Members Needed for NEW East Devon Green Party

Would you like a fairer, cleaner, more affordable future for everyone? Are you disillusioned with the other political parties and want to be part of something different, something exciting and NEW right here in East Devon? Please add your comment on the bottom of this blog if you would like to express an interest in making a LOCAL East Devon group come to life – we need members TODAY! Our first meeting is planned for Saturday January 16th 2010 in Sidmouth. You can also email me – Sharon Pavey direct for more details on

I am hoping to stand for the general election in the spring if we can get an East Devon group off the ground – PLEASE help us make this happen. Get in touch. That’s me at the bottom with one of my chickens!

The Green Party is the only party that has the policies to tackle head-on the economic crisis and at the same time lay the foundations for a sustainable and fair society.

Life on Earth is under immense pressure. It is human activity, more than anything else, which is threatening the well-being of the environment on which we depend. Conventional politics has failed us because its values are fundamentally flawed. The Green Party isn’t just another political party. Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by core principles like building a sustainable society that guarantees our long-term future.

Humankind depends on the diversity of the natural world for its existence. Green Party members do not believe that other species are expendable. Our actions should also take account of the well-being of other nations, other species, and future generations. We should not pursue our well-being to the detriment of theirs.

A healthy society is based on voluntary co-operation between empowered individuals in a democratic society, free from discrimination whether based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice. The Green Party believes in democratic participation and accountability by ensuring that decisions are taken at the closest practical level to those affected by them.

If you need to check whether you are in the East Devon constituency which includes Axminster, Sidmouth, Seaton, Exmouth, Axmouth and Budleigh Salterton simply click here and enter your postcode.

Are There Plently More Fish in the Sea?

My little family and I were all very tired last night after visiting Taunton after school to get a few Christmas bits, so we thought we’d opt for an easy dinner and get chips from the chippy on the way back home in Chard. The kids and I are veggie so we just had a bag of chips each, but hubby wanted some fish with his chips. I said to him I’d ask the person in the chip shop which was the best fish to buy – the one which has healthy stocks, and is basically environmentally friendly sustainably produced seafood which is not intensively fished. Dan said there’s no way they’d know but I defended them and gave them a chance…

…so (and good job I don’t mind sounding like a total idiot in public) I asked the young girl behind the counter. She didn’t understand me and I had to repeat myself (now with people starting to look at the mad woman holding up the queue in the chip shop!). She said “Sorry I don’t have a clue but I’ll ask the manager” just as the manager walked in. I thought, great I’m going to get my answer now and get Dan some ‘good’ fish.

The manager smiled and said “tuna” and I replied “none of these then?” She explained that all their fish was cod and had been caught way up in the Russian sea, but didn’t know anymore than that. I got hubby a cod anyway and decided on the way home to write this blog and find out which is a good fish to buy at your local fish and chip shop – as to be honest Dan was right and they didn’t know what I meant and didn’t seem to have a clue what they were selling? If this is the same across the whole country then I’m not impressed!

The website Fishonline helps people, businesses and organisations which are concerned about declining fish stocks and the welfare of our seas. The Marine Conservation Society FISHONLINE website can help you identify which fish are from well managed sources and/or caught using methods that minimise damage to marine wildlife and habitats. I used this site to look up cod, it said:

The Pacific cod fishery is reported to be well-managed with healthy stocks. By-catch is monitored and the fishery closed if acceptable by-catch levels are exceeded. The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Freezer Longline Fishery for Pacific Cod was certified as an environmentally responsible fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council in 2006.

After some more research into the Russian seas – as the lady in the shop said their fish were caught way up in the Russian seas…..I’ve found that those seas are the Artic Ocean and the Bering Sea. The Atlantic Ocean is much closer to home and she didn’t say they were from there but much further north. It’s very hard to find any info on this – but then I stumbled upon this article on the wwf website about the artic sea which is the huge piece of water across the north of Norway and Russia.

This site says that “More than half of the entire world’s cod comes from the Barents Sea – the UK being a significant market. With global cod catches having fallen by 70% over the past 30 years, it is vital that fish are sustainably managed.”

So this is not sounding so good now is it. But if anyone is reading this and knows more about which fishes are good and not so good – please do add your own comments. According to the Seafish website (the authority on seafood) “more than 250 million fish and chip shop meals (featuring fish) are sold a year, the traditional dish of fish and chips is still top of the league of Britain’s favourite fast foods. There are around 10,500 fish and chip shops in the UK.

The Eatwell website says “Around the world, some types of fish, especially in certain areas, are threatened by being over-fished. At the same time, we’re eating more fish and shellfish in this country and across Europe. Fish and shellfish farming (and other types of what are known as ‘sustainable aquaculture’) have a significant role to play in meeting our demand for fish and shellfish, along with fishing at sea.


East Devon Constituency

Been researching my local parliamentary constituency here in East Devon as I’m still thinking about running for the Green Party in the next General Election in spring 2010. The East Devon area covers the wards of Axminster, Beer and Branscombe, Budleigh, Coly Valley, Exmouth, Newbridges, Newton Poppleford and Hartford, Otterhead, Raleigh, Seaton, Sidmouth, Trinity, Woodbury and Lympstone and Yarty.

I think I live in the Yarty ward, but finding it extremely difficult to find this out online. The current Member of Parliament for East Devon is Hugo Swire, of the Conservative Party. comes to life…

I’ve been blogging GREEN over on my business website recently and have thought that I needed a brand new blog dedicated purely to green, eco and environmental issues. Just this week I’ve been talking about the very first East Devon Green Party meeting which took place in Sidmouth last Saturday 12th December 2009 plus other issues on my mind like future food shortages in the UK, overpopulation of the planet and my own choice to stop at two children.

I’m also considering putting myself up for prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in East Devon so this will be a site where I can plot that new and exciting journey. Hope you’ll come along for the ride.

The beautiful painting above is of a Rose of Sharon – by Barbara Kennedy & here is Barbara’s website