What We Have Done at
Green World Trust
See the replies from the leader
of the Labour party and the
Treasury to Dragonfly Trust's Proposal
for an eco-tax on petroleum and plastics
GWT has examined the science behind "Global
Warming" (where our CO2 emissions are blamed) and
have concluded overwhelmingly the problem is not the
weather but the science and the politics.
Green World Trust (was Dragonfly
Trust, and before that was Magdalene House
Trust) has been in existence for about twelve years,
the first five years of which were spent in Glastonbury, working
with casualties of modern life.
We achieved a lot of success in rescuing drug and alcohol
abuse victims, counselling those in crisis and "spiritual
emergency", housing the homeless and restoring self-confidence
and self-respect in people who had suffered emotional or physical
We also rescued another charity that was on the verge of
collapse and brought it back to being a fully functioning,
viable operation. For this we established a charity shop and
ran it ourselves, together with volunteers from among the
people we were helping (this was a part of the rehabilitation
During that time we initiated the principle of requiring
housing developers to build “social need housing”
in direct proportion to the total number of houses built on
any one project. This was taken up by the minister for housing
at that time and is now standard practice in several areas.
Becoming aware of the pressing nature of various global issues,
we decided to extend our activities into investigating the
nature of these, and approaches to finding solutions. This
led to the formation of Green World Trust as a little think-tank.
We came to realize how precious our support of each other
was, and how that support reached into whatever we needed
to attend to, whether big or small, enabling us to become
an effective springboard to "Think Global Act Local".
We want to encourage others to do the same as us! We are aware
of the importance of small, local groups everywhere.
Exploring “Think Global and Act Local” in more
detail, we looked at the concept of “Planetary Citizenship”
and an original idea which we refer to as the “Twig
Rating” - a way of rating all products for their cradle-to-grave
environmental impact at the point of sale, thus making manufacturers
responsible for future waste generated from their products.
We are interested generally in waste disposal issues.
We had planned to start a local Transition Towns group. We
examined the issues of Global Warming and Peak Oil, towards
which Transition Towns has arisen as a creative grassroots
response. We then became suspicious about the message of Anthropogenic
Global Warming, and discovered that whereas there was simply
no problem in the climate itself (or rather, cooling in the
years ahead, not warming, might be a problem), there was a
grave problem in Climate Science itself, and its politicization
that has reached epidemic proportions.
We decided to concentrate on issues around tidal energy from
the Severn Estuary, which is local, at the cutting-edge of
technological innovation, very topical, and not dependent
on bad climate science. To date we have looked at the proposals
for a Barrage (which has so many attendant problems it seems
like a non-starter), a "reef" to harvest both incoming
and outgoing tides on a small differential head of water,
and small turbines able to operate in very slow flows.
updated 14 November 2009
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