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“I urge you all to work together – an appeal for the voiceless”

This document was submitted verbally and in writing on to the Public Inquiry, 31st May – 21st June, set up by the Government into the proposal to create a new opencast coal mine at Highthorn, Northumberland. It was a contribution to the ‘Save Druridge’ campaign.

“I urge you all to work together – an appeal for the voiceless”

Submission to Public Inquiry into proposed surface mine at Highthorn, May/June 2017

David W. Golding CBE PhD DSc DCL

More than a decade ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged us all “to work together to find sustainable solutions to avert a catastrophe that will exacerbate human suffering to a magnitude that perhaps the world has not yet seen.” The ‘catastrophe’ to which we was referring was that threatened by climate change…

Archbishop Tutu referred to ‘human suffering’, and rarely has the suffering of the world’s poor been more strikingly portrayed than by the image of Tamirat Abayie and his daughter Zewdie, in the year 2000.

“Zewdie Abayie’s eyes were swollen shut through malnutrition and her delicate skin was no longer able to mask the skeleton beneath. Brushing away flies from her face with a small twig, the little girl stood quietly as, in 2000, her father explained how three years of crop failure in Ethiopia had left his family facing starvation. Pitiably, she attempted a smile for the cameraman.” (Adapted from text by Keith Ewing; image, courtesy Jim Loring, Tearfund)

Zewdie Abayie attempts a smile for the cameraman

[I interrupted my formal verbal presentation at this point and turning first to the Inspector and then to the representatives of Banks Mining and the County Council, said, “I hope that you, Sir, and all the parties to this Inquiry, will forgive me if I ask you to look carefully at the image of this poor little girl and ponder upon it well in the future, as I have done ever since I first saw it”.]

I am aware that concern for human suffering is not been restricted to faith leaders such as Archbishop Tutu and our aid agencies. However, it came like a bolt from the blue when, after I retired from my salaried academic post at the end of 2005, I read the text of a letter from Lord Robert May, then President of the Royal Society, Britain’s National Academy of Sciences, to the G8 leaders, which stated that… to continue, click here.

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Jubilee Debt Campaign comes to Newcastle!

DEBT & ECONOMICS WORKSHOP IN NEWCASTLE, 20th MAY

11am-5.00pm, Saturday 20th May,
Studio A, Newcastle Arts Centre
67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG

There’s still time for you to sign up!

We’ve often supported them (indeed, that’s how we got started, back in 1997), but now we’ve prevailed upon them to come to the North East! And remember, almost all our financial support is provided by JDC; they sponsor both our headline-grabbing ‘Jubilee Development Lectures’ at Newcastle University, and our nationally acclaimed team in the Great North Run (now in its 15th year!).

This will be a fun, informative day, quite different from any of our other events, and will bring you up to scratch with debt in 2017 and enable you to meet others who care about debt and economic justice.

TO REGISTER to attend, either go to
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/debt-economics-education-for-action-tickets-33574765026

OR email Clare at JDC (clare@jubileedebt.org.uk), OR email me, David (d.w.golding@talk21.com).

Further information below:
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DEBT & ECONOMICS WORKSHOP IN NEWCASTLE

Inequality and debt are on the rise – eight men now own as much wealth as half the world’s population. The debt payments of impoverished countries are increasing rapidly and are at the highest level for a decade. Closer to home, PFI debt is having a huge impact on NHS finances and students leaving UK universities now face higher average debts than American students, with the average student graduating with more than £44,000 debt.

This spring, join Jubilee Debt Campaign for an interactive, informative, educational day-long workshop looking at how debt and economics are impacting people around the world in 2017.
• Discuss whether debts should always be paid and understand more about the historical and current connections between debt and inequality.
• Learn about why Ghana’s debt is higher now than it was in 2005 – even after a large write-off – and how NHS debt is linked to global south debt through Public Private Partnerships.
• Importantly, come and hear about debt resistance, positive alternatives and how you can be a part of a global and national movement for debt justice!

This day-long workshop is totally FREE and is part of a series taking place in cities across the UK, to be delivered by debt expert and facilitator Fanny Malinen.

There will be a one-hour lunchbreak, and smaller breaks during the day.

If you have any accessibility needs you would like to discuss please get in touch. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

REMINDER: You need to register to attend – see front page.
Dr David Golding CBE
Development Coordinator for NE-CAP,
& Founder Member of the Board of Trustees of JDC

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Women’s Fairtrade Experiences in Palestine and India

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 5.30pm

Cory Room, Sport Central, Northumbria University

Northumbria University and the Co-operative College invite you to find out how Fairtrade and co-operative production empowers women in Palestine and India, at a special event for International Women’s Day.

For a flyer, click here.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Northumbria University will be hosting two visitors from Zaytoun, a community interest company which finds a market place for Palestinian produce in the UK. Our visitors produce organic and Fairtrade olive oil and almonds, as well as large grain couscous maftoul and spice mix za’atar.

