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Our hustings event, modelled on the BBC 1 show ‘Question Time’ is a fantastic opportunity to ask your local Brighton Pavilion candidates all those pressing questions concerning climate change and with the aim of teasing out their different approaches.Panel members include Green Party candidate Caroline Lucas, Labour candidate Purna Sen, Conservative Party candidate Clarence Mitchell, Lib Dem candidate Chris Bowers and UKIP candidate Nigel Carter. In the chair: Simon Maxwell.

Everyone will get an opportunity for their question to be asked, questions will be submitted before the event.

Through this event, we aim to:

– Encourage young people/first time voters to engage
– Gain a better understanding of the local candidates stance on environmental issues
– Encourage lively debate and awareness of the issues
– Give you an opportunity to question your potential MP’s
The event is sponsored by Community Energy South – a new umbrella group for local community energy groups across Sussex and surrounding counties.

Ticket Prices : £5 and concession £3

Doors and bar open: 7.00pm
Deadline for submitting questions: 7.30pm

Debate starts: 8.00pm (prompt – please be in your seats!)

 

 

Yesterday, Mondagreenpeacey 28 July, ministers opened the bidding process for companies seeking licences to explore the UK for onshore oil and gas by the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Companies now have the details they need to apply for licences which will enable them to start exploring for shale gas across the UK. Whilst this is only the first step and further drilling requires planning permission, permits from the Environment Agency and sign-off from the Health and Safety Executive, this action highlights the lack of commitment to exploring renewable, clean energy in the UK.

There has also been guidance released for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage Sites, National Parks and the Broads, which state that if exploration in these areas is rejected by local authorities, the Communities minister will automatically review and can overturn the decision.

This is not the way towards a stable energy market, with lower prices for consumers. There is a multitude of risks to fracking: methane contamination of drinking water; accidental spillages of fracking fluid contaminating waterways; minor earthquakes and landslides; problems disposing of contaminated fracking fluid; and noise, disruption and local air pollution from lorries and rig operations.

This is why we need to put pressure on the Government to champion clean, renewable energy sources and not those that impact our environment, health and the global climate.

Follow the link to sign Greenpeace’s petition:

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/fracking-david-cameron-most-shocking-speech?source=em&subsource=20140728fraem02&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=20140728fraem02

Community EPicture2nergy South, an association of  15 community energy groups across Southeast England, of which BHESCo is a core member, are hosting an evening with Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace UK on Tuesday 03 June at the Brighthelm Centre 19.30-21.00.
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Doug will be sharing his thoughts on a range of hot topics – from fracking to the merits of decentralised versus centralised energy generation, and the failure to address heating, including heat networks, as a key part of energy policy, which leaves us lagging behind other European countries and challenged to make a sustainable energy transition.
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Local Green MP Caroline Lucas will be joining the discussion, and will kick off the Q&A discussion by commenting on Doug’s talk.
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Cost: Tickets cost £5 on the door (£3 concessions).

Time: Drinks & informal networking at 19.00. Talk runs from 19.30-21.00. Time for further networking afterwards.

Location: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD.

Refreshments: Delicious free snacks and nibbles.

If you wish to attend, please reserve a place via the Community Energy South events webpage’s.


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