Jonathan Porritt cuts green groups down to size

Feb 8, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Jonathan Porritt in a scathing article on his blog has accused the environmental movement of collectively betraying the public by not supporting the grassroots campaign to stop the forestry sell off. Strong words indeed coming from the former head of Friends of the Earth (whose former employer also does not escape his wrath). In a withering assessment of each he comes to the conclusion that they are either too concerned about their relationship with the Department of the Environment to criticise the sell off or they hope to gain from it. But is he right? READ MORE

The questions about Chilean mining which need to be answered

Feb 3, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

Today the Chilean miner Jose Henriquez and the President of Chile’s chaplain Alf Cooper I heard speak last week met with President Obama at a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Sadly the man organising the “34th Man” Tour, Michael Burke of the Church Mission Society, didn’t think it appropriate for Jose or Alf to answer any of the questions I put to them about what is needed to ensure such an accident never happens again. Questions such as who was to blame for the accident and what compensation had the San Esteban Mining Company paid the miners, why the Chilean government is closing down small mining companies while allowing big global mining companies like Anglo American Chile not to pay money to the governments reconstruction fund and the links between big global Chilean mining companies and the President of Chile’s election campaign. READ MORE

A government that cant see the woods from the trees?

Jan 31, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Environment  //  No Comments

The governments consultation paper on the future of the Forestry estate seems to have done the impossible politically and united left and right, town and country, young and old in opposition to its plans. But above all they have risked the ire of the big beasts in the environmental jungle.  Dame Fiona Reynolds, head of the 3 million-strong National Trust,  has pronounced that the sell-off was “a watershed moment in the nation”. The NT are important because they are considered to be the neutron bomb of the environment movement – they rarely go off but when they do so it has a devastating effect. John Vidal’s article in the Guardian on the subject is well worth reading.

Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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