Harold Stone

Harold Stone

Harold Stone is a freelance writer focusing on ecology, politics, rewilding, cities and edible insects.

Some Hope For Our Living Planet

Some Hope For Our Living Planet

Conservationists, scientists, farmers and psychologists met yesterday at London Zoo to discuss the future of our planet and its capacity for sustaining life. Despite grim forecasts of a Mad-Max-style landscape, those speaking at the event offered some hope as they outlined our potential survival strategies. The one day symposium revolved...

The Making of a National Park City

The Making of a National Park City

Apparently everyone wants London to become a National Park City. 85% of Londoners think it’s a good idea, 203 of London’s wards have declared their support, and hundreds of community groups, businesses, charities and environmental organisations are keen. Not only was it one of Sadiq Khan’s election pledges as Mayor of London, it...

Corbyn Wins – What Next?

Former underdog Jeremy Corbyn is on course to beat challenger Owen Smith and will most likely be re-elected leader of the Labour Party next week. But then what? From purges to merges, deselections to elections, here are ten things to keep an eye on: 1. Reselections It used to be the case that before...

Trump is America’s Brexit

Obama recently delivered one of the biggest speeches of his life, and one of the most damning criticisms of Donald Trump to date. After eight years of being heckled by "The Donald" and his fellow conspiracy theorists, this one was personal. Around 45 minutes he spelt it out with these bold words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aip0BAWrdLw&feature=youtu.be&t=40m43s "That's...

Post-Brexit Alliance Building

Something exciting happened on Tuesday night. Four politicians from four big parties (Green, Labour, SNP and Lib Dem), along with Amina Gichinga and John Harris, came together to start building a Progressive Alliance. There should be another general election in the next year. A Progressive Alliance could see Labour, SNP, Lib Dem, Green, Plaid Cymru, Sinn Féin...

Brexit endorsements explained by Wikipedia

Brexit endorsements explained by Wikipedia

While everyone else has been busy mudslinging, Wikipedia has produced a very balanced list of everyone who has made an endorsement during this EU referendum: Endorsements in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016 Here are some highlights... BREMAIN BREXIT International Politicians President of the USA Prime Minister of Canada Prime...

Vote Beaver: Slow The Floods

Vote Beaver: Slow The Floods

Our MPs have just finished their inquiry into flooding and concluded that a “proactive approach to flooding is needed”. The report published this morning by the Environmental Audit Committee exposed the Government’s knee-jerk reaction to flooding. During the last Parliament funding was cut just before floods, only to be "increased" after the...

Yorkshire Sacrificed to Fracking

Yorkshire Sacrificed to Fracking

“Fossil fuels are so inherently dirty and toxic, that they require sacrificial people and sacrificial places, they always have.” These are the words of environmental activist Naomi Klein, delivering the Edward Said lecture in London earlier this month. As if following her cue, yesterday an alliance of fossil fuel politicians and...

Global Warming Is Good For The Economy

Global Warming Is Good For The Economy

Global warming is spiralling out of control at the same time as our politicians try to figure out the best way to “maximise the economic recovery of oil and gas”. These aren’t just regular politicians doing this, these are politicians on the Energy and Climate Change Committee. Yesterday in parliament, fossil...

Boaty McBoatface Will Live Inside David Attenborough

Boaty McBoatface Will Live Inside David Attenborough

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has found a compromise on the controversial naming of its new polar research ship. Boaty McBoatface will live on as an unmanned underwater vessel, spending most of its time stored within RSS Sir David Attenborough. https://twitter.com/bisgovuk/status/728500969722552320 Last month the NERC successfully engaged with the public by democratising the naming of their new research...