A Postscript to Honourable Friends?

Honourable Friends? left the t4w book group keen to take action. Here are three suggestions from the author herself for what to do next.

Front cover of Honourable FriendsWhen the book club read Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change, they felt informed, inspired and ready for action. But Honourable Friends? highlights so many areas which need reform, the book group was left scratching their heads and wondering where to start. So we wrote to Caroline Lucas for advice on how to respond positively to the book. Here are her three suggestions.

Talk to people about politics

Politics is everywhere – from the price of a pint of milk to the quality of local services – but most people don’t think of themselves as ‘political’. A common reaction to Honourable Friends? is disbelief – people simply can’t believe that Parliament still operates the way it does. But, quite quickly that disbelief tends to turn to anger – and the feeling that something must be done. By talking to our friends and neighbours about what’s wrong with politics we can all channel our collective anger into positive actions – from community campaigning to running for elections.

Divest your pension

We need to leave around 80% of fossil fuels in the ground to stand a realistic chance of limiting global warming to two degrees. By campaigning for your pension to be divested from coal, oil and gas you can use the power of your savings to combat climate change.

The campaign group ShareAction has a brilliant online tool which allows you to write to your pension fund asking them to divest from fossil fuels and engage with the companies they invest in over social and environmental concerns.

Take direct action

Writing to your MP and going on demonstrations isn’t always enough. I believe that when injustice becomes law then taking non-violent direct action is sometimes necessary. In the near future we’re likely to see draconian legislation about picket lines (for strikes) come into force, and further fracking threats up and down the UK. Peaceful resistance has a long and rich history here in the UK and it’s important that we keep the tradition alive.