Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are a group of environmentally concerned socialists whose website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you fill in the contact form on the join us page, your email is placed on a mailing list for the purpose of obtaining announcements from us. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time. If you want to simply address a query to us and not have your email retained, please use one of the options (Email, Messenger, Phone) on the contact page.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Google Analytics uses the following cookies:

_ga expires after two years and is used to distinguish users.

_gid does the same but expires in 24 hours.

_gat expires in a minute. It is used to choke refresh rates.

amp_token expires between 30 seconds and a year. Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.

_gac_ expires after 90 days. Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.

If you would like to opt out of Google Analytics cookies please visit this page

Who we share your data with

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

We do not rent, sell or share personal information about you with anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Please contact for this purpose.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

We do not rent, sell or share personal information about you with anyone

Mailing List

When you sign up to our mailing list you authorize us to send your email address and name to our email marketing provider, Mailchimp. To provide you with the best service, Mailchimp processes your email address every time we send a newsletter to our subscribers.

Mailchimp is an online marketing platform operated by The Rocket Science Group LLC, a company headquartered in the State of Georgia in the United States

Image permissions

Independent Left logos and original image design, including graphs, may be shared and used under the Creative Commons Sharealike Attribution 2.5

Most of the images used on this website can be found online labeled for reuse. Some of the featured images are licensed from Shutterstock and may not be shared. Please contact us if you have a query about reuse of images.