MEP AND MP IN FOREST ROW CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE
Event: Debate: Climate Change – What Can We Do?
Speakers: Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party), Charles
Hendry MP (Conservative), Martyn Williams
Friends of the Earth)
Place: Forest Row Village Hall, Forest Row, East
Time: Friday, May 12th, 7.30pm
GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas visits Forest Row this week to take part
in a debate on Climate Change alongside Wealden MP Charles Hendry and
Ashdown Friends of the Earth’s Martyn Williams.
The trio will discuss recent signs that climate change is accelerating due
to rising CO2 emissions – and Friends of the Earth’s support for a Climate
Change Bill which would require a three per cent annual reduction in the
UK’s CO2 emissions.
“Unless we reduce global greenhouse CO2 emissions by 80 to 90 per cent in
coming decades we will face global devastation from the effect of climate
change,” said Dr Lucas, South-East England MEP.
“The consequences of failing to check climate change would be absolutely
horrific: societies across the globe would break down in the face of
conflict driven by resource shortages, freak weather events, environmental
collapse and hunger. With its long coastline and low-lying land the
South-East is likely to be the worst-affected region of the UK.
“But the UK’s CO2 emissions have been rising for the last three years. As
well as taking us further from meeting our international legal commitments
under the Kyoto Protocol, this sends a terrible message to the rest of the
world: that the UK doesn’t care enough about cutting emissions. This makes
it much harder for us to argue that other countries need to cut their
“If we are to have any hope of cutting emissions sufficiently to stave off
disaster, the Government must enact tough legislation requiring mandatory
year-on-year cuts in the emissions which are fuelling it.”
Dr Lucas, who is a member of he European Parliament’s influential
Environment Committee, is a renowned expert on climate change policy and has
published a report examining the likely effects of climate change in the
The debate, entitled ‘Climate Change – What Can We Do?’, has been organised
by Ashdown Friends of the Earth and will be chaired by David Jonas of
Wealden Green Party.
It will be followed by a family workshop on how to reduce personal CO2
emissions run by Wealden Green Party the following afternoon – Saturday May
13th at 2.30pm – also at Forest Row Village Hall.
The workshop will include displays and discussions on green energy
providers, biodiesel, carbon offsetting – and Wealden’s ‘ecological