Environment - How can we achieve a low carbon economy?

The Aston Debates

Aston Debates 2015

4 March, Sumpner Lecture Theatre,  Aston University 6.00 - 8.00pm

Pre-event light refreshments will be available  from 5.00pm (Room MB652)

What is the role of civil society in designing and developing the future we want and the transition to a low carbon economy? And what of business? In the past, business – particularly big business - has been constructed as the ‘bad guy’ in terms of environmental degradation. But businesses are also reservoirs of the knowledge and innovation required to solve many environmental problems. But can this include small and medium-sized enterprises? Do they offer a way forward or are they struggling with ‘green tape’? Finally, what of organised labour? Trade unions represent approximately 7 million employees in the UK but the contribution of labour to environmental solutions is often overlooked.

This is one of a series of high profile public meetings with a built-in question time, organised during the 2015 General Election campaign. The Aston Debates will feature high-profile guest speakers, drawn from politics, business, academia and civil society. The aim? To be informative, provocative and to ‘cut through the spin’. 

Guest Speakers:
Dr Graeme Hayes– Reader in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University  and Editor in Chief, Social Movement Studies

Paul Hampton – Senior Research Officer, Fire Brigades Union

Allen Creedy – Chair of the Environment, Water and Energy policy unit for the Federation of Small Businesses; partner at Ethical Planning LLP and former Head of Sustainability at Newcastle City Council. 

The debate will be facilitated by community activist and political radio presenter  Charmaine Burton, a former Aston University student.

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