I’ve been a member of the Green Party since 2017 and moved to York in 2021. Most of my working life has been spent in youth work and secondary / adult education. My BEd degree main subject was environmental education.
I’m a keen gardener, enjoy listening to different styles of music but particularly blues and also interested songs concerned with social justice.
For almost the first five decades of my life I was apolitical, thinking that there was not much I could do that would make a difference. I then got involved in the Drop the Debt campaign around the turn of the millennium and realised I could, alongside others, make a real difference.
In 2016 I started reading books about politics. I began with Caroline Lucas’s Honorable Friends? This was followed by Why We Get the Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman. After that I read The Blunders of Our Governments by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe. They were all real eye openers.
I’ve recently finished reading, The Case for the Green New Deal by Ann Pettifor. On the penultimate page she writes,
“It is not enough to care about the environment. It is not enough to analyse the system. Analysis can lead to paralysis. It is not enough to implement the 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. It’s not enough to demonstrate on the streets every Friday.We must do more. We must ‘dirty our hands’ and do the work of politics. We must join political parties and be prepared to organise to seize political power.
Only then will it be possible for societies to plan for and build a new economy.”
That paragraph resonated with me a great deal. For years I’ve cared about the environment and recycled etc and for the last 7 years read as much as I could about our politics both here and abroad. I’ve also written regularly to my MP. But I realised, for the sake of the planet and future generations, I had to do more.