The newly appointed Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Milliband, gave a talk on Monday 24th November to the Environment Agency conference in London. In it he pointed to the essentail role that Transition Towns are playing.
He said “We need people not just to come with us, but to push us for more. We need popular pressure – pressure on me, on local councillors, on our public services and businesses.”
He went on to say that “Movements come from individual experiences which raise consciousness of the issues and are translated into bigger demands. So local campaigns and action whether it’s the Transition Town movement or pioneering local authorities – are absolutely essential. Not just because they are important in themselves but because they can help create a movement for change.
After much blushing to be cited in such august company, Rob Hopkins responded that “it doesn’t however mean that we can let his statement that “we need to show it’s possible to be for growth, for fairness and for tackling climate change” to go unchallenged. Our continued obsession with economic growth is potentially utterly ruinous.”
Milliband concluded with an appeal to activists to keep up the pressure saying that “those who think we haven’t gone far enough, are a crucial part of securing change.”