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Climate Emergency ‘Question Time’ for students to challenge politicians

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St Andrew's United Reformed Church

Montpellier Street

Cheltenham

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Climate Emergency ‘Question Time’ a chance for local students to challenge politicians.

With a general election looming that looks likely to be all about Brexit, rather than about the urgent climate crisis, young people under 18 will have no say in this, even though it is their future that is at stake.

Here is your chance to right that wrong! Come along to a schools-only event and put your climate change concerns directly to the politicians.

We have invited:

  • Molly Scott Cato – GREEN MEP South West Region (SW) since May 2014 and prospective parliamentary candidate Stroud.

  • Alex Chalk – Cheltenham MP since May 2015 (Conservative)

  • Martin Horwood – LibDem MEP South West Region since May 2019 and was MP for Cheltenham 2005–15

  • Max Wilkinson – Cheltenham Local Councillor & LibDem prospective parliamentary candidate

Chaired by Nikki Robson, who will keep the discussion focused and make sure all questions are answered properly (no whitewash!), this event offers a genuine opportunity to challenge these four politicians on the government’s and their parties responses to the climate emergency.

Students are encouraged to submit questions beforehand, which also presents an opportunity to work collaboratively and research supporting information. But there will also be plenty of time for additional questions and discussion during the event. St Andrew’s Church has a good sound system with roving mics, so everyone can be heard.

Please make sure you arrive no later than 13:00. The garden room will be open for those who would like to arrive early and eat their lunch at the venue.

Vision 21 is Gloucestershire’s premier sustainability charity, and 2019 is our 25th anniversary year. To celebrate this, we have created a large exhibition display at St Andrew’s Church, with a timeline showing Vision 21’s journey from 1992 – the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit – through its early years and the many local sustainability projects we have set in motion since then. The second part of the timeline then looks into the future. As average temperatures are rising and the global population increases, how will this affect our lives in 2030, 2040 or even 2050?

In Vision 21’s early years we regularly hosted or participated in events that sought to give local people a voice. This event, aimed specifically at the younger generation, picks up on this tradition, giving a voice to those we should be listening to.

If you have any questions, please email us at pclegg@vision21.org.uk

We would also be happy to visit you at your school to talk to students and teachers about the event. We are keen to tailor this event to students and welcome your ideas and suggestions. To speak to us directly, please call Peter Clegg at 079 73 50 94 52.

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