We would like constituents to be able to make an informed choice at the ballot box – with a clear idea of the parties’ policies on climate change and the environment. One of the ways they can do this is by attending election hustings and asking ‘the climate question’.
We’ve talked with other organisations and have produced ten possible questions on climate change and the environment (Election hustings questions).
We’ve also included a link to a Sheffield Climate Alliance page with another twenty five questions(http://www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net/2015/02/climate-questions-for-hustings/) . Additionally, the Centre for Alternative Technology has produced a Climate Manifestometer.
We hope you find these documents useful – wherever you are based.
[Since we completed our questions:
– Fuel Poverty Action, whose compelling ‘Energy Bill of Rights’ we have recently promoted https://kirkleescampaignagainstclimatechange.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/1446/ contacted us to let us know about their hustings questions. You can read them here http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/election/]
Under each of our questions there are links that give you the opportunity to read more about the subject.
We’ll be focusing our questions on the Colne Valley constituency. The Colne Valley hustings are listed below.
Colne Valley Election Hustings will be happening at several places including:
- Friday March 27th, University of Huddersfield (*see disclaimer below)
- Monday March 30th: St John’s Church, Golcar http://www.westyorkshiredales.anglican.org/?q=content/question-time-colne-valley
- Monday April 13th, Holmfirth
- Monday April 20th: Wills o’Nats pub, Meltham
- Monday April 27th: Marsden Mechanics
Further details nearer to the event, all take place in the evening
We have contacted the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to ask them to provide written responses to the first five questions. We will publish these on our website on Wednesday 15th April.
It would be good if across the hustings candidates and audiences would have the opportunity to engage with at least some of these questions.
If anyone would be interested in asking one of the questions we’ve provided, we’d be really interested to hear from them.
We would like to provide updates through our Weekly News newsletter each Monday on the questions that have been asked.
Of course, these thirty five questions are not exhaustive and individuals may well have their own preferred questions. We’d be interested to hear about them and whether you were able to ask them at a hustings.
Whilst we await publication of party manifestos, you may be interested to read:
- Friends of the Earth’s analysis of the climate agenda in different parties, produced at the end of 2014. https://kirkleescampaignagainstclimatechange.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/general-election-2015-consensus-and-choice-on-climate-change/
- An analysis of the UK party leaders’ joint climate pledge. http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/02/how-significant-is-the-uk-party-leaders-joint-climate-pledge/?utm_content=bufferb23b7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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