Event: Should We Drop Green Growth During Austerity?

Left Foot Forward is hosting a discussion about green growth in the UK - both at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

Should we drop green growth?

Left Foot Forward is hosting a discussion about green growth in the UK – both at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, on our website and through Twitter using the hashtag #greengrowth

Should we drop green growth during austerity?

Come to the discussion on Monday, 23 September 2013 at 13:30 in the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Preston Room (secure zone).

Even if you can’t attend, follow the hashtag #greengrowth on Twitter starting at 13:30 Monday, 23 September – we will be reading out responses and questions to the panel and your comment may even be responded to on the Left Foot Forward blog.

The panel includes:

  • Iain Wright MP

  • Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, BioRegional

  • Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (by Paul: Green Economy: the what, why and how: http://www.leftfootforward.org/2013/09/green-economy-the-what-why-and-how/)

  • Matt Sexton, Director at Kingfisher and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at B&Q, acting Director, Net Positive

  • James Bloodworth (Chair), Editor, Left Foot Forward

How should Labour respond to the cuts, the Energy Bill and fracking? Get your voice heard by commenting on Left Foot Forward and participating using the Twitter hashtag #greengrowth

Please spread the word to those who might be able to attend or who may be interested in participating online.

This event is held in partnership with BioRegional and UCL Public Policy. UKYCC (UK Youth Climate Coalition), our Youth Link Partner for this event, will also be responding to your comments.

Over the coming weeks we will be publishing articles on this topic so be sure to follow or like us to keep updated!

Relevant articles

We have everything to gain from a green economy, and a generation to lose if we abandon it: http://www.leftfootforward.org/2013/09/the-right-sort-of-recovery/Adam Dyster, government liaison officer for UKYCC (UK Youth Climate Coalition).

4 Responses to “Event: Should We Drop Green Growth During Austerity?”

  1. Kevin Walsh

    No we should drop austerity during green growth.

  2. Chris Rippington

    No we shouldn’t. A green economy could be a strong driver of growth*. Abandoning it during a period of austerity is self defeating.

    (* assuming politicians have a long term vision and a little ingenuity)

  3. James Greyson

    Funny question. Austerity is a default response to systemic financial failure. Green growth is an untried sustainable response to systemic ecological failure. (Fracking is a default response to systemic ecological and democratic failure.)

    Surely we need questions that reframe policy to shift from default to smart responses to both (and all) systemic failures. Unless we wish to explore further the default collapse dynamics.

  4. James Greyson

    Funny question. Austerity is a default response to systemic financial failure. Green growth is an untried sustainable response to systemic ecological failure. (Fracking is a default response to systemic ecological and democratic failure.)

    Surely we need questions that reframe policy to shift from default to smart responses to both (and all) systemic failures. Unless we wish to explore further the default collapse pathways?

    To start green growth and end austerity you need policy switches 3 and 7, as published by NATO: http://blindspot.org.uk/seven-policy-switches/

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