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West Norfolk green groups to host online 'climate hustings' for elections

Candidates in West Norfolk are being invited to set out their environmental case to voters ahead of May's local elections.

Two campaign groups are teaming up to host an online hustings event dedicated to the climate crisis next week.

And organisers say they want to hear how those seeking our votes in the county council polls on May 6 will work for a "green and fair recovery" from the coronavirus crisis.

Environmental campaigners say scenes like this in Burnham Market prove the climate crisis is getting worse.
Environmental campaigners say scenes like this in Burnham Market prove the climate crisis is getting worse.

The event, which takes place next Thursday, April 15, from 7pm, is being organised by the Fenland and West Norfolk Friends of the Earth and King's Lynn Klimate Concern.

They argue that flooding problems which have hit communities around West Norfolk show the problem has worsened even further during the pandemic.

Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Brenda Kent said: "This is a chance for voters to ask the candidates how they would use their powers to cut carbon emissions in Norfolk.

Ballot box (45639716)
Ballot box (45639716)

"They might also want to ask about natural solutions such as rewilding and protecting or regenerating peatlands."

Lee Stevens, of Klimate Concern, added: "We are currently using about 50 per cent more of the world’s resources than the planet can sustain.

"The future for our children and grandchildren depends upon the decisions that we take now, decisions that mean we all have a part to play.”

All the main political parties, as well as the Independent group of borough councillors, have been invited to put forward representatives to take part.

The groups say that, so far, Liberal Democrat Josie Ratcliffe, the Green Party's Michael de Whalley, and Independent Sandra Squire have confirmed they will be on the panel.

Places at the event can be booked by visiting https://actionnetwork.org/events/meet-west-norfolk-election-candidates.

For more information, email fenlandwestnorfolkfoe@gmail.com or klimateconcern2@gmail.com.

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