Opinion

‘Rwanda is just one part of the government’s latest attack on asylum seekers’

Bristol Refugee Rights outlines the stark impact of the Nationality and Borders Act on asylum seekers – from dodgy age assessments to going underground.

We need international alliances to stop airport expansions

Unpopular opinion: We need to pay local councillors more

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

How Bristol needs to tackle its renting crisis, according to the Greens

While it’s so difficult to build enough houses, landlord licensing across the city and rent controls are needed to make renting more secure and affordable, write Green councillors Tony Dyer and Tom Hathway.

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Bristol risks becoming a graveyard of cycling ambition

Opinion

‘We need public leaders and institutions to be bold with big ideas, despite the risks and bad PR’

Cutting Bristol’s air pollution could help citizens’ mental as well as physical health

Evidence increasingly suggests that traffic pollutants can adversely affect the brain, impact cognitive function, and increase the risk of mental health problems. Bristol’s Clean Air Zone cannot come too soon.

‘Disruptive protests don’t win friends. But they work’

You are much more likely to achieve something if you are militant, argues International Public and Social Policy lecturer Oscar Berglund.

‘Bristol must take urgent action on alarming lack of diversity in climate change decision-making’

New research has found white men dominate key climate discussion in Bristol, which clashes with the city’s commitment to a just transition. Dr Alix Dietzel explains why this matters on the eve of COP26, and what Bristol needs to do.

‘Don’t let them tell you protecting urban trees isn’t essential for a sustainable and liveable Bristol’

It has been suggested that people trying to save urban trees are misguided. But with the effects of climate change being so much more intense in city centres, we need all the trees we can get.

‘Bristol Energy has gone, will it pull the mayoral system down with it?’

Former councillor and vice chair of the Audit Committee Clive Stevens argues the lessons learned from the Bristol Energy saga is another example of how the mayoral system isn’t working for Bristol.

‘My pension is being invested in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. This can’t continue.’

A Bristol Cable member explains why she has taken part in recent Extinction Rebellion protests against the Avon Pension Fund investing in BlackRock.