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News from Shaun Chamberlin

teqs 2 fleming centreShaun has issued an invitation to a seminar on TEQs in the House of Commons (Committee Room 17) at 2pm on the 15th of July.

The joint seminar is being held by the All Party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) and the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG).

TEQs is an electronic system that would guarantee that a nation meets its emissions reductions targets, ensure fair access to energy for all, and support the active participation and cooperation of citizens and all other energy users in rapidly reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Read more:

The event will be chaired by Alan Whitehead MP, and will take place at the House of Commons (Committee Room 17) from 2pm-3:30pm on Tuesday 15th JulyFull details here. 


Shaun ChamberlinTEQs’ Managing Director
Dr. Tina FawcettEnvironmental Change Institute, Oxford University
Prof. Michael GrubbCambridge University Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (invited)Please reply to Neha Nijhon at the APPCCG Secretariat either by email or telephone: +44 (0)20 7833 6035.


Read the latest TEQs newsletter here:


News from Geoff Tansey

Geoff writes:

Every year in December and early January, I get lots of letters from friends and family updating me on their news for the past year. Most are only of interest to friends and family. But this year, news in one of these e-mailed letters could make a huge difference to tens, maybe hundred of millions of people in India.

gt satheesh writing“It was a year that took me to great heights of happiness when India passed a brand new Act called National Food Security Act which for the first time in our history recognised millets as food security grains of the country and put them firmly in India’s Public Food system”, wrote P. V. Satheesh, from Pastapur village, about 100km from Hyderabad, on the Deccan Plateau in Andhra Pradesh.

The challenge now, says Satheesh, is to start a process of decentralised procurement of food grains to ensure small farmers benefit from this change. They don’t want to see supply of millets captured by corporations that become the sole contractors for supplying millets to government granaries.

As a start they have been invited to begin a pilot in decentralised procurement and distribution by the government in the southern state of Karnataka in two districts where Ragi and Jowar are popular millets. I’m hoping next year’s letter will tell of their success in this pilot and be the beginning of a decentralised, localised food system for India in which the poorest farmers will benefit most.

gt millet complexIn 2013, the Africa – India Millet Network was set up. It will build on the work of the Millet Network of India (MINI), which has worked for a decade to bring millets into India’s public food system, ending the exclusive focus on rice and wheat.

Read the article on Geoff’s website: Millets join India’s public distribution system and new India-Africa links are born


News of Colin Hines

Colin writes in the Guardian: posted under the title ‘Take back control’, on the Political Concern website.

News from Ben Dyson and colleagues – recovering from Glastonbury

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In 2010 the government cancelled a program to rebuild 715 schools, because they’d run out of money. But at the same time the Bank of England had created £375 billion of new money through a program called Quantitative Easing. Instead of this money being spent on something useful, it was pumped into the financial markets, benefitting the richest 5% but doing almost nothing to create jobs and stable economic recovery.

Why does the government cancel essential projects because “there’s no money”, while at the same time the Bank of England was able to create more new money than the entire government spends in 6 months?

Why is it that the power to create money is used to blow up property bubbles and boost financial markets, but not to do the things that we actually need?

Our latest video explains how things could have been done differently and why it’s so important to campaign for a better monetary system… in the years following the financial crisis, the UK wasted £375bn on a failed scheme to stimulate the economy and end the recession. This was one of the biggest missed opportunities in history. Here’s how it happened:

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And don’t miss: Why we disagree with Ann Pettifor:


News from Christine Parkinson

Christine Parkinson2Christine sends an update of progress in the Birmingham-based projects she is involved in: Gilgal Refuge; Bethel Health & Healing Network; Jericho Foundation: Stepping Stones; Good Neighbour Centre. The five organisations, all working with marginalised groups, have recently been in discussion about setting up a consortium, to provide mutual support, be involved in joint fund-raising and to share back-office functions.

The women’s refuge has recently moved to larger accommodation, where they will be able to offer additional bed-spaces to women (and their children) fleeing domestic abuse. Bethel has also been moving forward, by agreeing a one-year contract to deliver their doula support project for vulnerable pregnant women, with Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group. The consortium itself is looking to purchase a building in Small Heath, where Bethel will be based and where the consortium projects will be able to work together in fund-raising and other joint activities.

Christine spends much time these days carrying out fund-raising activities for her son’s Ugandan project, Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network (CYEN), which works among slum children and the rural poor, to raise up future social entrepreneurs, by offering a unique training programme. Hardly a weekend goes by when she is not running a car boot pitch and she tries to put 100+ donated goods on ebay most weeks too.

