‘'2015 surely won’t be less green than the current government’' Says Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party)
24 June 2014 by Rida Daher
A heated debate took place at the Arnolfini, Bristol last Friday the 26th of June. Speakers included The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP (Conservative Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change), Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP (Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change), and Jonathan Reynolds MP (Labour). The debate was chaired by Jonathon Porritt.
Speakers of these parties had to present a 10 min agenda summarising their achievements and hopes for a Green 2015 Government. Armed with their idealistic views and principles, the attendees then answered questions through twitter and a live audience. The evening ultimately was a hint of more intense debates to come when the 2015 government is formed. The debate concluded with a remark from the audience highlighting that politicians focus on short term benefits and try to avoid long term agendas. The downside of green politics is then this short term mindset. There needs to be a continuity of efforts and an agenda that serves future generations as well as the present public.
It therefore seems that efforts for a greener government are already set in place. The hundreds of events in Bristol Green Week are a testimony of how serious sustainability is taken nowadays. RBS for example presented their take on creativity last week at the Watershed, Bristol. The talks centred on how the bank wants to invest in ideas that lower their environmental impact. RBS invited SMEs to pilot-test their ideas in one of their 2500 branches in the UK. A grant of £3000 will be given to creative ideas that prove to be a success. You can find out more at this link.