Over 140 people turned up to help Labour launch its Green Transformation Environment Policy today at The Street.
Rebecca Long-Bailey encouraged us to “talk about this future in the pub”, saying we can have a nice life and it can be sustainable. The Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy talked about developing new jobs in the green economy, of transforming homes and of the move to electric vehicles.
Murray Robinson, who has participated in the school strike inspired by Greta Thunberg said we had perhaps 10 years before climate change is “out of our hands”. Motivated by “fear”, he said we have gathered to come up with ideas and work together as a community. It’s easy to be anti things, but we need to be pro.
Our own candidate Hugo Fearnley said we have to put our ideas out there, in the full expectation that they will be challenged. He quoted German writer Goethe “the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too” and described how the debate has moved from scepticism to “how long have we got, and what do we need to do”.
The room then divided into tables to discuss policy areas, with scribes collecting the output and an illustrator moved around the room to visualise the ideas.
The day was rounded up with songs from Joe Solo, there are clips on Twitter here https://twitter.com/hashtag/ByTheMany?src=hash
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