leaves two thirds, which presumably Labour and the Lib Dems are turning down as well – seems there are NIMBYs in all parties). Simon was the only one to mention the tar sands in Canada and the disgrace that they are, and Greg dropped a clanger by saying that letting his constituents oppose wind farms was merely “going with the grain of human nature”. Pity that the grain of human nature is currently heading for the extinction of human nature though, isn’t it?

Zero carbon Britain – “By what date would Britain become zero carbon, according to each of the parties?” Well, Labour doesn’t have a date but insists that they will cut emissions by 80% by 2050. Lib Dems see a zero carbon Britain by 2050, and would achieve this through personal carbon allowances, which they want to start piloting in small phases next year. I don’t think Greg had ever entertained the idea of Britain becoming zero carbon, as he just looked pretty surprised by the whole thing.

The Guardian poll afterwards gave about half the vote to Ed and half to Simon, with a small minority voting for Greg. I think Simon pipped it for me – like a climate version of Jerry Maguire, he had me at “tar sands”.

Don’t Ask Me I’m Just a Minister

14 Dec

This is cross-posted from the UK Youth Delegation to Copenhagen blog

Song for our negotiators

13 Dec

This is cross-posted from the UK Youth Delegation to Copenhagen blog

So here I am, sitting in plenary
With you, our negotiators, sitting in front of me.
Talks offtrack, this is whack, are you taking it seriously?
But it’s alright for you cos you’ll be dead in 2050.

It’s alright for you with your nice family,
Your hotel room for free with a colour tv.

It’s alright for you, so at ease with 4 degrees.
Shrug your shoulders and blame it on the political breeze.

It’s alright for you, you’ve achieved your dream,
Best mates with Ed and Gordon, you’re in the A team.

But I’d like a quick word, cos this is absurd.
The talks at Copenhagen resemble a great, steaming turd…

What about responsibility?
What about your ability to help protect the fundamental rights of humanity?
What about my right to choose to have a family?
Oh yeah, I forgot, you’ll be dead in 2050.

You’ll be dead in 2050
So maybe that’s why
When confronted with the science you just close your eyes.

You’ll be dead in 2050
So maybe you don’t care
You choose not to see our fists raised up in the air.

You’ll be dead in 2050
So maybe you have no fear
But let me remind you, I’ll still be here.