This project was started by David Taylor and Roger Creagh-Osborne, both long time green activists. We became aware that our shared green history was being lost. The founders were getting on, memories were fading, attics were getting cleared and unique material was being lost.
As Michael Crichton put it: "If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
Or to quote George Orwell: “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
We want to create a resource that will serve and nourish our Green Culture. We need to discover our history to give us self-belief today and serve us in the struggles to come.
The initial work has been done to create the website, www.green-history.uk, and start capturing documents, images and other resources and producing articles expanding on aspects of the history of the green movement.
There is a lot of work to do; even limiting the scope of the project to 1970-1990, covering the rise of the organised green movement in the UK during the period before electronic media and storage, we have barely started to scratch the surface of the topic.
We now need to move the project from borrowed space to larger dedicated webspace, to pay for the software we are using and also to produce materials for exhibitions on the history of the green movement.
The initial goal is £750 to secure sufficient webspace and technical resources for the next five years and to fund display materials.
The stretch goal is £3000 to set up a formal organisation to run the project. This will then enable access to further funding as required.