June 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm (lifestyle)
Tags: building conservation, climate change, conservation, government, Green party, low emissions, nature conservation
Green Party pledge
The Green Party have released details about a new deal that could aid the conservation of our planet, as well as attempting to tackle the issues of mass production and consumption, and economic inequality.
Caroline Lucas from the Green Party has described, in an article in The Guardian newspaper, the types of changes that she would like to propose in the battle against capitalism and the destruction of our environment.
The heart of this approach is centred on rejecting the current government’s plot to make huge budget cuts, especially within the public services.
Instead, the Green Party are suggesting this country invests in a new “green infrastructure”, which would not only help in the fight against climate change and towards nature conservation, but it will also help create a huge number of jobs in the trade sector.
By regenerating every building in the UK to be highly energy efficient and partially self-reliant on their own energy supplies, this scheme could produce a huge number of jobs for numerous trades – such as engineers, plumbers, builders and electricians, to name just a few.
The possibility of implementing a new zero-waste strategy could also help create tens of thousands of jobs in the public service sector, especially for refuse collectors, and the party’s idea to train thousands of people in horticulture in order to produce more locally sourced food, would also produce many more jobs for people in their local areas.
This new Green “deal” is proposed to be funded partly by the new tax revenues generated by the scheme, as well as from private funding, repaid from savings on homeowners’ and businesses’ energy bills.
Could this be the future for an environment-friendly, economic equality-driven society? Only time will tell. Get in touch and give me your views on this proposal.
March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm (buildling conservation)
Tags: building conservation, conservation, nature conservation
Curzon Street Station
Birmingham’s iconic Curzon Street station could be reopening to connect with the new high-speed rail service from Birmingham to London.
Lord Adonis of the House of Lords was reported by the BBC as saying:
“Subject to this consultation, the London terminus for the high-speed line would be Euston [and] the Birmingham city centre station would be at Curzon Street…”
This would seem to be good news for old station, situated at the rear of Millennium Point, as it would not only be back up and running, but it would once again be at the forefront of the cutting edge rail business – as it was when it first opened in 1938.
However, the Birmigham Conservation Trust has warned of a possible clash between building conservation and landscape conservation.
The National Trust in the Thames and Solent region are said to be “dubious” about the proposal, after the BBC reported Patrick Begg – director for the National Trust’s Thames and Solent region – as saying that the route could cause “serious and significant impacts on the landscape”.
The National Trust appears to be fretful about the environmental issues in opening the new HS2 line, and claim that they are “yet to be convinced” that the government have fully taken into consideration the environmental factors surrounding the proposal.
It seems then, that this could be a long and difficult battle between building conservation and restoration and landscape conservation.
Whilst the idea of the Curzon Street Station being conserved and restored to its former glory could heavily sway many of Birmingham’s residents, organisations such as The National Trust will not be alone in flying the flag for the conservation of Birmingham’s natural areas and landscapes.