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This Thursday we in Britain go to the polls to vote in local and European government elections. Depressingly, the environment is barely mentioned in any of the main parties' campaigns. The papers are still full of the Telegraph's expenses witchhunt and machinations to oust Gordon Brown.

This Thursday we in Britain go to the polls to vote in local and European government elections. Depressingly, the environment is barely mentioned in any of the main parties' campaigns. The papers are still full of the Telegraph's expenses witchhunt and machinations to oust Gordon Brown.

Respond! kicks off today. For one month we're putting a spotlight on art events and exhibitions nationwide which are in some way responding to issues around the environment.

On the one hand it's a way of using our networks to support and publicise all sorts of initiative that are taking place around the country. On the other it's a way of taking an arbitrary snapshot. By picking out events that are going on in June we're saying, look how hugely seriously this issue is being taken people all over the country already.

But the gulf between this groundswell of activity and our ability to actually press for change on a national level remains frustratingly immense.

More about Respond!

Illustration: from the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination's C.R.A.S.H. Conversation No. 1 on Permaculture, tonight at 7pm at Toynbee Studios, London.

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