November 19, 2017

Campaigns

Campaigns involving Edward Goldsmith

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  • Sat on the Primitive People’s Fund, the committee that established Survival International – the movement for tribal peoples, a charity whose mission is to help save and support the rights of the remaining tribal peoples of the earth (1969)
  • Founded a Private Commission on Transport, chaired by the Bishop of Kingston (subsequently the Bishop of Birmingham) (1971)
  • Edited a special issue of The Ecologist criticising the preliminary papers prepared for the First United Nations Conference on the Environment in Stockholm. Along with colleagues, he attended the meeting with Friends of the Earth, USA (1972)
  • Campaigned for Ecologie et Survie, which at the national level became the French Green Party: staying with the candidates, canvassing with them, and speaking at public meetings (1973-77)
  • Campaigned to prevent the dumping of nuclear waste in Cornwall. In conjunction with Mebyon Kernow, several hundred people went to London, congregated in Trafalgar Square and demonstrated against the plan. Speakers included the Bishop of Birmingham, Robin Cook MP, the actress Diana Rigg, and Edward Goldsmith (1974)
  • Stood for the Eye Constituency in Suffolk (part of which was once in the Stowmarket Division—his father’s constituency from 1910–1918) for the Parliamentary election representing “People”—a party that became the Ecology Party and later the Green Party. Michael Ash (a local practising witch) acted as Goldsmith’s election agent. He lost his deposit (February 1974)
  • Stood for Wadebridge at the Cornwall County Council Elections receiving 27% of the votes (1977)
  • Witness at the Windscale Inquiry on BNFL’s plan to build THORP to reprocess high level radioactive waste from second generation nuclear power plants (1977)
  • Stood for Cornwall and Plymouth for the Ecology Party (later Green Party) at the European Elections (1979), receiving 5,125 votes (3.0%)
  • Set up and funded the “Commission for the Study of the Economics of Nuclear Electricity” (CSENE) under the chairmanship of Sir Kelvin Spenser (who was once chief scientist at what was then the Ministry of Power). Meetings were held at Exeter University. Peter Bunyard, of Lawellen Farm, Withiel, Bodmin, Cornwall, was the convenor and main author of the report that it published (as a special issue of The Ecologist). It was presented to Parliament by Lord Strathcona (Conservative) and Tony Benn (Labour). It received little interest: though events since have shown that its calculations were correct (1982)
  • Organiser for a local movement to stop the building of a nuclear reactor at Luxulyan in Cornwall (“The Battle of Luxulyan”). They occupied the site for six months, the different villages in the area taking it in turn to provide people to garrison the site each night (1981. Ended October 31st)
  • With his colleagues at The Ecologist, started a campaign against the World Bank, which they accused of “financing the destruction of our planet” publishing two special issues of The Ecologist on the subject that were circulated to decision-makers in different countries (1984)
  • Witness at the Tribunal which tried the World Bank for crimes against humanity in Berlin—an event that coincided with that institution’s annual general meeting (1988)
  • Helped The Ecologist and Ecoropa to collect three million signatures asking for an emergency meeting of the United Nations’ Security Council on global deforestation. Together with twenty other people, mainly Third World activists, Goldsmith took the signatures in wheelbarrows to the UN in New York, where they occupied the main lobby until Mr Perez de Cuellar, the Secretary General, agreed to meet them and discuss this issue. They organised a meeting two days later between themselves and a group of senators headed by Al Gore in the US Senate, where they asked for the US to stop funding the World Bank (1989)
  • Organised with his colleagues at The Ecologist a campaign against the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) which they accused of much of the responsibility for malnutrition and famine in the Third World. Published a special issue of The Ecologist on the subject (which was published in book form in Italian). Together with Ecoropa members, he invaded an FAO conference on Agriculture and the Environment in the Netherlands, distributing literature, and holding a press conference in the building opposite. Helped to organize a similar action at the FAO Forestry meeting in Paris, later that year (1990)
  • Speaker at the press conference for Citoyens d’Europe contre Maastricht (“Citizen’s of Europe Against Maastricht”), Paris, 14th September 1992
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