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From Trump to Farage to Bolsonaro

Can the rise of nationalism and populism be countered by Green Internationalism? This event will be an opportunity to explore the alliances that need to be built worldwide to combat populism and nationalism. Examples of these alliances could include groups such as women, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, environmental groups, trades unions and many others who at different points in history have been marginalised. Nationalism and populism often works by setting these groups against each other, so how do we identify what unites us, so that we can counter the negative force of pernicious politics?

Speakers include:

Aurelien Mondon

Senior Lecturer in politics at the University of Bath. His research focuses predominantly on the impact of racism and populism on liberal democracies and the mainstreaming of far right politics through elite discourse. His first book, The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony?, was published in 2013 and he recently co-edited After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, racism and free speech published with Zed. His latest book Reactionary democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream, co-written with Aaron Winter, is out with Verso.

Molly Scott Cato

The Vice Chair of the European Movement and previously the MEP for South West England. She has seen the growth in fascism in Europe close up and is disturbed by the way its methods are spreading in the UK. She will offer insights into what we are looking for and what we can do to counter it. Molly is the national Green Party speaker on economy and finance and the party's External Communications Coordinator.

This will be followed by an opportunity the question the speakers and add thoughts and comments to the debate.

The event is a free online event to which everyone is welcome.

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Satire is a powerful art form using humour to critique an unfavourable aspect of society and used by many as a powerful tool to interpret political and social events.

Speakers from political activist collective Led by Donkeys and from Extinction Rebellion will talk about how they use humour to critique unfavourable aspects of society and to interpret political and social events.

Led by Donkeys’ actions have included:

  • Projecting anti-Brexit and pro-refugee images onto the White Cliffs of Dover;
  • Posting the quotes of politicians on advertising billboards to expose the government’s lies about Brexit.
  • Filming a parody video with the cast of police drama Line of Duty, apparently showing prime minister Boris Johnson being interrogated about his behaviour during the Covid crisis.

BEN STEWART

Co-founder of Led By Donkeys. He worked at Greenpeace for 20 years, where his roles included communications director. He was one of the Kingsnorth 6: activists who shut down a controversial coal-fired power station and were acquitted at the subsequent trial.

SARAH LUNNON

Sarah has represented the Green Party at Town, District and County Council level, and over 15 years was thrown off only one of them. In 2017, after standing down from Gloucestershire County Council, she became involved in nonviolent civil resistance, and since then has been involved in some of the UK’s most high-profile environmental campaigns.

how this shapes who we are today – and what should we do about it?

Wealth from enslavement and colonialism helped drive our country and Stroud’s industrial revolution, our mills, canals and railways. Some local massive estates were bought with profits from enslavement and Empire. Some of the owners of these estates are currently making further profits from greenfield development and soaring house prices, while limiting public access to a few footpaths. People who would like to grow food or plant trees are excluded by unaffordable land prices. How does this history affect our attitudes to other countries, migrants and our diverse society today?

With us to discuss these issues were:

Cleo Lake

Social justice activist, artist, first Woman of Colour and first Green Party Lord Mayor of Bristol 2018-19, involved in community arts, Colston Statue and reparations issues.

Stuart Butler

Radical Stroud Historian: Peripatetic, Performative, Informative: 'Footprints not Footnotes'.

Jyoti Fernandes

Policy and Campaigns Coordinator (and farmer) – Landworkers Alliance

Choosing to eat or be warm - what is the reality of POVERTY in Stroud today and what is being done about it?

The number of children in Stroud living in low-income families is rising. In the UK 13% of children live in food insecure households, 12% of adults living with children report skipping meals, while 4% of adults with children report going for a whole day without eating.

This Cloud Cafe, with the help of a range of inspirational speakers, will explore what we know about poverty in the UK and here in Stroud, what different organisations are doing about it and give participants a chance to discuss where the gaps may be and what more needs to be done. Poverty is a political issue - there should be no place for it in the 21st Century!

