The world has now woken up to the environmental implications of ‘plundering the planet for profit’ as John McDonnell put it in his 2007 book – far ahead of his time in this respect.
At the end of his chapter, ‘Plundering the planet for profit’, he proposes:
- developing an energy system based on local energy production, clean coal technology and wherever possible powered by renewable energy sources,
- producing food in this country where possible instead of importing it from distant countries,
- homeworking and video-conferencing instead of commuting long distances and flying abroad,
- using public transport instead of driving,
- reclaiming social ownership and control of our public transport, prioritising social and environmental goals,
- encouraging manufacturers to produce durable and repairable goods.
- ensuring that every home is energy-efficient and that houses are built to the highest environmental standards with the ability to generate their own power or served by local combined heat and power systems,
- regulating industry, housing and planning with environmental concerns central to decision-making and
- devolving power so that communities have the power to protect their local environment, setting enforceable carbon emissions and environmental targets.