Opinion

Colston 4 judgment: ’The government is tearing up our protest rights’

The Colston Four were acquitted earlier this year after tearing down the Colston statue. But a Court of Appeal judgment means protesters will be less likely to receive similar protections in future.

‘Zero-tolerance behaviour policy may be contributing to exclusion of Bristol’s most vulnerable students’

Why community action is also needed to tackle the energy crisis

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‘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.

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We need international alliances to stop airport expansions

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Unpopular opinion: We need to pay local councillors more

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.

Bristol risks becoming a graveyard of cycling ambition

Promoting safety for cyclists has a positive knock-on effect for health, air pollution and the climate crisis – but without enough political will, funding or decent planning, getting people into the saddle will be an uphill battle.

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

When we face existential issues like the climate crisis, or calls for radical changes to problems that affect us all, we need public institutions and leaders to not be timid.

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.