We’re delighted to announce details of the Green Events & Innovations Conference’s first session for 2019, and with the UK scheduled to leave the EU just a few weeks after the event, it couldn’t be a more pertinent nor timely topic…
Highly respected campaigner, Kierra Box, who currently leads the Brexit campaign at Friends of the Earth (FOE), and represents the organisation on the Greener UK and Brexit Civil Society Alliance coalitions, will be chairing a session dedicated to the effects of Brexit on the environment and events.
In recent months, Kierra has co-ordinated FOE’s work influencing government thinking on the new environmental watchdog, fed in to the development of future UK trade policy, and has engaged with EU governments to lobby for a commitment to non-regression in the future UK-EU relationship.
Kierra has been a passionate campaigner at FOE for three years, working additionally across food, behaviour change and trade issues, and has been actively campaigning for over 15 years, since being discovered as something of a child prodigy when co-founding Hands Up for Peace, a youth campaign against the war in Iraq, in 2003.
She ran the campaign until 2009, winning the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s National Campaigner Award in 2006. Following this, she led on the youth programme and headed up communications at voluntary sector infrastructure charity Community Matters, and spent two years as a campaigner on housing and welfare issues at Citizens Advice. We are delighted that Kierra will be joining us in London next year.
One thing is for certain, no one knows which outcome we will face come March. As well as discussing how Brexit could impact our events directly, the movement of people, agriculture, power, transport, trade etc, Kierra will present a call to action to ensure that the present rights of people and the environment are protected and enhanced.
Without campaigners like Kierra, and FOE, we’re at risk of a post-Brexit situation in which we have an environmental watchdog defending an environmental bill with scant enthusiasm. Decisions relating to both the environmental bill and watchdog will have ramifications for humans and the environment for generations to come.
If you want to participate in the discussion, and find out what Kierra, FOE and Greener UK have been campaigning for, plus attend many more sessions relating to the greening of events and festivals, including topics such as reusable serveware; campsite waste and behaviour; merchandise; touring and transport; and event catering and food, and have the opportunity to network with likeminded individuals, come to GEI11 in London on 5 March 2019. To find out more about the event, click here.
Plus, if you register between now and midnight (GMT) on Tuesday , you could save yourself or your company a few quid by taking advantage of our early-bird tickets. An early-bird ticket costs £80 + VAT.
The full GEI11 agenda along with key note speaker, chairs and panellists will be published over the next few months.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, if you have a product or service you wish to promote, have an idea for a session, or if you want to get involved – click here.