Next Bookclub: ‘A World of Three Zeroes’ by Yunus – 22nd March 2018

Following the collapse of Carillion, our next book ‘A World of Three Zeroes’ by Muhammad Yunus is prescient. Nobel Prize-winning Yunus pioneered the lending of microcredit in Bangladesh through a bank with the aim of improving social capital. Since then he has successfully extended the social business model into areas as diverse as farming, health-care and green-energy. 

In the book, he makes the case for governments to outsource to social businesses in preference to profit-driven business. Do you think that this could work in the UK?

Yunus also argues that entrepreneurial-driven social businesses are better able to reduce poverty, create employment and solve environmental problems than either governments or profit-driven businesses alone. An interesting proposition for capitalists and socialists alike. Do you agree?

Our next meeting will be on 22nd March 2018 at 6.30pm, at a new venue for us, ‘The Tyneside Coffee Rooms’ on the second floor of the Tyneside Cinema. Light meals and drinks are available, handy if you need to come straight from work.

The meeting is free but please let me know if you can make it so that I can plan numbers for the venue.

Feel free to pass this message on to friends who might be interested.

Marek Bidwell

marek@green-thinkers.org

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“Unfair Trade” by Conor Woodman on 1st June 2017

Our next book will be a new topic for Green Thinkers, delving into the world of social responsibility and global supply chains. Investigative journalist ‘Conor Woodman’ gets under the skin of ethical business in an attempt to find out if the claims stack up.

When: 1st June 2017 (7-9pm)

Where: Town Wall Pub (Library Room, Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne)

Booking: Free event, but spaces limited – email: marek@green-thinkers.org to book a place

Don’t Even Think About It

Our next Newcastle Green Thinker’s meeting follows seamlessly on from our previous book “Thinking Fast and Slow”, looking at the psychology of climate change, and climate change denial.

Book: “dont-even-think-about-itDon’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change” by George Marshall

Date and time: 2nd March 2017, 7-9pm

LocationThe Town Wall pub, Pink Lane, NE1 5HZ. (In the Library Room)

Cost: Free!

To Book: Space limited so book with marek@green-thinkers.org to assure your place.

On the same theme, I would also encourage people to listen to a Radio 4 broadcast called ‘Nothing but the Truth’ by Jo Fidgen about ‘Post Truth’  There is a fascinating story about a republican politician (Bob Inglis) who was voted out of the party after changing his mind to believe in man-made climate change. So, Mr Inglis has a unique take on group-think as it cost him his job.

Marek Bidwell

COP21 and The Burning Question

One of the most helpful books we have read at Green Thinkers bookclub, for understanding the Climate Change debate, was ‘The Burning Question’ by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark.

The Burning Question is essentially: ‘how will the world avoid extracting and burning the $20 trillion worth of fossil fuel reserves we are currently planning to burn, that will emit 2,795 gigatonnes of carbon emissions?’ – a figure that is five times greater that the potentially ‘safe’ limit of an additional 565 gigatonnes to stay below two degrees of warming.

There are some helpful clues in the book, one being the illustration of a train of three carriages: the first ‘consumption’, the second ‘combustion’ and with ‘extraction’ bringing up the rear.

Train image

Trying to slow the consumption and combustion carriages is futile unless the extraction carriage is also slowed down. The effect of was seen recently as the US switched from coal to gas, but continued to extract and export the coal, which was then sold and burnt elsewhere in the world.

Lets hope that any climate change deal today in Paris at COP21 acts on all three parts of the train.

Interested in discussing sustainability issues? Come along to a Green-Thinkers bookclub in your area, or set one up where you live.

By Marek Bidwell

marek@green-thinkers.org

 

‘Feral’ by George Monbiot, 3rd Dec, Nottingham

Feral

Feral

Nottingham’s next Green-Thinkers meeting will be held at The Tapastry, Heathcoat Street, Hockley on Wednesday 3rd December at 6pm.

We will be discussing  Feral : Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life by George Monbiot. For this book we will be asking questions such as:

  • What could you easily do to bring the wild into your life?
  •  How has the book changed your outlook on the British countryside?
  • How do you relate to wild spaces and creatures? Are they something you enjoy or would you rather avoid them?

Please feel free to invite friends and family to come along and join the discussion.

The meeting is FREE, so please email info@hostaconsulting.co.uk to book a place, or click here to join the Facebook group.

Support local business by ordering your book through us from Five Leaves Book Store to get a 15% discount.

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air (7th Jan 2016)

Hot Air ImageOur next Green Thinkers’ discussion will be on 7th January 2016, hot on the heels of the global climate summit in Paris. We will be discussing ‘Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air’ by David MacKay, former Chief Scientific Advisor of DECC.

The book can be either be purchased in hard copy, or read / downloaded for free at www.withouthotair.com where there are also a host of video presentations by MacKay.

Energy is a technical topic and MacKay’s book contains plenty of facts and figures (albeit from 2009) – these will provide useful background information. In our discussion we will ask questions such as:

  • Which energy technologies have the brightest future?
  • Should energy efficiency take priority over air pollution (ref. VW)
  • What has changed in the energy world since 2009?
  • Is it a valid position to be anti-coal, anti-fracking, and anti-nuclear?
  • What ever happened to carbon capture and storage?
  • Where is UK government energy policy heading?
  • Where are global energy markets heading?
  • Your thoughts on the outcome of Paris 2015?

Date: Thursday 7th January (7-9pm)

Location: The Town Wall pub, Pink Lane, NE1 5HZ. (In the Library Room)

Cost: Free!

To Book: Space limited so book with marek@green-thinkers.org to assure your place.