GIVE US A (CLIMATE) JOB

If you can find campaigning use for these please do. Also – if you have other green jobs ideas you think could be illustrated like this please comment or email me wolfgang.kuchler@virgin.net.

GIVE US A (CLIMATE) JOB

ELECTION RESULTS 1997-2021

Put this up as a resource if you feel spun at by news analysis. Note that the % of the population registered to vote is not directly meaningful as this figure includes children – so in a way it’s as much an index of how many adults there are as it is of how many people bother to register, or are afraid to register. Interested to hear your comments and analysis in due course (images are snips from Wikipedia – big thanks; population figures from ONS)

registered electorate 43.9 million; population 58.24m – 75% registered
registered electorate 44.3m; population 59m – 75% registered
registered electorate 44.2m; population 60.2m – 73% registered
registered electorate 45.6m; population 62.51m – 73% registered
registered electorate 46.3m; population 64.85m – 71% registered
registered electorate – for local elections – not known but UK general approx 45m
registered electorate 46.8m; population 65.84m – 71% registered
registered electorate 47.6m ; population 66.65m – 71% registered.
SO even after 2 years of being crucified by media and right, Corbyn got more people out than anyone since Blair’s second election. And Blair still had Scottish support, and didn’t have to carry the weight of Brexit. Figures from Wikipedia, and ONS for population.

ELECTION RESULTS 1997-2021

MILLSTONE GRIT

14 years old, head down on a pushbike

set on your goal, to make for the hills

where the soft scruffy lowlands make way for the stone walls

and the becks flash with silver

and the slates shine with rain

Such a lonely beauty

your hands are so cold

but you’re glad to be up here

in the rocks and the fog

down in the lowlands

you wish they could see

away from the hedgerows

how it feels to be free

There is a power inside of you

a driving unstoppable energy

the world isn’t big enough for all you want to give to it

so you ring your bell

and watch the sheep run

Such a lonely beauty

your hands are so cold

but you’re glad to be up here

in the rocks and the fog

down in the city

you know they would see

away from the smokestacks

how it feels to be free

SOME OTHER KID, BELTING UP THE SNAKE ROAD

CROSS THE RESERVOIRS, WHERE THE LANCASTERS DROPPED

AND THE WATERS ROSE, AND THE CHURCH DISAPPEARED

DROP YOUR BIKES IN THE BRACKEN, CLIMB UP FOR THE VIEW

YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW

CAN YOU HEAR THE CURLEW CRY – WHY WHY WHY?

Now you’re out on the top

and it’s such a long way home

to the north and the east

is the land you don’t know

maybe some other kid’s out there up on it

where the limestone gives way

to the millstone grit

CHORUS

MILLSTONE GRIT

3 MILLION CLIMATE JOBS

This page is for resources relating to the forthcoming publication by the Campaign against Climate Change.

Spreadsheet showing how training and workforce can be ramped up, with retrofitted home numbers alongside:

Background information to this:

3 MILLION CLIMATE JOBS

THE MORNING RUN OF THE UNEMPLOYED SOCIALIST MAN

on the 2nd of December 2020 in Bedminster, UK

I’d been resisting – the stress

of looking for work, or

using the time in a way that Cliff would have approved of

and – let’s be honest

getting soft in me old age

but not today – out the door!

It’s cloudy.

Primary school across the road

bittersweet as ever

young teacher in Santa hat and visor

guides the exuberant innocents

i turn onto the pavement (carefully)

and then the cars begin, dozens

like poisonous sharks trying to close in on shore

each with its precious cargo

and fully armed

with excuses

(expletive deleted)

I pass the funeral parlour

where a liveried ambulance waits and i

laugh at the thought of the old guys laughing

in the hospice they run across the road

a one-stop shop until you drop

(dark materials take the heat)

And now i’m on main street, that highway

between hells

chocker with chokers, mostly muscle cars

pumped-up parentals

on the “school run”

(expletive deleted)

still plenty diesel for the schoolkids to breathe in

as they walk alongside

and if it stunts their minds

the guy in the beamer will find a way

to get over it

Had enuf.

Turn into the side streets to run the gauntlet

of the gentry’s shiny hockey sticks

so much to like

so much to feel shit about, i

turn into a jolly little street to see

moms and dads and tiny little feet

walking round to school, and I know

i should be glad

but part of me fills with hate

We are apes

not wolves

we’ll never stop resenting

domination

however gentle

It’s bin day. Everywhere

men my age in Guantanamo suits

roll and drag the detritus of these lives

up and down improbable hills

while the guy in the bay window

checks his mail

So many smells

so little time – what’s that?

Cleansing, wholesome, powerful blast

ammonia from the Last Launderette

wrestles with the refuse and the diesel

if i cared enuf about my lungs i’d be like Rabbit

always on the run

Home, i turn

crossing East Street

Peacocks, my friendly saviours

still – just – open

George’s shutters down tho today’s the day

the beans can hit the toast again

and i’m listening to myself

“judgemental git”

but there’s a pain in it, the pain

of knowing everywhere you turn

there’s a job to be done

And the worst of it is not that

there’s so much, nor that

there’s so many, who don’t want to face it, no

it’s us, we’re all mixed up

hey, that’s ok, it’s complicated (in some ways)

but we’ve got to want to understand

we’ve got to hang on to that

on our side

THE MORNING RUN OF THE UNEMPLOYED SOCIALIST MAN

Passivhaus Exercise

Part of my homework on the AECB’s Passivhaus “Bitesize” course was to take a brief look at a project I had worked on and assess it in terms of PH criteria. The exercise can be downloaded here:

Heroic “watercolour” image of the block’s extensive south-west facing glazing

The assessment appears to show that the basic form of the block could allow a Passivhaus approach. However the south-west facing glazing which isn’t shaded by balconies would benefit from solar shading, and the arrangement of glazing in the block as a whole could be improved.

In terms of building fabric the overall insulation amounts are good, and there is triple glazing, but the nature of the construction (light gauge steel framing on a concrete base) and the known quality (sadly very poor) mean that airtightness in the finished building is likely to be low, ie it will be leaky.

At the same time, even though the building has Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), the actual performance of this will be constrained by the thin section ductwork and long and sometimes complex duct routes. This usually means the system is both less effective and noisier – and if it’s too noisy people may try to switch it off. Then they will either suffer poor air quality or by using the windows in cold weather, excess heat losses.

The design performance if it was all built well gives an energy use of 56.5 kWh per m2 of floor space per annum. This compares with the Passivhaus standard of 15kWh per m2.

Reducing the number of flats on the site to allow better disposition of glazing, more dual aspect flats, and simpler built form, together with a more generous floor-to-floor height with more space for high quality, quieter ductwork, would have allowed a massively better energy performance (using about a quarter of the energy required now), and improved wellbeing.

That would be seven times more than the photovoltaic panels (PV) currently contribute. Or put another way, if PV panels were extended slightly they could contribute more than half the total energy use of a Passivhaus block.

These are all my estimations based on a limited training in Passivhaus, so not to be taken as evidence, but rather food for thought.

Passivhaus Exercise