Speakers include:

JADE BASHFORD

Jade works for the Real Farming Trust on a UK wide practical and research project to address food poverty and food sovereignty. She has worked on equality and community building in the food and farming sector for thirty years, seeking practical systemic solutions to injustice with the Soil Association and Community Land Advisory Service. She presently volunteers for Trinity Food Hub in Stroud and is an owner of Stroud Brewery and is engaged in community life in Stroud;

ROBIN BURGESS

Robin has worked in the charity or public sector for over forty years, spending most of that either as a charity CEO or in policy and strategy, especially related to poverty, addictions, homelessness, problem gambling and quality improvement in the NHS.

Robin has been a volunteer and managed or worked with volunteers throughout his career. His current charity, the Northampton Hope Centre provides a wide range of services to people in poverty and homelessness and hosts the local Equalities group for this area.

LYNSEY KELLEHER

Joining Lynsey Kelleher will be a representative of a community hub in Stroud. Lynsey is a single mum to 4 children who has been on Universal Credit since 2020, when the pandemic and a set of circumstances meant she lost her business. Lynsey started the Uplands Community Hub to create a supportive network throughout  the community offering food and practical support.

February's Cloud Cafe featured some fantastic speakers who use their experience of the creative world to motivate, inspire and raise awareness for change. Speakers included:

Tweedy the Clown

Infamous entertainer from both Giffords Circus and the theatre. Accomplished in most circus skills, he is proficient at playing various musical instruments and regularly performs magic. Tweedy recently starred in waiting for Godot at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.

Emily Joy

A Stroud based sculptor who is a socially engaged artist and researcher and whose current work reflects environmental concerns. Fundamental to her work is the idea of self and other, and how we connect, care and share. Emily sees these issues as fundamental to the environmental crisis.

Katharina Child

From Atelier in Stroud who is the environmental lead at a local company and runs Atelier as a community maker/art space. She has also been convening a set of 'Culture Reset' dialogues in Stroud as a way of getting conversations going about the role of the arts in social action.

Sarah Nicolls

Pianist, composer and inventor of the ‘Inside-out Piano’, who toured her work ’12 Years’, a one-hour piece of original music and text, using real interviews, speeches and headlines from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report 1.5 in 2018 to Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and David Wallace-Wells, author of ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’. Sarah is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and features on several CDs.

There is room at the Inn

The Nationality and Borders Bill, which makes arriving in the UK without permission a criminal offence, will be the topic of a public meeting in Stroud on December 8.

The audience heard how the Bill overturns 70 years of UK adherence to the 1952 Refugee Convention and curtails the rights of refugees.

Organiser Elizabeth Lee said: “Many of us believe that not welcoming homeless, destitute and exhausted people to our country should be a criminal offence, and that our government is acting uncharitably and inhumanely.

“The Bill is now at the Committee stage following its second reading. There is an opportunity for changes to be made to the wording or for new clauses to be added. It’s vitally important to understand what is being proposed so that people can have their say about this heartless Bill.”

Our speakers were:

judith large

Judith Large has spent much of her adult life working on crisis response and recovery both in war zones and during post conflict transition, both settings frequently involving mass population displacement and resettlement needs. She has worked at local level in support of refugee reception centres in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990's, moving later to policy and agency response as per contracted assignments for the Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Currently she advises on a Forced Migration project at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent, where she is a Senior Fellow.

Close proximity in Kent has led to her active engagement with Napier Barracks for the past two years, from support to asylum seekers detained there to advocacy and lobbying for Napier's closure. Judith is actively campaigning against the Nationalisation and Borders Bill which overturns 70 years of UK adherence to the 1952 Refugee Convention and curtails the rights of refugees. She sees this as a test case on many fronts; the rejection of international treaties; a disregard for human rights law and conventions; the securitisation of citizenship; the creation of deliberate inequalities, and another step towards a Britain which functions as a gated, garrison state.

caroline beatty

Caroline Beatty is the founder and manager of Hill House Retreats in Amberley, which offers 'sanctuary breaks’ for refugees, asylum seekers and others seeking sanctuary it the UK . She is Co-Chair of Bristol City of Sanctuary since 2017.

And former manager of Bristol Refugee Rights - providing the first social and welcome centre for refugees in Bristol.  Her background is in Race Equality community and training work in Rochdale, Manchester and Swindon.

