RS 2010 – an alternative vision

As previously noted here, the North West Development Agency has put out its 20 year draft Regional Strategy.

I’m in the process of commenting on it (at http://www.nwregionalstrategy.com/Part1?dm_i=1G3,303C,HXIM8,9FLW,1)

One question concerns the overall vision – Here I’ve put my version, based on the concept of the “bioregionally sustainable production of wellbeing” – and below I reproduce their original version. It is really important that those of us who believe in true sustainability are prepared to spell out how this concept is different from the make-believe sustainability of the conventional wisdom, exemplified in NWRDA’s draft document.

The quality of life for the people of the Northwest will be excellent and the region will become more prosperous, more equitable and produce far less carbon: by 2030 it will be a better place to live, learn, work, visit and invest, and where:

  • we are well on the way to a low-carbon economy and lifestyle, using our tidal, geothermal, wind, and biomass assets (but running down our nuclear industry) and achieving a quantum change in energy efficiency in all sectors, to contribute to energy security and with low carbon and resource efficient solutions embedded throughout our activities;
  • there are jobs for all in a closed loop economy with increased agricultural production, high levels of skill and knowledge, and the restoration of industrial production for necessary local use, with a mix of community, cooperative, private, governmental and corporate business models.
  • deprivation, especially child poverty, has been eradicated and with high levels of health and social well being, supported by strong and accountable, adequately funded public services;
  • people have a good choice of high-quality, affordable and low-carbon homes, well connected to sustainable transport and with high quality digital access for businesses and individuals; and
  • we are living within environmental limits and have enhanced our natural and built environments.

Following consultation on the strategic options outlined in Section D, the final version of the Vision will also have spatially specific elements, amending or adding to the four bullet points below.

  • The region has built on the combined strengths and resources of all its areas.
  • We have regenerated those areas and communities facing significant economic, environmental and social challenges and throughout the region we have mitigated the risk of economic and social collapse due to the accelerating global ecological crisis.
  • Our region has high human capital, measured through the cultural and social development of its people.
  • Diverse communities work and live together with high levels of social solidarity within and between them.
  • We have thriving towns and socially and economically sustainable rural communities.

and here is their original:-

“The quality of life for the people of the Northwest will be excellent and the region will become more prosperous, more equitable and produce less carbon: by 2030 it will be a better place to live, learn, work, visit and invest, and where:

  • we are well on the way to a low-carbon economy and lifestyle, using our nuclear and other assets to contribute to energy security and with low carbon and resource efficient solutions embedded throughout our activities;
  • there are jobs for all in a highly productive, well-skilled, knowledge-based economy, attractive to private investment and internationally competitive;
  • deprivation, especially child poverty, has been eradicated and with high levels of health and social well being;
  • people have a good choice of high-quality, affordable and low-carbon homes, well connected to sustainable transport and with high quality digital access for businesses and individuals; and
  • we are living within environmental limits and have enhanced our natural and built environments.
  • The region has built on the combined strengths of Liverpool and Manchester as world class cities and Preston as a driver of economic growth.
  • We have regenerated those areas and communities facing significant economic, environmental and social challenges
  • Growth opportunities around Crewe, Chester, Warrington, Lancaster and Carlisle have been fully exploited.

We have thriving towns and socially and economically sustainable rural communities.”

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2 responses to “RS 2010 – an alternative vision

  1. As Dorothy never quite said “Prefigurative statements, viral Kropotkinism and transitional demands, oh my!”

    Will cover this in the next MCFly (issue 44).

  2. greendealmanchester

    Oh b****r I came back to the consultation to complete what i’d started but it had closed. That’s the problem with being an amateur commentator with a full time job to hold down. Somehow those of us in ‘the movement’ need to find better ways to challenge the complacent incoherent thinking that characterises the NWDA and similar ominant organisations. They define what is possible, what is feasible, according to a non-viable (impossible, unfeasible) logic.

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