This review of the Climate Change Question Time event was put together by Aylestone Transitioner Andy Brooks…
A panel of politicians assembled by the Bishop of Leicester in the Cathedral on Friday 2nd October for a “Climate Change Question Time”, chaired by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt. Revd. Tim Stevens, was listened to by an audience of over 70 people, but some of those attending were not satisfied with the politicians candour and credibility.
Answering questions posed by the audience and by e-mail in the two–hour–long session were panellists: MP Patricia Hewitt; MEP Roger Helmer; City Councillor Ross Willmott; County Councillor Dr. S. Hill; and a representative from Christian Aid.
It seemed to me that the politicians were high on hot air and low on real specifics. None of them was really straight or totally honest about what Climate Change may mean to Leicester and Leicestershire residents, here in the UK, in Europe. There was no leadership on the issue and this was so disappointing.
The amount of “food miles” of the items at the reception afterwards made me wonder if the organisers had really thought that ‘energy use and climate change means we must do it differently’. I think that the wine, juices and nibbles must have taken lots of energy to get to Leicester (except the crisps, of course!). The South African wine from half way across the planet could have been replaced by excellent wine from Strasbourg, Leicester’s twin city in Alsace; Mediterranean orange juice could have been replaced by fresh English Seasonal Apple juice from Hereford, Worcester or Gloucester; and the peanuts could have been Hazelnuts from Kent instead.
The Bishop was right to organise the event and he was really spot on with his analysis. It seems like the politicians are lagging behind The Church on Climate Change.