Helen Kidan

Helen Kidan, left Eritrea as a child with her family, and has long experience of working with women in Eritrea, and now with the community of people seeking sanctuary in Bristol from many countries. She is an experienced speaker and has a particular interest in the way that the climate emergency is driving conflict and migration in many parts of the world.

Listen to first-hand accounts from people who attended the summit or drive the green agenda and hear their ideas about what we can do as a local community to help achieve some of the targets.

Our speakers were:

Carla Denyer - Co-leader of the Green Party of England & Wales.

Carla is the co-leader of the Green Party with Adrian Ramsay and a councillor for Clifton Down in Bristol, as part of the largest Green councillor group in the UK. In 2018 she proposed the first Climate Emergency declaration in Europe, committing Bristol to go carbon neutral by 2030 and inspiring hundreds of other organisations to follow her lead. She is the Green Party’s Housing and Communities spokesperson, with a track record of standing up for renters and working to prevent homelessness. Before entering politics, Carla worked as a renewable energy engineer, specialising in offshore and onshore wind.

Dr Simon Pickering - Ecologist & Environment Advisor for Ecotricity, Co-chair of Gfirst Business Energy Group and Advisor to Business Declares.

Simon has been a professional ecologist for over 40 years (working on Bats to Beavers, Albatrosses to Flamingos). He has help design and create internationally important wetlands, introduced beavers to Gloucestershire and advised Government on issues including human disturbance of wildlife, bat and wind turbines.

He recently stood down (after 21 years) as Green Cllr on Stroud District Council where, as Chair of the Environment committee, he oversaw the council cutting its waste to landfill by 50%, the development of nationally acclaimed natural flood management scheme and the council becoming the first carbon neutral council in Europe.

Dan Green - Climate Youth Striker.

Dan is a 17 year old student at Archway 6th form in Stroud, he was one of the founding members of Stroud youth strike 4 climate back in 2019. These continued almost every month from February 2019 until march 2020, with the largest having around 1500 protesters. Dan has always had a keen interest in environmental issues and wanted to provide an opportunity for young people around Stroud to have a voice that was taken seriously.

Juliet Davenport - Climate scientist, renewable pioneer, businesswoman, environmental activist.

Juliet Davenport has spent more than 20 years not just advocating for solutions to climate change, but actively creating them. Having achieved degrees in atmospheric physics and economics, Juliet founded one of the UK’s first 100% renewable electricity suppliers in 1999. An innovator whose contribution to climate action over the last two decades is among the greatest in the UK, today she is a figurehead for climate change action.

People are waking up to the fact that not only is climate change upon us, but it appears to have accelerated far faster than predicted. The time for fine words and no action must now stop. We must act.

In November, the world will head to Glasgow for the 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties – COP26. Taking place from 1-12 November 2021 – delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic – this is the opportunity for governments, NGOs, trade unions, businesses, and everyone else with any interest in climate change to meet, review and negotiate global action to prevent further worsening of the climate emergency.

To explain more about how the summit will work, the European position and the role of NGOs, we present three excellent speakers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. They are:

  • Pär Holmgren, a meteorologist and climate expert and, since 2019, a member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Green Party (Miljöpartiet de Gröna). In the Parliament, Pär Holmgren serves a member on the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), as well as substitute member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and the Committe for Transport and Tourism (TRAN). He is also chairing the working group within the Greens/EFA on Climate.
  • Richard Lancaster is a Greenpeace activist who has been a member of Greenpeace for over 30 years and dedicates much of his free time to campaigning and giving environmental themed talks to educational establishments, companies, community and faith groups. Richard is now convinced that climate change is the biggest challenge we now face.
  • Rod Nelson, who as an environmental activist, was a delegate at the 2018 COP23 summit in Bonn as a member of the Green Economics Foundation. He will be able to explain the purpose behind the event, how it works and who will be there.

