Wednesday, 4 November 2009
"The Green Party needs its younger members to drive it forward in Northern Ireland from its modest beginnings to a Green future." - STEVEN AGNEW SPEAKS AT QUB
Steven began by highlighting the progress of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, and comparison with other countries where the Greens have managed to achieve real influence. He also detailed some of the key issues that he works on at Stormont with the Green MLA Brian Wilson. For example renewably energy, issues around waste solutions, investment in public transport, concern for CO2 emissions and finally Copenhagen. The last of these is vital, but global issues should not overshadow local concerns and engagement with people in between elections. The Green Party needs its younger members to drive it forward in Northern Ireland from its modest beginnings to a Green future, a Green economy is what can create jobs and tackle environmental challenges! : )
Steven’s talk was followed by questions, regarding cynicism in politics, helping people understand the importance of climate change, engagement with all parts of society, the new Environment Minister (who at least recognises our role in creating climate change!), the role of livestock in emissions and the importance of engaging young people in politics generally.