It's not about hair shirts

Hopefully the notion that Greens have to dress in itchy sack-like garments and old boots is way out of date. There are Green fashionistas out there, indistinguishable from everyone else. The fashion industry itself is coming to realise that it needs to do something about its environmental impact. Much of what we read in the mainstream press is about high-end brands and clothes costing hundreds of pounds. Meanwhile high street brands are also taking small actions to lessen their impact – and improve their reputations. But that doesn’t mean that how we do clothes is all OK. Even clothes made from natural fibres have huge environmental impact. Cotton may not be a plastic like polyester or acr

Humanising healthcare

A review of Humanising healthcare: Patterns of hope for a system under strain by Dr Margaret Hannah Nigel Lawson famously once remarked that the NHS is the nearest thing we have to a national religion, and it is certainly true that it has a unique place in British society and in our affections. But it is also true that, like all health systems in the developed world, it is increasingly under strain. This has of course been enormously exacerbated by the coalition Government’s unnecessary, expensive and counterproductive ‘reforms’ of 2013, and the many years of sub-inflationary funding growth. But there are deeper problems with our approach to health and health services, which Margaret Hannah

Funding Reduction at The Zink Project

High Peak charity, The Zink Project, helps people to move out of poverty and make a new life for themselves. Last year alone, 80 long term unemployed people with complex problems were supported into work, 1200 High Peak people received food parcels and 150 were helped to sort out problems that were causing poverty. In addition, Zink saw around 600 attend one of its monthly community cafés, some of these are foodbank users, homeless, isolated or living in poverty. Reductions in funding could mean that The Zink Project has to cut services meaning more High Peak people remaining in the poverty trap. To give an idea of figures, The Zink Project costs around £160,000 a year to run. If the 80 peop

Make space for wildlife

Gardens are important for wildlife. In many areas, including in parts of the Peak District, a modest garden can home more variety of wildlife than the open countryside. They are particularly important for bees and other insects. As we know, insects are important pollinators that are needed for the success of many types of food plant. They are also an important source of food for many birds and small mammals. They are under a global threat from insecticides, loss of biodiversity and a changing climate. How can we make our gardens more friendly for insects and other wildlife? Find room for a few native plants. Often dismissed as weeds, our native species are the ones that insects and othe

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