External fringe programme at Autumn Conference 2019

Saturday 5 October, 09.00-10.15

Why thinking differently about the economy is essential to delivering high quality universal services and a Green New Deal?
- Gower Initiative for Modern Money Studies

Over the last few decades there has been a fundamental shift in the way we talk about the public sector. Instead of looking at how to best address the climate crisis, provide essential universal services and tackle poverty and inequality political debate centres first and foremost on the question of how government will pay for it. Changing this debate about our economy requires a better understanding of how money works so that we can address the big challenges we face. 

Ethical investing: How can I make my money matter, fight climate change and generate a return?
Ethex and Energise Africa

Are you looking at ways you can help tackle the biggest challenges facing society today?
Are you thinking about saving and investing to protect people and the planet?
Are you struggling to know where to start and how to get involved?Does the financial jargon and legalese really put you off?
The event will provide an overview of the different types of ethical opportunities that exist, provide recommendations on some great resources to improve your understanding and demonstrate how small money can make a big impact.


Saturday 5 October, 13.30-14.45

Remain Reform Revolt: what next for UK and the EU?
Another Europe is Possible

Brexit is melting our politics and poisoning our society. An unelected Prime Minister has shut down parliament because it disagrees with him, and unless something changes, we will crash out without a deal in a few weeks' time. But there is plenty of hope. 
Greens have supported the UK's membership to the EU for decades, and since the referendum have been key players in the fight against Brexit. What is our role now? How can we link up with the wider progressive left? What message will we take onto the doorstep? Join Another Europe is Possible for a discussion featuring prominent speakers from inside and outside the party.


Saturday 5 October, 15.00-16.15

Toxic testing – why fundamental reforms are needed now 
National Education Union

From next year, primary school pupils will face baseline assessment in reception and high stakes standardised tests in years 1, 2, 4 and 6. The National Education Union is campaigning to end toxic testing in England’s schools. We think that the assessment system is broken and it’s time to say enough is enough. Join us at our fringe meeting where we will debate whether there is too much testing in our schools and what an alternative education system would look like. 


Plant proteins: crops and trees - how British Farming could play a vital part in tackling the Climate Emergency - The Vegan Society and Greens for Animal Protection 

The Green Party has committed to actively promote an immediate transition from diets dominated by meat and other animal products to increasingly plant-based diets, and accepts that we need reformed approaches to farming. This fringe will consider how repurposing land can help to solve the climate emergency and enhance biodiversity; the opportunities and challenges that farmers will face in undertaking this transition; and what policies can support a transformation of our food and farming system.  Chair: Karen Varga, Greens for Animal Protection
Speakers: Louise Davies, The Vegan Society; Oliver Dowding, Green Party; Dr Helen Harwatt, Harvard University; Molly Scott Cato MEP; Nick Saltmarsh, Hodmedod Ltd.; John Davis, Greens for Animal Protection

Internal fringe programme 

Friday 18.00-19.15

Leading Locally: Making a Green New Deal happen where we are
The Green New Deal is an exciting plan designed to meet the linked challenges of the climate and ecological crises, driven by an economic system that is driving inequality, and a finance system that serves only an elite few. It will transform the way that we produce and consume energy, travel, the way we produce the food we eat, manage the land and the way we work. It needs huge changes to the way we manage the economy, but it doesn’t need to start there. In the US, New York has brought forward its own Green New Deal and in the UK communities and local authorities have been leading the way with practical plans for the transformation of energy, transport and the economy. This session will explore what we can learn from innovative local initiatives and community groups, what we can do to catalyse Green New Deals around the country and how it might transform the conversation on the doorstep at the next election.
Chair: Caroline Lucas MP, Member of the Green New Deal Group
Speakers: Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales; Frances Jones, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), Fernanda Balata, New Economics Foundation (NEF)

Saturday 5 October, 13.30-14.45

Supporting the West Papuan Independence Movement
International Committee
The fringe will explore how ideas of grassroots democracy as understood by the green movement can support community activists in West Papua in their struggle for independence and freedom of speech. It will feature Benny Wenda, the chairperson of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and Alice Hubbard, the Green Party International Coordinator, as well as secretary of the Global Young Greens.

Saturday 5 October, 15.00-16.15

Talking about an economic revolution: GDP growth and the climate emergency
The pursuit of infinite economic growth is driving the climate and environmental crises and worsening inequality. Greens back a radically different economy and measures of progress, but discussion of alternatives can be turgid and technocratic. Come along to explore with experts how to communicate our post-growth vision in a practical, inspiring and doorstep-friendly way. What would abandoning GDP growth mean for local jobs or for the global south? Can the Green New Deal take us to an economy beyond GDP growth? Chair: Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth. Speakers: Dorothy Guerrero, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Global Justice Now; Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Associate Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research

Sunday 6 October, 09.00-10.15

A Green Party vision for basic income: going public at the next general election
Basic income is a longstanding Green Party policy that would increase our equality, dignity and security, and facilitate the shift to a low-carbon society. Now we are going public with it: at the next general election we will, for the first time, include basic income in our costed manifesto. Come to hear why Greens need basic income, how we'll pay for it, and what it will mean for people like you.
Chair: Caroline Lucas, Speakers: Guy Standing, accompanied by Sarath Davala by video link from India;
Laura Bannister; Anthony Painter; Aima Ahmed; Natalie Bennett

Climate Crisis Has No Borders - Should We?
This session aims to make the connection between climate justice and migrants’ rights, particularly as the Green New Deal picks up speed. It will also open up a discussion about the inclusivity of both the climate movement and the Green Party (as both an organisation and a membership body). We will have speakers from migrants' rights organisations, Greens of Colour, people of colour led climate justice organisations i.e. War on Want/Wretched of the Earth, and a representative from GND group.

Sunday 6 October, 13.30-14.45

Using your Local Plan to create a carbon neutral future
Daniel Stone from the Centre for Sustainable Energy, and Hugh Ellis from the Town and Country Planning Association will give an overview of policy and legislation which can be used to address climate change at a local level, overcoming the barriers faced by many local authorities in England. This session will be of particular use to elected councillors, whether at Principal Authority or Town/Parish level but other members who wish to respond to the review of their Local Plan will also be welcome.