Adam Ramsay

Adam Ramsay is openDemocracy’s main site editor. You can follow him at @adamramsay. Adam is a member of the Scottish Green Party, sits on the board of Voices for Scotland and advisory committees for the Economic Change Unit and the journal Soundings.


The UK is paying the worst polluters to keep polluting. Here’s why

Humanity’s last little blast of carbon for a millennium or so is being auctioned off to the highest bidder for a simple reason: it’s the rich who have the power to shape such decisions, and deciding those precious allocations through the marketplace suits them just fine.

August 1, 2023

Yes, Britain is corrupt. But it’s a lot worse than you think

But once we understand that kleptocracy is a process at the heart of the modern global economy, we see that Britain is a lot worse than it seems at first.

February 2, 2023

City of London

Where ‘levelling up’ funds go doesn’t matter. They aren’t supposed to work

One centralised Parliament is much easier for the likes of Rupert Murdoch to influence than a plethora of local authorities at a scale small enough for people to actually meet up and discuss their needs in person.

January 24, 2023

Drax power station

‘Carbon offsetting’ is just greenwash. Here’s what we need instead

The way we’re going to actually solve problems like the UK’s addiction to carbon-intensive infrastructure isn’t through a series of customers paying companies to ‘offset’ their emissions in some scammy scheme. It’s through mass government action.

October 13, 2022


Greenland’s government bans oil drilling, leads indigenous resistance to extractive capitalism

Greenland, long with other indigenous communities around the world, are starting to lead a fightback against the industrial, extractive capitalism that’s killing the planet.

November 11, 2021

Victoria Falls

The Global North caused the climate crisis. Now is the time to pay its dues

If the first pillar of climate change negotiations is mitigation – how can we work together to stop carbon emissions? And the second is adaptation – how can we change to cope with the changing climate? Then loss and damage is the third – an idea originally muted in the 1990s by small island states, but gaining increasing traction.

October 22, 2021

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