Bicester MP Sir Tony Baldry is to chair a forum which he hopes will be a timely reminder of the importance of policies which protect the planet for future generations.
Mr Baldry is set to introduce the guest speakers during the Sustainability Forum organised as part of the National Quaker week. Speakers include Dr Paul Parrish from the Quaker Council for European Affairs, Kate Raworth, senior researcher for Oxfam, and Nigel Winser, executive vice president and head of programs and Earthwatch based in Oxford.
Ms Raworth will be explaining how it is wealth and not poverty putting the planet under pressure and speaking to the Advertiser and Review she said: “We have to find ways to live between planetary boundaries and social boundaries, so that we achieve both environmental sustainability and social justice - we stand little chance of achieving one without the other.”
Dr Parrish is keen to advocate a Quaker response to the global challenges of sustainable energy security, climate change and conflict, He said: “Ultimately we need to develop a new, closer relationship with the energy we use, which will encourage us to value our energy more, and to use it less.
Sir Tony said: “I think the Quakers have taken this initiative largely because I think they see it as being important to our continuing focus on the need to have sustainable policies. And as a general principle we need to leave the planet to our children as we would have hoped to inherit it.
“And it is very easy on times of economic difficulty to ignore green issues or think they can wait for a sunnier day. But the fact of the matter is the world population is growing and there are considerable stresses on global food supplies, and in many parts of the world increasing stress on water supplies. So these are all important considerations and I think this particular meeting, which is a public meeting open to everyone, will look at these and it is a timely reminder that all our policies need to be sustainable.”
The forum takes place between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Thursday, October 4, at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Broughton Road, Banbury.