Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Chief Minister designate and the environment.

Sometimes it is what isn't said that tells you most about what is happening.  Read the Chief Minister designate's piece from the order paper for tomorrow's States  sitting at

If you want the key highlight, or is that lowlight?, I have written a short letter as Chair of the Jersey Climate Action Network to send to all the new Ststes members.  The second paragraph reads
In the Chief Minister designate's statement on the order paper for 

tomorrow's States meeting the word environment does not appear 

once in ten pages. Neither does climate. Sustainable does appear 

twice :

page 3 sustainable job opportunities 

page 5 for sustainable growth.   

That's it folks.  The environment, ecology, sustainability (in the real meaning - 'sustainble growth' is a contradiction) have no significant place in the next 3.5 years in policy in Jersey.

The only question we need ask is whether we take that lying down, or to paraphrase  Shakespear, in Hamlet

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?  To die, to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks.