People, Politics and the Planet: UK political parties to present their environmental commitments
A recent poll of over 400 professional ecologists and environmental managers shows that climate change, embedding the environment in government decision-making, and the dependence of economic activity on the environment, rank as the top three most important environmental issues for politicians to address in the next Parliament.
A pre-election debate, chaired by leading broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and hosted by The Sibthorp Trust, British Ecological Society, and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), will offer invited guests as well as the general public a unique opportunity to question representatives of the UK’s major political parties on the environmental commitments in their election manifestos.
Ms Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), Lord de Mauley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Natural Environment and Science), Mr Barry Gardiner MP (Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment) and Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP (Scottish National Party) have all confirmed their participation in the event, and it is hoped that Baroness Parminter (Liberal-Democrats Spokesperson on the Environment) and a representative from UKIP will also join the panel.
Professor Ed Maltby, Chair of the Sibthorp Trust, said: “There is increasing evidence that a healthy environment underpins long-term economic prosperity and the wider well-being of people. Yet environmental aims still seem to be alternatives to socio-economic priorities rather than an essential component. All three event partners share a common concern for the development of well-informed environmental policy. We think it is in the public’s interest to understand how the UK’s largest political parties will seek to manage the natural environment to achieve sustainable development, and we are delighted to bring together such prominent politicians in this pre-election debate.”
Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. The evening will end at 9:30pm.
Following a brief opening statement from each party, the panelists will participate in an ‘Any Questions’ style debate chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. Questions from the audience will be selected from those submitted in advance upon registration.