Growing a Greener Economy

Articles on the theme of Growing a Greener Economy in Scottish Left Review 89, published in September 2015, are now available through the links below. They come from leading trade unionists, environmentalists and socialists and are offered as the foundation for a serious engagement between environmentalists and the left. The guest editorial by Matthew Crighton and Eurig Scandrett asserts that some of the foundations for such a closer alliance are being laid in the attention which the environmental movement is giving to economic issues. Comments are welcome – to do so join the Reinvent Our Economy online forum by going to bit.ly/reinvent-scotland

Can green and red unite to save our planet and change the world?  Matthew Crighton and Eurig Scandrett 

Unions essential for a socially and environmentally just economy  Richard Leonard of GMB  

Transitions to a sustainable economy  Richard Dixon of Friends of the Earth Scotland  

Better not bigger: building a greener economy beyond consumption  Katherine Trebeck of Oxfam 

A balanced energy policy  Dave Watson of UNISON Scotland

Rediscovering municipal socialism as the key to democratic energy transition  Andrew Cumbers, Glasgow University

Democratic and accountable banks  Gemma Bone and Ric Lander of Friends of the Earth Scotland

A healthy transition to sustainability  Gerry McCartney  

Fighting capitalist climate change  Chris Baugh of PCS

What are the main barriers to an environmentally sustainable economy in Scotland and key steps to overcoming them?  Sarah Boyack MSP, Scottish Labour Party, Patrick Grady MP, Scottish National Party, Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Green 

Being ambitious, rising to the challenge to transform our economy  Matthew Crighton

Environmental justice: uniting against a common enemy  Eurig Scandrett, Queen Margaret University

 

Engaging with established economics  Phoebe Cochrane of Scottish Environment LINK  

Why do environmentalists need to understand economic alternatives? Andy Myles from Scottish Environment LINK, Helen Todd of Ramblers Scotland and Liz Murray of Global Justice Now

 Toxic economy Morag Parnell