Rod Nelson's pictures from his presentation

India, the mother, the great Sacred Cow amongst nations, has produced a display stand of Bollywood magnificence, and considerable opulence. I scratch my head at what this means and why. The image I remember is a photograph of the ruthlessly political and extremely worldly wise Narendra Modi sitting in half-lotus on the Janpath in Delhi, with the magnificent Empire architecture of Lutyens as a background to hundreds and hundreds of Yoga practitioners joining with their Prime Minister to practice. If there is one thing I do know, it is that all people who practice Yoga are equal on the mat, so the image pleases me. And even though I know I am being a sucker for being pleased a soft smile comes to my mouth that there are certain things that cut through politics.
Every evening at 5, all comers from every nation on Earth, no questions asked, nobody excluded however unpromising, are welcome to come onto the Indian Stand to practice for an hour under some really delightful, stylish and expert Yoga tutors. Here we are, stretching ourselves in thirty languages. Thank you India!
India, the mother, the great Sacred Cow amongst nations, has produced a display stand of Bollywood magnificence, and considerable opulence. I scratch my head at what this means and why. The image I remember is a photograph of the ruthlessly political and extremely worldly wise Narendra Modi sitting in half-lotus on the Janpath in Delhi, with the magnificent Empire architecture of Lutyens as a background to hundreds and hundreds of Yoga practitioners joining with their Prime Minister to practice. If there is one thing I do know, it is that all people who practice Yoga are equal on the mat, so the image pleases me. And even though I know I am being a sucker for being pleased a soft smile comes to my mouth that there are certain things that cut through politics. Every evening at 5, all comers from every nation on Earth, no questions asked, nobody excluded however unpromising, are welcome to come onto the Indian Stand to practice for an hour under some really delightful, stylish and expert Yoga tutors. Here we are, stretching ourselves in thirty languages. Thank you India!
The sinuous tarmac way to COP23 in November 2017 upon which the eternal thunderous ribbon of  European prosperity snakes its way nose to tail into Germany, and I am part of it. But my purposes are different from almost everyone else in this procession.
The sinuous tarmac way to COP23 in November 2017 upon which the eternal thunderous ribbon of European prosperity snakes its way nose to tail into Germany, and I am part of it. But my purposes are different from almost everyone else in this procession.
I am sitting in a darkened room on a plastic chair, one of hundreds of minds and brains and energies organised neatly into serried rows in the Forestry conference day at the COP, a tiny speck of being, but the one I call me. As the speaker intones, I allow my eyelids to half close, and the sense of warm cosy sleepiness lulls me dangerously towards that indolent den of comfort, the oblivion of Morpheus. The speaker speaks of forests, forestry, forestry initiatives, of measures and protocols, standards and protections, parternships and planning and a whole lot else besides. Suddenly I snap out of it: there is some creativity to be done. I am instantly taken back to 1994 when I first went to a forestry conference. A sudden spark of realisation comes to me. THE LANGUAGE IS IDENTICAL. I have heard all this before. This single speaker has been speaking for twenty three years and nothing has changed!. Furiously I start to scribble down the words as they pour in an endless torrent from his mouth. I write them as they are.
I am sitting in a darkened room on a plastic chair, one of hundreds of minds and brains and energies organised neatly into serried rows in the Forestry conference day at the COP, a tiny speck of being, but the one I call me. As the speaker intones, I allow my eyelids to half close, and the sense of warm cosy sleepiness lulls me dangerously towards that indolent den of comfort, the oblivion of Morpheus. The speaker speaks of forests, forestry, forestry initiatives, of measures and protocols, standards and protections, parternships and planning and a whole lot else besides. Suddenly I snap out of it: there is some creativity to be done. I am instantly taken back to 1994 when I first went to a forestry conference. A sudden spark of realisation comes to me. THE LANGUAGE IS IDENTICAL. I have heard all this before. This single speaker has been speaking for twenty three years and nothing has changed!. Furiously I start to scribble down the words as they pour in an endless torrent from his mouth. I write them as they are.
India, the mother, the great Sacred Cow amongst nations, has produced a display stand of Bollywood magnificence, and considerable opulence. I scratch my head at what this means and why. The image I remember is a photograph of the ruthlessly political and extremely worldly wise Narendra Modi sitting in half-lotus on the Janpath in Delhi, with the magnificent Empire architecture of Lutyens as a background to hundreds and hundreds of Yoga practitioners joining with their Prime Minister to practice. If there is one thing I do know, it is that all people who practice Yoga are equal on the mat, so the image pleases me. And even though I know I am being a sucker for being pleased a soft smile comes to my mouth that there are certain things that cut through politics.
Every evening at 5, all comers from every nation on Earth, no questions asked, nobody excluded however unpromising, are welcome to come onto the Indian Stand to practice for an hour under some really delightful, stylish and expert Yoga tutors. Here we are, stretching ourselves in thirty languages. Thank you India!
India, the mother, the great Sacred Cow amongst nations, has produced a display stand of Bollywood magnificence, and considerable opulence. I scratch my head at what this means and why. The image I remember is a photograph of the ruthlessly political and extremely worldly wise Narendra Modi sitting in half-lotus on the Janpath in Delhi, with the magnificent Empire architecture of Lutyens as a background to hundreds and hundreds of Yoga practitioners joining with their Prime Minister to practice. If there is one thing I do know, it is that all people who practice Yoga are equal on the mat, so the image pleases me. And even though I know I am being a sucker for being pleased a soft smile comes to my mouth that there are certain things that cut through politics. Every evening at 5, all comers from every nation on Earth, no questions asked, nobody excluded however unpromising, are welcome to come onto the Indian Stand to practice for an hour under some really delightful, stylish and expert Yoga tutors. Here we are, stretching ourselves in thirty languages. Thank you India!
Egged on by the magnificent and formidable Bianca Jagger, every shaman in the place is assembled in revolutionary defiance. WE NEED A SEAT AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE! Yes, we do.
Egged on by the magnificent and formidable Bianca Jagger, every shaman in the place is assembled in revolutionary defiance. WE NEED A SEAT AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE! Yes, we do.
The faceless men……there they are, faceless, and there they are, men. Oh man! There must be money in it, no other explanation fits for the rapt attention, the full attendance, the complete order, such conformity. The room hangs on every word….or does it? I wonder what is going through the mind of the shaman sitting in front of me. I wonder what ancestral memories lie under that magnificant headpiece, what magical knowledge there must be on those shoulders.
The faceless men……there they are, faceless, and there they are, men. Oh man! There must be money in it, no other explanation fits for the rapt attention, the full attendance, the complete order, such conformity. The room hangs on every word….or does it? I wonder what is going through the mind of the shaman sitting in front of me. I wonder what ancestral memories lie under that magnificant headpiece, what magical knowledge there must be on those shoulders.

