COVID-19 has spread across the world and affected our day-to-day routines, activities and more. Below is a compilation of resources for support, general reading and material to consider how our world will look post-covid.

During lockdown, we conducted a Build Back Better survey, asking Stroud District residents a series of questions around what they'd like to see post-lockdown.

Click here to see the results!

cloud cafe

Stroud District Green Party have been hosting a series of online events, open to Green Party members and public - with panellists speaking on their area of expertise and a Q&A session for participants to engage.. See below for our last Cloud Cafe or see our YouTube channel for a full history of previous events.

22.07.20 - Black lives matter: beyond the hashtag

Panellists include:

  • Osei Johnson – Artist, activist and creator with a loud voice.
  • Greg Foxsmith – Criminal lawyer in London and co-founder of the Jack Leslie campaign.
  • Sabrina Pace-Humphreys - Public Speaker, Ultra Runner, Personal Trainer and Run Coach.
  • Miriam Lewis - Midwifery student in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Previous cloud cafes

Our YouTube channel is the best place to see all of Stroud District Council videos, including the full serious of Cloud Cafes.

Below is a list of previous Cloud Cafe's to date, with a list of the panellists:

08.07.20 - Build Back Better across Europe

Panellists include:

  • Ville Niinistö - Finnish MEP, Greens Coordinator in #ITRE and former MP, Environment Minister and party leader.
  • Ernest Urtasun - Spanish ecosocialist politician & MEP - Vice President of Greens/EFA.
  • Laura MacKenzie - Senior Parliamentary Advisor on climate, nature, farming, food, post-growth politics & wellbeing economics.
  • Ruth Potts - Author at Green New Deal Group & Lead on GND APPG Reset Inquiry.

24.06.20 - Build Back Better 2 - This time it's local...

Panellists include:

  • Will Mansell - Founder of the Foodbank & social enterprise entrepreneur.
  • Martin Large - Co-founder of Stroud Commonwealth & Chair of Oakbrook Community Farm Co-op.
  • Rebecca Trevalyan – Co-founder of Library of Things and high streets advocate.
  • William Frazer - NFU Gloucestershire County Adviser

10.06.20 - International Response to Covid-19

Panellists include:

  • Miguel Polido - Director of Health Care Services for the Secretary of Health of Bogota, Colombia.
  • Adele Owen - Director of GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
  • Dr Yixian Sun - Lecturer & Assistant Professor in International Development at the University of Bath.
  • Fariba Alamgir - Postdoctoral Researcher for Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath.

27.05.20 - Build Back Better

Panellists include:

  • Cllr Catherine Braun - Green Party District Councillor for Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.
  • Professor Molly Scott Cato - Green Economist and former Green Party MEP for South West.
  • Hugh Barton - Town planner - Emeritus Professor of Planning, Health & Sustainability.
  • David Owen - CEO of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirstLEP).

13.05.20 - Protecting Stroud District Community

Panellists include:

  • Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities representative.
  • Rachel Smith - Leader of the Green Group on Gloucestershire County Council.
  • Dr Richard Dean - Local GP.
  • Chris Jockel - Workplace Occupational Health & Safety expert.

29.04.20 - Civil Liberties in the age of COVID-19

Panellists include:

  • Martin Surl - Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.
  • Jenny Jones - Green member of the House of Lords.
  • Tom Scott - Lecturer and author of a report on abuses of social media during the 2016 referendum.

05.04.20 - Community Response to Covid-19

Panellists include:

  • Molly Scott Cato - Green Party spokesperson on Finance & EU, former MEP.
  • Martin Whiteside - Leader of the Green Group on Stroud District Council.
  • Liz Whiteside - Stroudco.
  • Nick Weir - Open Food Network UK.
  • Catherine Braun – Green Stroud District Councillor, Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.

Molly Scott Cato - Good reads during COVID-19

If you are one of the people who has to do your civic duty by staying at home you might find you have time for some reading. I'm sharing three of my books here so that you can come out of the corona crisis better prepared to campaign for a sustainable future!

The Bioregional Economy (2013).

Re-imagining our economic life so that we achieve maximum well-being for the minimum use of energy and materials. *Spoiler alert* - you get less plastic crap but a closer connection to your local place and your local community.

Green Economy Intro (2013).

A short, ten-page introduction to some of the key ideas of green economics: why economies should be circular not linear, how we determine what is really valuable, and why capitalism is unsustainable.

Green Economics (2009).

A completely different vision for how economics ought to work revolving around social justice and environmental sustainability. Includes theory and policies including citizens' income and land value tax.

Market, Schmarket (2006).

A challenge to the dominant market system, testing the limits of this model - where it works well and where it definitely doesn't. Includes suggestions for alternative organisations including social and cooperative ownership.

Further reading

Green Economist website (2010).

Longer ago than I care to remember I put together a website sharing resources about how, together, we can make the transition to a sustainable economy. It is rather dated but still of interest.

Building a Community Shield to Suppress the Coronavirus (2020).

Molly has compiled a paper which draws on the work of experts in the field, and makes the case for an approach which combines testing with the establishment of ‘community shields’: a network of locally-based community protection schemes, co-ordinated by Public Health England’s regional Outbreak Management Teams, working together with local authorities and GPs, to do the vital work of finding people with the virus, isolating them quickly, and tracing those they contacted.

The paper had contributions from Larry Sanders, Green Party health speaker - Gina Dowding – expert in public health, Richard Lawson – GP and former national speaker and Tom Scott – media and data expert. Along with a foreword from Caroline Lucas, Brighton & Pavilion MP.