New Green Europe: the GEF Summer School in Belfast

3 July 2014.  No fewer than three Green Party NI figures gave talks at the Green European Foundation’s conference, or ‘Summer School’, in Belfast this June. John Barry, freshly elected to North Down Borough Council, was one of the key organisers of the event, and brought his expertise as Professor of Green Political Economy to bear on issues of sustainability and conflict resolution.  Party Leader Steven Agnew spoke of the rightward shift in political rhetoric in Europe since the crash, and countered it with a call for solidarity.  And another newly elected Green Party councillor, Ross Brown, took on the issue of fracking, drawing on a growing body of evidence to show that not only the ecological effects, but also the economics of shale gas are ‘horrid’. A range of other speakers from Ireland, the UK and other parts of Europe addressed many other key issues, including the legacy of the First World War in Europe, the resurgence of narrow nationalism, and the potential effects of the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum on the rest of the UK and its relations within Europe. For more from the Summer School, you can listen to a podcast overview of the conference (below) or read the thoughts of one of the participants from the Netherlands here. We will be posting links to more recordings from the conference in the coming weeks – keep an eye on this website, and on our Facebook page!

GFI Summer School 2014 Overview

 

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