Whether we live in cities, towns or the countryside, transport is key to enabling us to go about our daily lives. However, over- reliance on the car has helped push CO2 emissions in this country to unsustainable levels. The COP26 summit later this year is a real opportunity to put discussions about a shift to sustainable transport to the fore. As a forerunner to this critical event, we have invited speakers with a wealth of experience in this matter to discuss their work and answer audience questions, our speakers were:

Click here to view the video, and click here for the presentation from Richard Lloyd.

The future for the right to peaceful protest in the wake of the controversial Police Bill was discussed at an online public meeting on Wednesday July 14 from 7.30pm-9pm.

Stroud District Green Party’s Cloud Café discussion forum will hear from speakers who are experienced in organising demonstrations and non-violent dissent.

They will talk about the practicalities of facilitating protest, will share the issues they’ve faced in planning events and their top tips for effective actions, and will discuss the potential implications of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

  • David Lambert is an Extinction Rebellion activist from Stroud who was one of a group charged with criminal damage after an action at the Shell HQ building. They were acquitted in April after successfully arguing that the damage they caused was negligible compared to the damage being caused by Shell and that they acted to save lives. Having been arrested several times, including for criminal damage and aggravated trespass, David believes that we have a right and a duty to disobey and rebel when our government is failing to protect humanity and the natural world.
  • Olympic sailor Laura Baldwin of Ocean Rebellion - Extinction Rebellion's sea-focused campaign group – was among the hundreds of climate campaigners who protested in Cornwall on the first day of the G7 summit. They called for G7 world leaders to act immediately to honour the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015, and to address the climate and ecological emergency.
  • Nabeela Akhtar is an anti-racism campaigner who is involved in inclusion work with a focus on intersectionality in a number of organisations including Stroud Against Racism, which was formed last year in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Her work is about highlighting the injustices faced by racialised minorities and promoting understanding of different marginalised people, through learning, partnership and direct action. Nabeela has taken part in actions for multiple causes including Reclaim the Night, anti-war, Palestinian solidarity, pro-EU, and Black Lives Matter. She will give her insights into how, through the Police Bill in particular, protest is being demonised in an attempt to stop scrutiny of injustice, and will discuss the importance of effective messaging in countering the misrepresentation of people who exercise their right to protest.
  • Human rights lawyer Jules Carey is head of the actions against police and state team at Bindmans. He represented a number of MPs in their challenge to the Metropolitan Police ban on Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising protests in London in 2019. More than 400 XR activists were arrested during the four-day ban, though charges were later dropped. Jules believes that protest is necessary to ensure that dissenting voices raising public concerns are heard by those in authority. There is a pressing need for government to react to the climate emergency and the suppression of non-violent civil disobedience must be resisted, he says.