We will also be hosting Veena Nabar who has made a short film about co-operatives and coconut production in the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In addition to hearing about their work there will be chance to sample a wide range of Fairtrade products, network and to ask questions to our speakers more informally.

Admission free, but please book online at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-fairtrade-experiences-tickets-31677707877

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NE-CAP’s Annual General Meeting, Monday 6th March

Annual General Meeting

Monday 6th March 2017, 5.30 for 6.00 pm

Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building,
Newcastle University (access from St Thomas’s Street, Haymarket)

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm

For a Flyer, click here; and for the Agenda & Announcements, click here.

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Entering Ballot for Great North Run

Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative for…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Action on Climate Change’!

For further information, click here.

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part… Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

“This is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians)

No deductions for ‘expenses’!

Generous concessions are available to students!

Opportunity to support actions on humanity’s greatest challenges, via agencies with an outstanding track record!

What other team offers the following?

• On-campus training seminar and social;
• Briefings on kit, health and safety;
• Regular updates on training;
• Advice on preparing for the Big Day;
• Fantastic team photo’s just before the Run and at finish!

Joining the Team:

• Let Dr Golding, Team Manager, know you’re interested – david.golding@ncl.ac.uk

• Go to http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run and click on the green ‘Enter’ button on right of screen.

• Login or complete the registration process (see below), and let Dr Golding know you’ve done so;

• Most of it is straightforward, but where it asks “Do you want to run for SimplyHealth’s nominated charity, Revitalise?”, click “No”;

Ignore the question which asks whether you want to run for a charity in the Great North Run! You do, but it’s Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC), not one of the small number of mega-charities which are shown in the list provided! JDC is one of the hundreds of small charities registered with GNR which are not shown;

If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let Dr Golding know immediately. You’ll have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price (£54).

The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2017, it’s scheduled for Sunday 10th September, two weeks before the start of term.

Team photo just before the Run

Team photo just before the Run

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and to support action on the horrendous humanitarian crises currently in the news. Each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

Raquel and Kristianne at the Finish (2016)

Raquel and Kristianne at the Finish (2016)

A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience.

“Hand on heart, I have to say that [the support given] is an inspiration to everyone ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

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Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative for…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Action on Climate Change’!

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part…

Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

“A credit to our institution. I commend it” (Professor Brink, Vice-Chancellor)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

“This is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians)

Generous concessions are available to students!

No deductions for ‘expenses’!

Joining the Team:

• Let Dr Golding know you’re interested – david.golding@ncl.ac.uk;

• Go to

http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run

and click on the ‘Reminder Service’ button. GNR will then send you a reminder when the General Ballot for places opens;

• Enter the ballot when it opens and let Dr Golding know you’ve done so;

• If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let Dr Golding know IMMEDIATELY. You’ll then have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price (£54).

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The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2017, it’s scheduled for Sunday 10th September, two weeks before the start of term.

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

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Left: At the finish, Raquel de Sousa and Khristianne Greenhalgh, students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (2016)

A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience. “Hand on heart, I have to say that [the support given] is an inspiration to everyone ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.

For photo’s, see below:

Pre-Run – team doing a ‘Mo’ (2015)

Pre-Run, The ‘Professorial Team’ (2016) (l-r): Prof Bernard Golding; Dr Phil Ansell, Dean of Sport; Prof Emma Stevenson; Prof David Leat (Team Captain); Prof Steve Vincent; Prof Phil Taylor.

At the finish: Professor David Leat, Team Captain (2016).

At the finish: fly-past by the Red Arrows – a great sight! (2016).

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MARK THE DATE – Thursday 2nd February

Dear Friends of NE-CAP,

PLEASE MARK THE DATE for our biggest event (correction, events!) since our ‘Service of Thanksgiving and Recommitment’ for Make Poverty History in 2006! These events represent an enormous ‘coup’ for Newcastle University and our regional campaign, so please make every effort to come to one, or preferably, both of the events.

And please spread the news far and wide, by Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Flyer provided here.

THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2017, AT 5.30 pm, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University (immediately opposite Haymarket Metro).

5.30-6.45pm: 4th ‘Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture’ – but come early if you want a seat in the auditorium!

7.30 for 7.45pm, until 9.00pm: ‘Christian Responses to Climate Change – Commentary & Panel Discussion’.

PLEASE NOTE that only liquid refreshments and biscuits will be provided for those wishing to attend both sessions.

For further information, contact Dr David Golding CBE (david.golding@ncl.ac.uk)

4th NEWCASTLE JUBILEE DEVELOPMENT LECTURE

The 4th ‘Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture’, entitled “Ten years after the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change: Looking Back, Looking Forward”, will be given by Lord Nicholas Stern.

The Lecture is sponsored by Newcastle University, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and Jubilee Debt Campaign UK.

