Everyday Democracy and the Environment – a series

Avery Underwood

Monday, 23 April 2018

This blog series seeks to explore some of the fascinating work being achieved by various environmental NGOs in the UK, and builds on our growing Everyday Democracy project. Everyday democracy is about the broadening of our political power base; it is about expanding democracy, beyond the parliamentary realm and into society more broadly. It is about people having their say about how they would like things to be run and operated in a fairer, more democratic way which doesn’t just suit a few individuals. Through normalising the spirit and values of democracy into our everyday lives, we not only give people the chance to experience what democratisation feels like, and the impact it can have on people’s wellbeing, we also collectively practise the skills of democracy, in order to build our democratic muscle.

These blog posts are based on several interviews with representatives of campaigning groups within the environmental sector, all of whom are practising everyday democracy. Below is the order of appearance. A new post will be published weekly:

 

  1. Green Schools Project – Henry Greenwood (founder)
  2. Women’s Environmental Network – Kate MetCalf
  3. Ecotricity- Patrick New (Managing Director, retail)
  4. 10:10- Leo Murray (Director of strategy) and Max Wakefield (lead campaigner)
  5. NUS Sustainability- Jamie Agombar (Head of Sustainability)

This blog series aims to unearth the roots of these organisations, examine the important work they do and their achievements to date, and find out how everyday democracy could benefit the environmental sector. There is an interesting intersectionality between democracy and the environmental sector, and this is the foundation and inspiration for this series.  

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