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Why a Green New Deal is Needed...Now.
In the face of the world’s climate emergency, a Green New Deal has been proposed to address it.
AHEAD of CommonSpace’s forum on a Green New Deal on Thursday 29th August, and the launch of the Scottish Green’s proposals for a Green New Deal which is also being published on Thursday, CommonSpace spoke to Common Weal’s Dr Craig Dalzell about why the Green New Deal is so urgent, and what it will entail for Scotland.
Building Community Resilience - the Vasudhaiva Way
What skills do communities need to lift themselves up?
BEN AND PRASHANT have ridden from India to Scotland on motorbikes, running community-led projects and leading training workshops in all the countries in between.
Inspired by the Sanskrit phrase Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means the whole world is one family, the Vasudhaiva ride has supported community activists, shared skills, and created lasting reminders for the communities they have travelling among.
What stands in the way of a Labour-SNP pact to oust Boris?
Jeremy Corbyn has released a plan to oust Boris Johnson, with a no confidence vote and general election.
BUT what stands in the way of this plan?
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray takes a look.
The CommonSpace Show - with Michael Gray
The CommonSpace Show explores the state of play in unionist Scotland in the era of Boris Johnson
IN THE FOURTH EDITION of The CommonSpace Show, David Jamieson and Rhiannon J Davies are joined by law student and former CS journalist Michael Gray.
We discuss the week's big stories - struggling high streets, the dropping value of Sterling, and Boris's reception in Scotland.
The show also features a visit to East Renfrewshire, to discuss Boris, Brexit and Scottish Independence.
Govan's Water Row: Gentrification or Community Asset?
Proposed development in Govan is being contested.
COMMONSPACE met with Living Rent Govan to get the community's views on new waterside development 'Water Row'. With the displacement of the Showpeople of Govan, and the removal of the Govan Saturday market, there is some contention over whether the development is for the people of Govan.
Living Rent is contesting the development and the developer's consultation process, and will be holding their own community consultations for people to have their voices heard.
'No Evictions' Campaigners: the Fight for Asylum Housing Rights
Serco evictions planned for this Friday.
WITH Serco expected to begin the lock change evictions this Friday the 12th July, CommonSpace caught up with Living Rent campaigners to talk about the work being done on the 'No Evictions' Campaign.
Lift The Ban: Campaign Fighting to Give Asylum Seekers the Right to Work
The Lift the Ban campaign fights for the right to work for asylum seekers
CURRENTLY people seeking asylum are banned from working while they await a decision on their asylum claim. Many wait years for a decision, and are left to live on £37.75 a week, with little opportunity to integrate into our communities.
CommonSpace spoke to Pinar Aksu from Maryhill Integration Network about the Lift the Ban campaign, and what policy changes they are calling for.
What Can a 1930’s Film Tell Us About Austerity?
COMMONSPACE talked to Colin Edwards about the film 'Make Way For Tomorrow', which highlights the precarity of some people's lives in the face of austerity, through through the lens of the Great Depression of the 30’s.
Still as relevant today as it was then, Director Leo McCarey uses comedy to dissect inter-generational tension, as an elderly couple loses their home and they have to move in with their children.
Who Is Choosing Our Next Prime Minister?
May’s official last day as Prime Minister was Friday 7 June
AS THERESA MAY steps down from her position as Prime Minister, Conservative Party members will choose who gets to run the UK.
But who are they and how well do they represent the population?
Is this what democracy looks like?
CS Forum: Climate Change - How Do We Turn Words Into Actions?
COMMONSPACE’s May Forum tackled climate change and how we can convert words into actions, with immediate effect.
In recent weeks, we have seen the Scottish Government back the Green New Deal, commit to cutting greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2045 and declare a climate emergency. But will these promises be backed up by a solid and credible action plan? How do we ensure it’s not empty rhetoric? There is no time to delay.