Friends of the Earth groups from around Hertfordshire are coming together to organise a county council hustings focussing on the climate and ecological crises affecting us.
The Herts Environment Hustings will take place online from 7pm on Monday, April 12 and everyone is invited to book their place here.
The chair of the event will be 92.6fm Radio Verulam’s Nick Hazell.
St Albans Friends of the Earth coordinator Amanda Yorwerth said: “Herts County Council makes so many decisions that affect our environment – from cycle lanes on roads to waste incinerators and from managing road verges for pollinators to Meat Free Mondays in schools – so the elections coming up on May 6 are really important. We hope that the hustings we’re planning will give everyone who thinks that we should be tackling urgent environmental issues the chance to make an informed decision at the ballot box’.
All the main political parties – Conservatives, Green, Labour and LibDem – will have two representatives on the online panel answering a number of pre-set questions as well as questions set by the public tuning into the event.
Anna Addison from Watford Friends of the Earth said: “We have so little time to address the climate crisis, and we need to know what each political party is planning to do to tackle the issue at a county level. Not just that, but biodiversity in our county is at an all time low and we’ve learned from the pandemic that our health and the health of our environment go hand in hand.
“I think people will want to hear how the parties are looking to build back better taking the climate crisis into account. We’ll be using an online tool to enable everyone to suggest questions on the evening and the most popular ones will be those that get put to the party representatives.”
Everyone is welcome.