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It's been one heck of a journey so far with our first fully online Green Liberal Democrat Festival Fortnight - this is what you've missed...

TIME

TOPIC

SPEAKERS

Sat 20th June
12.15pm
CH

Tim FarronKeynote Speech

Tim Farron MP
Co-hosts:
GLD President Martin Horwood
& Cllr Jane Brophy

1.30pm
CH
Explaining the Photography Competition Kevin Daws
1.30pm
MH
Lunch Chat & networking
2.30pm
CH
Ban Nuclear weapons to pay for Covid19 recovery

Lib Dem Baroness Sue Miller
CND General Secretary Kate Hudson

4.00pm
CH
Tea and Networking
5.00 - 6.30pm
CH
Leadership Candidates Q & A Chaired Q&A with our Party Leadership hopefuls
6.30pm
MH
Discussions & Chat in breakout rooms

Evenings

unofficial GLD Pub
Sun 21st June
11.30am
MH
Coffee - Networking
12.00 noon
MH
GLD FILM PREMIERE "2040 - Join the REGENERATION"
1.30pm
MH
Lunch and networking
2.30pm
MH
Film Discussion - Doughnut Economics
4.30pm
MH
Tea break & Networking
6.00pm
CH

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
founder of "The Jane Goodall Institute"
and UN Messenger of Peace


Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE Jane Goodall (Stuart Clarke)
Mon 22nd June
7.30pm
CH
Electoral reform and
the environment

Wendy Chamberlain MP
Klina Jordan co-founder MVM

Tue 23rd June
7.30pm
CH
Social Responsibility and a Green Liberal society post Covid-19

Prof Jo Crotty
Michael Meadowcroft

Wed 24th June
4.00 pm
CH
Film:
The Story of Plastic
18.30
MH
Break
7.00pm
CH
"Greening the Party"

Dr Mark Pack
Alison Rouse

Thu 25th June
6.30pm
CH
Wellbeing Recovery:
Using Wellbeing as Success vs GDP, following New Zealand's lead by their PM Jacinda Ardern)
Prof Emmy van Deurzen
Former MEP Jane Brophy
Fri 26th June
7.00pm
CH
Face to Face, "Meet the MPs"
"The Scottish Dimension & the Environment"

Christine Jardine MP
Sheila Ritchie (Convener - Scottish Lib Dems)

8.15pm
CH
Photography Competition Theme 2:
30 Days Wild
Judging by: Kevin Daws &
GLD President, Martin Horwood
Sat 27th June
1.00pm
MH

Lunch

2.00pm
MH

"Climate Friendly Transport -
changing the mix
coming out of Lock-down"

Greg Archer UK Director Transport & Environment
Chris Bowers (Lib Dem)

3.30pm
MH
Break
4.00pm
CH

Films & Discussion

Part1: The Carbon Farmer
"Protecting the Natural Environment"

Part2: Student Films about Climate Change
Engaging with different types of documentaries

Rick Hebditch (Chair of NEPWG)
Cllr Pippa Heylings
7.00pm
MH
Quiz - GLD Quiz is back - Bigger and Better Mary Page and Jason Johnson
Sun 28th June
12.00 noon
CH
The Film (second showing):
"2040 - Join the REGENERATION"
Chair: Keith Melton
1.30pm
MH
Lunchtime networking
2.00pm
CH
The Future of Work
(Including reflection on the film - "2040")
Sarah Olney MP
Paul Lucraft, Chair, Libdemsinbiz
3.30pm
MH
Tea break and networking
4.00pm
CH
Local elections 2021 - Capturing the Green Vote Cllr Pippa Heylings, Cllr Tahir Maher and Cllr Jane Brophy
Mon 29th June
7.00pm
CH
Face to Face
"Meet the MPs" - Women in Parliament.
Munira Wilson MP
Daisy Cooper MP
Tue 30th June

4:30pm-6:00pm
CH

Managing Our Oceans

Chris Davies (Ex-MEP)

Julie Andersen (Global CEO Plastic Oceans)

6:00pm
MH
Networking
7.00pm
CH
"Follow the money - do we need a Carbon Tax?"
Co-Host: Former MEP Dinesh Dhamija
Video from Oxford Prof Dieter Helm
Independent Columnist
Donnachadh Mccarthy
GLD member Julian Hawkins
Wed 1st July
6.30pm-8:00pm The Film (third showing):
"2040 - Join the REGENERATION"
Chair: Jason Billin
Thu 2nd July
1.00pm-2:30pm
CH

"Working in the New Normal"
Joint event co-sponsored by the Association of Liberal Democrat Trade Unionists & Green LibDems
Examining the implications for working patterns post-Covid19

Isabelle Parasram
(Vice President, Lib Dems)
David Eastham (ALDTU)

5:30pm-6:30pm
CH

Layla Moran MP
Face2Face Leadership Bid

Layla Moran MP
Chair: Keith Melton
Co-Chair: Cllr Linda Johnson

Fri 3rd July
7.00pm-8:00pm
CH

Sir Ed Davey MP
Face2Face - Leadership bid

Sir Ed Davey MP
Chair: Keith Melton
Co-Chair: Cllr Linda Johnson

8.15pm
MH

Photography Competition:

Theme 3 - what would you like to change in your area?