CHRISTIAN RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Professor Robert White FRS

Professor Robert White FRS

The Lecture will be followed, at 7.30 for 7.45pm until 9.00pm in the same venue, by “Christian responses to Climate Change – Commentary & Panel Discussion”, chaired by Rt Revd Mark Tanner, Bishop of Berwick. The topic will be addressed under the following headings:

• “Responding with hope”, led by Professor Robert White FRS, Director of the Faraday Institute at St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, and co-author of ‘Hope in an Age of Despair’;

Maria Elena Arana

Maria Elena Arana

• “Responding with compassion”, led by Maria Elena Arana, national Campaign Coordinator for CAFOD;

• “Responding with lifestyle-choices”, led by Jo Herbert, a young activist from Tearfund.

Jo Herbert

Jo Herbert

This event will be sponsored by the Chaplaincies of Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, with the support of the Diocese of Newcastle, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Faraday Institute, Christians in Science, John Ray Institute, BMS World Mission, Tearfund, Northern Baptist Association, URC Northern Synod, North East CALL TO ACTION and other agencies.

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‘Save Druridge’ – Government steps in; sets up Public Enquiry!

To read earlier chapters in this long-running saga, see our posts back in July…

On 8th September 2016, Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, stepped into the row over the proposed new open-cast coal mine near the beauty spot, Druridge Bay, by ‘calling in’ the application and setting up a Public Enquiry.

He could have just ‘waved through’ the County Council’s decision!

We may have had a role in this development, since we concentrated on the global significance of the issue in terms of climate change, providing vehement expressions of opposition to the mine from six leading scientists, and scores of other scientifically literate staff at Newcastle University. And climate change and renewable energy were matters highlighted by the Minister as requiring further consideration – the first time this aspect has been cited in this way!

To read these statements of opposition, submitted to the Inspector by David Golding on 9th November, 2016, click here;

To read David Golding’s own statement, submitted on 11th November, click here.

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‘Save Druridge’ – Submission by John Ashtom CBE

Note by David Golding:

This moving and impressive statement to the Planning Enquiry was made by Mr John Ashton CBE, who served as Special Representative for Climate Change for three successive Foreign Secretaries in the Blair, Brown and Cameron Governments: Margaret Beckett (2006-7); David Miliband (2007-10) and William Hague (2010-12).

It is published here with permission.

The case against new opencast mining at Druridge Bay is overwhelming: indeed it is astonishing that the Highthorn proposal should have remained so long in play. If it were to go ahead it would undermine our national interest in relation to climate change and energy. It would damage the well-being and prospects of the communities into whose life it would intrude. And it would send an unwarranted message to the world that here in the northeast, we lack the vision and imagination to grasp the real opportunities in front of us, preferring instead to cling to an obsolete model of regional development that offers only an illusion of progress.

[To continue reading, click here…]

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The Great North Run, Sunday 11th September, 2016

14th Glorious Year for Jubilee Debt Campaign’s team for…
Action on Global Poverty & Action on Climate Change

The Great North Run is the biggest half-marathon in the world! Team recruitment was good this year, rivalling that in 2015, with nearly 70 registering to participate, many but not all of them staff and students at Newcastle University. Injury, illness and conflicting responsibilities conspired to reduce that number to about 60 people prior to the big day, which dawned warm and sunny – perfect for the spectators, but not so good for runners wanting to improve on their times!

A good number turned out for the Team Photo on the morning of the Run and they made a fine sight, doing their now traditional ‘Mo Farah’ and ‘Usain Bolt’ impersonations! The team included four university professors and Dr Phil Ansell, the university’s Dean of Sport, and Prof Emma Stevenson, Professor of Sport Science, joined them for Pre-Run photo’s.

After the Pre-Run photo’s, the Team Manager, David Golding, went across to the Finish and took ‘shattered but triumphant’ photo’s of team members. Whilst waiting for them, he enjoyed the spectacle of the aerial acrobatics provided by the Red Arrows.

Two team members came up from London to take part – namely, Charlie Tunmore, until recently a member of JDC staff, and Alysa Remtulla, a staff member at STOPAIDS. Both spoke on behalf of the campaigns on the previous evening, at a high-profile meeting to celebrate the Run attended by several community leaders and about 60 supporters of North East CALL TO ACTION, a regional member of JDC.

The team raises sponsorship funds for JDC and the wider global poverty and climate change campaigns and, excluding the present year, has raised over £180,000.

Photo’s, courtesy of Crispian Oates (Pre-Run) and David Golding (Post-Run):

1) Team members doing a ‘Mo Farah’ and a ‘Usain Bolt’ prior to the Run;

2) The ‘Professorial Team’ (l-r): Prof Bernard Golding; Dr Phil Ansell, Dean of Sport; Prof Emma Stevenson; Prof David Leat (Team Captain); Prof Steve Vincent; Prof Phil Taylor;

3) Charlie Tunmore, former staff member with Jubilee Debt Campaign; and Alysa Remtulla, staff member at STOPAIDS, at the Run Finish;

4) Raquel Teixeira De Sousa and Khristianne Greenhalgh – both students in the Medical Faculty, at the Finish.

5) Professor David Leat, Team Captain, at the Finish.

6) Revd Bryan Vernon, Veteran of many Runs, at the Finish.

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