Month: September 2021

  • Electric cars line up in Newton Abbot

    Electric cars line up in Newton Abbot

    Newton Abbot’s first electric vehicle (EV) roadshow held on 25th September was well attended, with lots of people stopping to chat to members of the South West EV Owners Group and others who had brought their cars along. The event, organised by Action on Climate in Teignbridge (ACT) and ChargeWorks, a local electric vehicle consultancy,…

  • Wildlife Warden September Newsletter

    Wildlife Warden September Newsletter

    This month’s newsletter covers a talk on Cirl Buntings by Cath Jeffs, a conservation officer with the RSPB; information about upcoming webinars; the Great Big Green Week events held in Dawlish and Newton Abbot; plus a summary of the projects Wildlife Wardens have taken on around the district.

  • Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    1. Introduction When considering how to mitigate the effects of the climate and nature emergency, or what has to be done to adapt to the effects we can’t mitigate sufficiently, the talk will mostly involve a myriad of practical things like switching to renewable energy, electrifying transport, changing the way we grow and consume our…

  • Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    2. The banks, the government, and that Money Tree Back in the late 1970s, after qualifying as an accountant, I went to work for a large city practice. I was told by those who had experience of them that, if I valued my will to live, I should avoid bank audits. Whilst training I had…

  • Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    3. The mythical government purse Back in the 1970s & 80s, my prime function as an accountant revolved around the concept that tax was an overhead not an obligation and so, according to clients and my bosses, it was my job to keep their tax bills as low as possible. As I developed my own…

  • Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    4. Government “borrowing” As an accountant I was reasonably cautious in advising clients over their finances, but was anything but cautious with my own. I spent several years accumulating maximum balances on credit cards and overdrafts only to resort to what were known as “consolidation loans” in which various banks would lend me the money…

  • Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    5. So what is Quantitative Easing (QE)? Before describing the process, whilst MMT sees QE through a different lens, proponents of MMT are not generally in favour of it. As mentioned above, before 1971, the quantity of pounds the government could put into circulation was limited. This was because, following the Second World War, sterling,…

  • Why are climate and nature getting the short straw with government spending?

    6. Further reading Banks really are magic money trees – an article by Positive Money TED talk by Stephanie Kelton – on deficits not being a problem under MMT Power of the Pound – a video explaining the concept of MMT for the UK Government debt and Covid 19 – an article by Positive Money…

  • Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 6

    Read or listen to Emily Marbaix’s latest podcast, in which she talks about how to create a wildflower meadow, the future for beavers in England, and what we can do individually to combat climate change and species loss.