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PRESS RELEASE: Glastonbury Declares Climate Emergency.

by Dr Richard Tabor.

Published in the Central Somerset Gazette on Thursday, 28th February 2019.

In a rare moment of consensus ten of eleven Glastonbury Town Council members attending a meeting depleted by illness on Tuesday 12th February voted to pass a motion declaring a Climate Emergency put forward by two former mayors. Only Conservative representative and County Councillor Terry Napper abstained as other members from all parties voted in favour.

Green Party councillor Jon Cousins spoke to the motion which was supported by his colleague, Emma George. Citing the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures highlighted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change the council’s ambitious Climate Emergency committed Glastonbury to:

“1) Continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”

After reading out the motion Councillor Cousins spoke of the “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, reminding his colleagues that Climate Change is a serious issue effecting everyone. He noted that Town Councillors as representatives of the community needed to take action because seemingly insignificant every-day actions, such as discarding a plastic bag, can have far reaching consequences as demonstrated by the vast amount of plastic waste floating in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

He went on to say that the decisions we make now as individuals, as communities and as a nation will be judged by our children and grandchildren who will have to deal with the consequences. In calling for the motion to be adopted he concluded that the council had a duty to future generations to be on the ‘right side of history’. He received eloquent support from Councillor Emma George who explained that other Councils across the UK had already passed similar motions and had pledged to make their towns carbon neutral by 2030. Only Councillor Napper was unwilling to support the motion as he felt that the word ‘pledge’ was too strong. The passing of the vote was received with huge cheer from an uncharacteristically full public gallery.

Glastonbury Town Council declares ‘Climate Emergency’

Glastonbury’s Green Councillors are absolutely delighted that – this evening – Glastonbury Town Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and pledged to make the operation of Council carbon neutral by 2030; with cross-party support for the Climate Emergency Motion proposed and seconded by Green Councillors Lindsay MacDougall and Jon Cousins.

Climate Emergency Motion:
In light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change – warning of the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures, and highlighting the need for rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – this Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ and will:
1) continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

Green Lord Mayor visits Glastonbury!

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Green Cllr. Cleo Lake

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Green Cllr. Cleo Lake will be opening Somerset Multicultural Association’s Black History Month Free Family Fun Day at the Red Brick Building, Glastonbury at 12 noon on Sunday, 7th October.

The event includes performances by TANGLE Theatre Company, Benji & Hibbz, and Oska Zaky – as well as children’s activities, talks, and workshops.

Somerset Multicultural Association’s aim is to bring BME people who live in rural Somerset together, as well as inviting the community as a whole to learn about and celebrate Black history and culture.

To find out more, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/783037425233813/

New Green Party Leaders Announced!

The votes for the Green Party Leadership, Executive, and Policy Development Committee elections are in and have been counted.

The results are as follows:

Co-Leaders: Jonathan Bartley & Siân Berry

Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley at Pride 2016

Deputy Leader: Amelia Womack

Amelia Womack

Campaigns Co-Ordinator: Britta Goodman & Caroline New

Chair: Liz Reason

Elections Co-Ordinator Tom Beament & Judy Maciejowska

Equalities and Diversity Co-ordinator: Claudine Letsae

External Communications Co-Ordinator: Rob Shepherd

Finance Co-Ordinator: Sebastian Sandys

International Co-Ordinator: Michal Chantkowski & Alice Hubbard

Management Co-Ordinator: Zoe Nicholson

Policy Development Co-Ordinator: Ronald Stewart

Trade union Liaison Officer: Paul Valentine

Policy Development Committee (PDC): Emma Robson, Ben Samuel, and Linda Freeman

See more details on the GPEW website

Thank you to everyone who voted. The Green Party is proud to be a grassroots democratic movement and these important elections can’t happen without you.

Kind regards,

Sara Dryden
Deputy Electoral Returning Officer, Green Party of England and Wales

GSGP Members’ Meetings

Message from GSGP Membership Secretary, Christine Prior:

GSGP are holding a regular local Green Party branch members’ meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm in the Morland Room of the Red Brick Building. It is a good meeting place and it would be great to see you there one of these days.”

Up-and-coming 2018 GSGP members’ meeting dates are as follows: 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November.

The Red Brick Building is on the Morland Enterprise Park, (Morland Road, Glastonbury BA6 9FT).

Greens campaign for a People’s Vote

On 23rd June, Green Party members joined over 100,000 people who marched on Parliament Square to demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.

Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas, was among the speakers who argued the case for Britain to remain in the EU at the rally in London.  Caroline said that a new political consensus needed to be built around the campaign to remain in the European Union.

We can’t afford to be defenders of the establishment, of some kind of vapid centrism that has failed in the past and will fail again. Our campaign must be radical, it must be young, it must be diverse; it must listen to people, empower them and create reasons for hope; it mustn’t simply make economic threats and call those who threatened to leave ‘stupid’. We must be different to win and we have to win.

On freedom of movement, Caroline said that it was a “precious gift to be able to travel, work, study and live and love in 27 countries,” continuing: “We should be celebrating freedom of movement, not apologising for it!

Civic Inauguration of 4th Green Deputy Mayor!

On Sunday, 10th June, Green Councillor Alyson Black was formally inaugurated as the Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury at St. John’s Church.

Deputy Mayor Alyson Black and Escort Linda Little at Glastonbury Town Hall on Mayor’s Sunday, 10th June 2018.

Alyson, who is Chair of Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town Steering Group, will also become Chair of the Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee as part of her new role. Outside of her work as a Town Councillor, Alyson spends time volunteering for Glastonbury Abbey’s wildlife area and for rescued horses.

Speaking about being Deputy Mayor, Alyson said, “This year, as my focus, I would like to work with the wildlife organisations in our area to protect and develop wildlife sanctuaries, and also Glastonbury’s wildlife corridors – as mentioned in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Volunteers Week Launched by Glastonbury’s new Deputy Mayor

Make a difference to your local community through volunteering” was the message when CSW You Can Do joined Glastonbury’s new, Green, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Alyson Black to celebrate the launch of Volunteers Week 2018 by hosting a Volunteer Fair at Glastonbury Town Hall, on Friday 1st June.

This was Alyson’s first official engagement as Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury, a role in which she will be formally inaugurated on Mayor’s Sunday later this month!

Congratulations Alyson Black, our new Deputy Mayor

Glastonbury & Street Green Party is delighted to announce that Green Councillor Alyson Black was elected Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury with a unanimous vote at last night’s Town Council ‘Mayor Making’ meeting.

Alyson, who has served on Glastonbury Council for the St. Edmund’s Ward since 2011, becomes the town’s fourth Green Deputy Mayor in five years!

Although she is our new Deputy, Alyson is no stranger to Mayoral Engagements because she was the Deputy Mayor’s Escort to Glastonbury’s first Green Deputy Mayor – Cllr. Denise Michell – in 2014/2015.

Alyson’s formal Civic Inauguration will take place at St. John’s Church on Mayor’s Sunday, 10th June.