After widespread criticism in 2008 the Birmingham Climate Change festival kept a low profile in 2009, but this year it’s back complete with “solar powered green circs”, “green workshops” and a “solar powered stage with music” and though it’s been cropped from 9 days to a weekend its already clear that this wacky (and costly) spectacle is making a comeback.Billed as “the world’s first climate change festival” back in 2008 Birmingham’s original effort was ridiculed not solely due to the £200,000 price tag but also due to the fact that even the Friends of the Earth poured scorn on the organisers’ rather obvious disregard for the festival’s carbon footprint. Error.
Good to see that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have realised that they've been overpaying their Chief Executive. The newly advertised role will see the head of the quango pick up £120,000 a year, as opposed to the salary of £185,000 Nicola Brewer received for the role. Still a healthy sum.