Christine’s son Ben writes:

This month we have started running the Ashoka Youth Venture clubs. At the moment, seven partners have formed clubs, which are designed to enable them to mentor and develop new young social entrepreneurs.

chrysalis food programmeOur partner in the Changemaker School programme, St Joseph Primary, started the process, becoming one of the first schools in Uganda to do so. I hope this will become a model, and that we shall be able to expand this training to many schools in Uganda. St Joseph have offered us space on their land to expand the work we are doing and an office. Since they are adjacent to us and we are incredibly stretched for activity space, this is particularly welcome.

In the North, we believe that we will have the new Centre in Koro finished by end of June or early July. The follow-up will be the building of two dormitories adjoining the main activity building. The construction is going well, but has had a number of challenges, mainly due to having to rely on the builders working with little supervision. However, when the first building is complete, Patrick will move in there on a permanent basis and supervise building and farming on this location. The lack of available transport in Gulu means that added costs have been incurred.

brian ashoka youthOur Ashoka Youth Venture in Gulu was a huge success recruited almost sixty capable youth living in remote rural areas. We were amazed by the plethora of ideas and enthusiasm the young people had. Brian (left), has a passion to solve local water problems. He says that they have to travel miles to the nearest water source.

These children are rarely given a voice, but now technology can reach them, are we not bound to listen to what they have to say and then empower them to achieve their hopes and ambitions?

There is more information in the latest newsletter here and many photographs.


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News about Julian Rose

Read edited extracts from ‘The Future Is the Farmer’ by Julian Rose on the Wholesome Food Provision website.

The full five-page text may be read here.


News from John Bunzl

Simpol gains new MEPs in the Euro elections

John writes:

john bunzl 4Thanks to spirited campaigning by Simpol-supporters, we increased the number of Simpol-pledged MEPs from 2 to 5 at the recent Euro elections. These are in addition to the 25 UK MPs and MPs from other countries around the world who have already signed the Pledge. In all, 27 candidates from 6 EU countries signed the Pledge in the run-up to the elections. This included first signings from politicians in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.

It was interesting that virtually all the main candidates in Scotland signed up. Once Alyn Smith MEP of the Scottish National Party decided to sign, it seems George Lyon (Scot. LibDem), Catherine Stihler (Labour) and David Martin (Labour) felt compelled to sign too. Testament to the ‘domino effect’ that Simpol is capable of producing!

Simpol is most advanced in the UK but active campaigns are now underway in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, and elsewhere. The campaign presently has supporters in over 100 countries.

Simpol to be presented at Spiral Dynamics Integral meeting in Denmark

Teddy Hebo Larsen, organiser of a Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi) meeting to be held 26-27th June in Copenhagen, has invited John Bunzl to present Simpol.

The meeting, which is to be led by Don Beck, will discuss the relevance of SDi to many of today’s global issues and to the perspectives on them taken by different cultures.

National campaigns recently operational, or soon to start, are:

Simpol Norway. Contact: Tore Hofstad
Simpol Netherlands. Contact: Tijmen Brozius
Simpol Italy. Contact: Gianpaulo Guglielmone
Simpol Iceland. Contact: Arni Karlsson


Further information:

Contact: +44 (0)20 8639 0121


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News from Rianne ten Veen

rianne 3After a decade at Islamic Relief Worldwide (in the international programmes division with secondments on policy, media, governance and advocacy), Rianne now works with Osman Consulting Ltd as Head of Research and continue to deliver Open University inter-disciplinary modules on the environment, ethics and development.

Osman Consulting Ltd is a private company with a humanitarian heart focussing on its core work, spending no time on fundraising and accepting no donations.

It  is an independent social enterprise founded in the UK in 2008, providing technical expertise and consultancy in disaster management, humanitarian and post conflict rehabilitation for ‘humanitarian community stakeholders’.

osman consulting headerInternational disaster management expert, founder of Osman Consulting Ltd and Visiting Lecturer of Disaster Management at University of Birmingham (UK), Moustafa Osman, has extensive experience in responding to complex emergencies and natural disasters and working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action.

moustafa osmanHe is now focusing on expanding Osman Consulting, working on UN assignments and for other major humanitarian agencies (e.g. UN OCHA, UNESCO, DRC, Human Appeal, AMU, Save the Children) – currently in the increasingly troubled Erbil, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

Services focus on:

(1) Humanitarian training and capacity building;
(2) Humanitarian research;
(3) Humanitarian supplies;
(4) Humanitarian operational management.

OC has worked with/for UN agencies, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, INGOs, Government departments, and national NGOs, including ICRC, DRC, Save the Children, UNESCO, Human Appeal International, Arab Medical Union (AMU), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Saudi-Arabian Government, UAE Government, Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), Iraq Red Crescent, INEE, Sphere, IRC, UN OCHA, Qatar Charity, WAMY.

In 2013 Osman Consulting Ltd undertook work with 19 clients in 15 different countries, including Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Vietnam, Somalia, Saudi, Arabia and Iraq. Its second newsletter summarises some of the work done in the second half of the year.#