Shape the future of Bright Green
Since relaunching in January 2019, Bright Green has published 390 articles.
We’ve covered social movements ignored by the rest of the media – from climate strikes in China to workers organising for justice in Bangladesh.
We’ve published interviews and comment pieces from leading figures on the British left – including former Green MEP Alex Phillips, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price and Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie.
We’ve run stories examining the role of the radical and green left in the Labour Party before and after Jeremy Corbyn.
We’ve produced resource guides to help inform and educate people on everything from ecosocialism to the oil economy.
We’ve run election night live blogs to give comprehensive and regular updates on the fate of Green Parties and the wider left.
And we’ve produced our ever popular round up of Green news on a weekly basis for over a year.
Now, Bright Green is taking another step forward. We want to make Bright Green bigger and better than it has ever been, reaching far more people, contributing to and shaping new debates, and branching out into new forms of content. In doing so, we want to triple the number of people who read Bright Green every single month.
To do this, we’re currently thinking of delivering the following:
- An updated, faster and more modern website
- Having a paid editor to significantly increase Bright Green’s outputs
- Producing video content
- Producing podcasts
- Running more interviews with figures from across Green Parties, the labour movement and social movements
- Organising face to events – such as panel debates, workshops and speaker events
- Training for writers, editors, journalists and reporters
We want to know what you think about this, and get your thoughts on what you’d like to see Bright Green deliver going into the future.
That’s why we’re asking you to take just 2 minutes to take a quick survey to let us know what you want from Bright Green from now on.
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A long view is necessary. The Green Party is concentrating on building an electoral machine, and this is done as if it needs no justification.
There is little point in gaining office in local authorities, which have been systematically stripped of power, most obviously in education. They are now simply administative arms of the central government, with virtually no tax-raising powers. The Party will join all the other parties in the indifference/contempt with which the voters view politics.
Caroline Lucas’ success was a great gain in publcity terms. Electoral deals to try to get some representation for minority parties muddy our identity and message. And what is to be our message, beyond vote for us or some other nice people in the hope that we can influence events? We no longer have a claim to a monopoly of green issues. We have a huge achievement with the rest of the ecological movement to make green awareness mainstream.
We have to present a case for the transformation of the drivers of the economy from capital accumulation and maximum possible consumption which is ruining the world.
That is not easy, but that is what we need to achieve our goals, and if we say to the population vote for us and everything will be dandy, we will not succeed.
We should not jettison our green awareness and green solutions by any means, but the other main thrust should be on policies which redistribute wealth.
Our second flagship policy should be a campaign to have Universal Basic Income set at a level combined with tax policies which would lead to a meaningful redistribution of wealth. Subsidiary to that, reform of the electoral system, where cooperation with others is necessary and desirable.
That might not gain immediate votes. If so, so be it, because without them there will be no solution of our crisis.
Sorry, but the feel of the Party now is reminiscent of the false hopes of the Liberals when they won Orpington, everyone beavering away to little purpose.
Although I am already registered as a subscriber I do not seem to be getting BRIGHT GREEN editions as they are published. Do you publish on a regular basis, i.e. monthly?
There seems to be a lot of ( useful)information sharing.
But I am waiting for suggestions as to ‘action’ plans etc. ?