Some upcoming events of interest in Aberdeen & nearby…
- Weds 14 Oct: RIC Aberdeen & Aberdeen Political Economy Group event on the Economics of Austerity. POSTPONED – watch this space for details on when it’s rescheduled.
- Fri 16 Oct, 6:30-8:00pm: From Linwood to Lewis: Why Land in Scotland Matters. With Lesley Riddoch, Robin McAlpine and Andy Wightman. St Mark’s Church, Rosemount Viaduct, AB25 1JY.
- Sat & Sun, 17-18 Oct: International Brigades Memorial Trust AGM, plaque unveilings and parade. Details here.
- Sun 18 Oct, 2:00-5:00pm: Aberdeen & District CND Peace and Justice Concert for One World Week. The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, AB25 1BU.
- Fri 23 Oct, 6:30pm doors: We Are Many film screening, followed by Q&A with speakers from Scottish CND, ATUC, SPSC and others. Kemnay Village Hall, 8 Aquithie Rd, AB51 5SS.
- Sun 1 Nov, 3:00pm: (Dundee) Global Justice Now national tour, Stop the Transatlantic Trade Deals. Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, Dundee University DD1 5EN.
- Sat 7 Nov: National Day of Action against austerity. Details TBC.
- Sat 14 Nov: Aberdeen campaigns social event. Details TBC.
I thoroughly enjoyed the event held on the last day of the Offshore Europe exhibition where I had spent four days on a stand. An exhibition without a single offshore wind, wave or tidal power exhibit or conference paper.
Alan Owen of Robert Gordon’s University gave a chilling presentation on climate change and the impact renewables could have on the problem. His fact filled analysis was that it is too late. We simply cannot deploy enough green power on time to make a difference.
The good news for Marxists is that he certainly presented a mathematically sound case for capitalism being the death of us. The bad news is – it will be the death of us. And all the animal species not actually in our food chain. As chair I had the chance to ask when he had finished, “So, Malthus will have his revenge then?” His stark reply was, “It looks like it.”
[…] It doesn’t matter how you voted last year, or whether you voted at all. If you want to see people treated with dignity and humanity, we’re on the same side.
RIC is not a political party and we don’t endorse any one party, but these issues are political in the widest sense. Social justice. The distribution of wealth. Who gets to decide our priorities as a society.
This is one RIC activist’s reflection on the refugee crisis, in response to this article in the Guardian. Sam’s grandfather went on to become a doctor and help countless people in his adoptive home of Aberdeen.
I’m sorry to always go on about my Grandfather’s experience in the war and his story’s parallels with the current refugee crisis, but as you can imagine it makes this whole thing all the more emotional for me. One of my personal pet-peeves is the idea that helping immigrants or giving aid to other countries is somehow the cause of all the mistreatment of the current UK population.
So let me first of all dispel the myth that the UK was generous and all lovely to Jewish refugees from the Holocaust (let’s forget the other victims of the Holocaust to whom the UK more-or-less turned a blind eye). As the article states, they established a new asylum-seeking process in order to exclude 90% of claimants. To humanise those numbers: my grandfather turned up after repeated failed attempts to escape post-Anschluss Austria. A terrified seventeen-year-old boy and his mother turned up at an airport after seeing the hell that befell their less-fortunate family and friends.
Many thanks to everyone who came out to chat about sustainable energy on a Friday night, especially our speakers Alan Owen and Maggie Chapman! Really interesting discussion around reducing energy consumption, individual responsibility and systemic change. Audio of the two speakers’ presentations after the jump.