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@AlexChalkChelt @MollyMEP @mpmwilko @MartinChelt and George Penny are seated at St Andrews. Interesting discussion looks to follow 👀 #QTCheltenham #climate #yourview
The event is now in motion - our distinguished Chair, Professor Janet Dwyer, has invited the panel to say a few words about the purpose of the event @AlexChalkChelt believes the challenge is real but ‘very much achievable’
DISAGREEMENT: @MollyMEP has already thwarted @AlexChalkChelt view that technology plays an important role in fighting climate change. “It’s system change not climate change” is her response
QUESTIONS UNDERWAY: ‘Is there any movement towards banning plastic?’
@AlexChalkChelt states that taxing could be the answer.
“Any company that uses plastic with less than 1/3 recycled material are taxed a little bit more” #QTCheltenham #environment
“We need to identify exactly when we need to use plastics and maybe putting in place regulations on when plastic can be used” Labour Member George Penny follows a rather conservative line following his first question 🤔 #QTCheltenham #plasticfreecheltenham
@MartinChelt responds to the questions over plastic usage in Chelt with this, case specific example #cheltindustry #QTCheltenham
“I carry a biodegradable fork around with me” - @MollyMEP addresses the volume of food packaging in the area and praises Cheltenham’s plastic free shops #QTCheltenham
“If we said no more fossil fuels today, people would freeze in their homes. If we could stop fossil fuels today, and we started this process 20 years ago, I would.
We’re just not making the progress we need to be”@MollyMEP She suggests pollution can be offset by planting trees
TRANSPORT: @AlexChalkChelt “less than 2% of the UK make sub-2 mile journeys by walking or cycling” In the Netherlands, this statistic is closer to 35%
@MartinChelt feels the conservatives have attacked their decision to improve transport links and close boots corner to cars
@MartinChelt calls for @AlexChalkChelt to apologise for “disgraceful attack on Lib Dem’s Boots corner policy”
Things are turning political here, more updates as they unfold #QTCheltenham
@mpmwilko believes that the public transport industry needs improvement in rural areas and “Bus travel should be free for school children” #QTCheltenham
DISAGREEMENT: The discussion quickly turns back to Transport systems.@MollyMEP believes that “Bus fare shouldn’t be free, but it should be affordable”
An advocate of hydrogen, she suggests we generate energy this way #QTCheltenham
ARE ELECTRIC CARS THE ANSWER?
Here’s @AlexChalkChelt’s view on the potential replacement for fossil fuels 🚗 🌲
‘Climate change is a universal issue. Everyone has caused it and everyone needs to fix it’ - a brave statement to from a Pittville School Student. @MartinChelt “if you want to get anything done, you have to collaborate”
Labour Party Member George Penny states “We need to stop prioritising economic growth and we need to look at improving and incentivising sustainable industry”
Similarly, Green MEP @MollyMEP states “we need to remove the patent on green tech and share the content to make change”
“DON’T EAT MEAT” comes from @MartinChelt “the evidence is so clear now that it contributes to climate change, I think we all need to change our eating habits”
This answers one student’s query on Veganism and the positive impacts it can have 🌲🌳🐖💪 #CarbonDioxide #Farmers
The topic goes global: PALM OIL. “We need to assist local people with our financial muscle. We are a global superpower and we should be using this for conservation not growth”
@AlexChalkChelt
“The EU’s decision to allow palm oil to go into cars is a disaster” - @MollyMEP
“It is really hard to ditch plastic when you’re poor”
“The whole debate is skewed away from those with monetary difficulties” - @mpmwilko
The green representative takes a different view -“it’s about knowledge, if you know how to grow your own food, it’s much cheaper” @MollyMEP
How do we generate resources to make the changes that, at the moment, are too costly?
“Public investment, which makes things free for those who need it. A carbon tax is a very good idea, but the Tories let development drop”
@MollyMEP
@MartinChelt “market change without public subsidy is possible”
“Chelt Borough Council will invest £100M in carbon friendly housing in Cheltenham. The houses will be affordable to buy and affordable to rent and they’ll be environmentally friendly” The Liberal Democrat @mpmwilko defends action that local authorities are taking #QTCheltenham
A SECOND telling off is given to the panel. Members of the audience are calling for the politicians to stop ‘politicising and point scoring’
The panel unite for this answer and claim that a ‘political angle is necessary to make change’ #QTCheltenham
FINAL QUESTION - How do you convince people that climate change is a real issue?
“The people that need to act at state level, are acting, so I don’t think we need to worry that much” states @MollyMEP. @AlexChalkChelt contextualises the debate and targets America and China...
...stating that we need to “bring these nations forward as they’re miles behind” #QTCheltenham
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