Click here to view the video.

IF THE LAST YEAR HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT IS HOW MUCH WE VALUE OUR COUNTRYSIDE AND THE ENJOYMENT OF WALKING THROUGH IT.

Travelling to work or school without using the car, finding new routes and discovering places previously unknown to us. This session will explore some of the new and exciting opportunities, both local and national, being planned to improve access to the countryside and some of the barriers that have prevented it. Amongst our speakers were:

  • Daniel Raven Ellison, guerrilla geographer and brain child of Slow Ways - a network of 7,000+ walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities. You can find out more and get involved here.
  • Jack Cornish from the Don’t Lose Your Way campaign at the Ramblers (Britain’s largest walking charity). The campaign focuses on supporting volunteers in finding lost rights of way and researching historical research so that they can be applied for to go back on to the map (and on the ground!).
  • Alan Bently, Principal Rights of Way Officer GCC. Alan has been involved in managing and improving public rights of way for over 30 years, both in the north east and here in Gloucestershire, with a recent spell in Sustainable Transport too. Alan currently leads a small team looking after the day to day management and protection of the 3400 mile network across the county, along with a role as Access Authority with powers associated with CROW Access Land, and we have also recently spent time and resources improving the multi user trail  along the old railway line between Stroud and Nailsworth.

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How do we recover from the four-year nightmare that was Trump?

What does the future hold for American progressives confronted with a far right that is most likely not going away?

What does the Biden presidency mean for the US and the rest of the world facing two of the most serious crises in modern history: the climate crisis and the pandemic?

How do we make sure the issues of racial and economic injustice and inequality are put front and centre as we face the future?

Our speakers include:

  • Rebecca Kemble who serves on the Board of Directors of the Madison Mutual Aid Network, and HUMANS, the global Mutual Aid Network. She serves as President of the Board of Directors for the online publication Toward FreedomToward Freedom and is a founding member of the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative.
  • Paul De Main, also known as Skabewis, a news journalist and Oneida/Ojibwe traditionalist. He is the Managing Editor and CEO of Indian Country Communications, News from Indian Country, and producer for Indian Country TV, based on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in northern Wisconsin. He's a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and of Ojibwe descent, with relations on many Ojibwe reservations here in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He's also a former Indian Affairs Policy Advisor under Governor Anthony S. Earl from 1982-1986.
  • Larry Sanders - an American-British academic, social worker, politician, and health spokesperson of the Green Party of England and Wales. Sanders immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1969 and became a university lecturer first at the University of West London and later at Oxford in the Department of Social Administration. He is the older brother of Bernie Sanders, United States Senator and twice U.S. presidential candidate.

As we emerge from the Covid crisis we will still be facing the deeper and longer climate crisis. This is the year that all eyes will turn to the UK as the host country for the latest UN climate talks. Our speakers include:

  • Sarah Lunnon of the CEE Bill - in a previous life has been a historic building surveyor, a local authority councillor for the Green Party, representing Stroud at District and County level and the coordinator of Extinction Rebellion's Political Circle. She is now working with the CEE Bill Alliance, lobbying to change the law to protect our future.
  • Carla Denyer on the Green's 10 point climate plan - Green Party councillor in Bristol. In 2018 she proposed the first Climate Emergency motion in Europe. Before entering politics, Carla worked as an engineer in the renewable energy industry, specialising in offshore and onshore wind technology. She was the 2019 Green Party parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, and was also a candidate in the 2019 European Elections.
  • Laura Baldwin from Green's CAN (Climate Action Network) - Green Party member, mother, Olympic sailor, activist, community connector, building resilience and environmental restoration. The Green's CAN was established in November 2020 in response to the governments inadequate action on the climate and ecological emergency.

