covid-19

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.

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.