A Green's view of the world, based in Knaresborough, UK.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The debate last thursday was a good thing if it helped increase interest in politics.Nick Clegg came out marginally better than the others,BUT, if the Green leader, Caroline Lucas,had been on stage she would have outshone them all.Clegg said he would do things differently – BUT, how differently?All three still cling to the idea of economic ‘growth’.The Greens know that we have to change our ideas fundamentally if we are to climb out of recession without massive job losses and/or more damage to the environment.It was Caroline who came up with the term Green New Deal which the old parties have now adopted, but - the Greens’policies actually hang together.ALL the old parties forget that the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.We forget this at our peril. We can’t continue with infinite growth on a finite planet.
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.