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With local planning and regulatory authorities failing to control pollution, community groups around the country are responding to the challenge of monitoring and protecting their local environments.
Our speakers include:

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Panellists include:

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Panellists include:

  • Sarah Dixon and James Beecher (Stroud Coronavirus Community Response)
  • Lynn Haanen (Stroud District Green Party)
  • Tom Scott (Writer, Editor & Lecturer)

09.09.20 - Cloud Cafe - The Politics of Climate: Where are we now?

Panellists include:

  • Sarah Lunnon - Former Green Party Councillor on District, County and Town for Stroud. Coordinator of the Extinction Rebellion's Political Circle and currently working with an alliance groups to highlight the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.
  • Riccardo Mastini - PhD candidate in Ecological Economics & Political Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Member of the academic collective Research & Degrowth and of the international network Wellbeing Economy Alliance. Policy advisor for the international campaign Green New Deal for Europe.
  • Robert Noyes - From Platform London - a campaigning organisation focusing on social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry. Platform combine art, activism, education and research in one organisation

08.07.20 - Cloud Cafe - Build Back Better across Europe

Panellists include:

  • Ville Niinistö - Finnish MEP, Greens Coordinator in #ITRE and former MP, Environment Minister and party leader.
  • Ernest Urtasun - Spanish ecosocialist politician & MEP - Vice President of Greens/EFA.
  • Laura MacKenzie - Senior Parliamentary Advisor on climate, nature, farming, food, post-growth politics & wellbeing economics.
  • Ruth Potts - Author at Green New Deal Group & Lead on GND APPG Reset Inquiry.

24.06.20 - Cloud Cafe - Build Back Better 2 - This time it's local...

Panellists include:

  • Will Mansell - Founder of the Foodbank & social enterprise entrepreneur.
  • Martin Large - Co-founder of Stroud Commonwealth & Chair of Oakbrook Community Farm Co-op.
  • Rebecca Trevalyan – Co-founder of Library of Things and high streets advocate.
  • William Frazer - NFU Gloucestershire County Adviser

10.06.20 - Cloud Cafe - International Response to Covid-19

Panellists include:

  • Miguel Polido - Director of Health Care Services for the Secretary of Health of Bogota, Colombia.
  • Adele Owen - Director of GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
  • Dr Yixian Sun - Lecturer & Assistant Professor in International Development at the University of Bath.
  • Fariba Alamgir - Postdoctoral Researcher for Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath.

27.05.20 - Cloud Cafe - Build Back Better

Panellists include:

  • Cllr Catherine Braun - Green Party District Councillor for Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.
  • Professor Molly Scott Cato - Green Economist and former Green Party MEP for South West.
  • Hugh Barton - Town planner - Emeritus Professor of Planning, Health & Sustainability.
  • David Owen - CEO of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirstLEP).

13.05.20 - Protecting Stroud District Community

Panellists include:

  • Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities representative.
  • Rachel Smith - Leader of the Green Group on Gloucestershire County Council.
  • Dr Richard Dean - Local GP.
  • Chris Jockel - Workplace Occupational Health & Safety expert.

29.04.20 - Civil Liberties in the age of COVID-19

Panellists include:

  • Martin Surl - Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.
  • Jenny Jones - Green member of the House of Lords.
  • Tom Scott - Lecturer and author of a report on abuses of social media during the 2016 referendum.

05.04.20 - Community Response to Covid-19

Panellists include:

  • Molly Scott Cato - Green Party spokesperson on Finance & EU, former MEP.
  • Martin Whiteside - Leader of the Green Group on Stroud District Council.
  • Liz Whiteside - Stroudco.
  • Nick Weir - Open Food Network UK.
  • Catherine Braun – Green Stroud District Councillor, Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.

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