-Judging
Kevin Daws
John Russell


Tim Farron and Graham Neale at GLD stall (Graham Neale)Tim Farron - Keynote Speaker

Former Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron will start the ball rolling late morning on the Saturday, with an assessment of what we have come through during the pandemic so far. Tim has a personal story to tell, of course, having been a victim of the corona virus himself some weeks ago. We are pleased to report he has come through the experience with views as to how we can emerge safely from the economic lock-down that has affected everyone, not only here but around the world.

The air is cleaner than it has been for a long time. We can see the stars more clearly. We can hear birdsong more vibrantly. Tim will lay out a road map for an environmentally better way to emerge than going "back to normal" as we knew it only a few months ago.
Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats (the Party`s Environmental Think Tank) Keith Melton will co-host the opening session with one of our former MEP`s, Councillor Jane Brophy. Participants will be able to interact with Tim Farron and discuss their own ideas of what the "New Normal" might look like.

If you want to ask a question in advance send your thoughts to chair@greenlibdems.org.uk - but you will also be able to ask questions live at the event on the day.

Breakout rooms

After the Keynote session there will be "Breakout Rooms" where you can go and meet fellow participants and talk politics informally while you enjoy your home-prepared lunch! You can, of course, choose your own favourite tipple to go with lunch, whether that is a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a cup of your favoured tea, coffee or soft drink.

In the spirit of the last couple of years of GLD Conferences we would encourage you to organise yourself a Vegan lunch to lower the impact of your home refreshments, especially if you are normally a meat eater!

The Afternoon Sessions:

1. Tackling a "Hot-Button topic"
After lunch we will tackle a topic the Federal Conference Committee has wimped out of for two whole years of Spring and Autumn conferences. Our own Baroness Sue Miller and GLD Chair, Keith Melton, will co-host a session with Guest speaker Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of CND. Again, this will be a participative session, reviewing the reasons our Government has failed to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which was passed at a UN conference in July 2017.

In particular we also want to examine the COSTS of the UK`s nuclear weapons programme and the huge potential for using the money saved on scrapping the UK nuclear weapons programmes for environmentally sound emergence from the Covid19 pandemic lock-down. Many carbon reducing actions should eventually pay for themselves and have been costed to do so in our election manifestoes. However, there are some potential carbon-saving investments where the question is, typically, "where do we get the money to do that…?"

For example, the insulation of older properties requires up-front investment to make the savings that will benefit particularly those whose lives are blighted by fuel-poverty.

2. The GREEN Leadership Q&A
After the tea-break we will bring together the expected candidates for the role of leader of the Liberal Democrats. There will be three potential candidates who have all indicated that they will be throwing their hats into the ring. They are:

Wera Hobhouse MP Ed Davey MP Layla Moran MP

Each candidate will have ten minutes to make their pitches to members as to why they should become the next leader of the Party. This will then be followed by a Question and Answer session, with a rotation of who speaks first.

We ask that you submit your questions in advance - as it's part of our Green Festival, we'd like all questions should be related to environmental issues. Please click [HERE] so send any questions by email.

3. Interactive meetings
At the end of the Leadership Q&A there will be a number of breakout rooms arranged for participants to get together and chat about the day`s activities in smaller groups. Feel free to refill your wine glasses, take another beer out of the fridge, or make yourself a cup of tea or coffee at this point!

END OF DAY ONE

We'll be adding more information to this webpage over the next few days about details of upcoming events…

See some the HIGHLIGHTS are below:

Leadership Candidates' own events

As well as appearing in the Green Hustings together on Saturday 20th June, each of the candidates, Layla, Wera and Ed, will have their own hour-long events, to present their ideas to GLD members and other participants. These will also be live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on our YouTube account. (See HERE - a YouTube channel will be setup for the festival)

Greening the Party

There will be a "Face to Face" meeting with Liberal Democrat Party President, Dr Mark Pack and the new Vice-Chair for Regional Development for the English Party, Alison Rouse. In our interactive session we will be asking our panellists what plans are in place and they thnk we can do to make our own party a greener and more pro-actively green organisation. Clearly, our own GLD Festival Fortnight and the Party`s online Autumn Conference, have started that process - but you can have YOUR say about ideas we can develop to make the Party practice what we preach.

Photographic competition

One reason we are calling the two weeks (and three weekends) of Green Events a Festival is because it is not only about political resolutions and ideas … but we will also be hosting a special covid-19 Lockdown Photo Competition. There will be three challenges to enter, so start snapping, if you haven`t already. Details of the three challenges, and on how to enter your pictures, click here

Face to Face meetings with our Lib Dem MPs

As well as the Leadership campaigns, where our Leadership candidates will be competing for your votes, we will also have the pleasure of the company of several more of out MPs during the two weeks of our Festival in "Face to Face" meetings. Munira Wilson, Daisy Cooper and Christine Jardine have all agreed to participate.

Discover more about their environmental views and discuss with them the sort of campaigns you would like to see, as we emerge from the pandemic economic lock-down. So, we will be chatting to more than half of our Parliamentary Party - and invitations have been sent to other MPs to join in some of the events we are setting up. So, watch this space for more info.

Keith Melton
Chair - Green Liberal Democrats


Vince speaking to Green Lib Dems conference in Nottingham, May 2018 (Kevin Daws)

2018 GLD Conference