PACKED MEETING AT LAUNCH OF GREENS’ EURO ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Up to 200 people attended a meeting on Thursday night in central Cambridge, with two of the country’s best known green campaigners, who helped to launch the Green Party’s Eastern Region Euro Election campaign.
Sir Jonathan Porritt, Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission and Tony Juniper (1), recent Executive Director of Friends of the Earth were speaking in Cambridge and joined Lead Eastern Region candidate Dr. Rupert Read and local members and supporters for the launch (attached images - please use with copyright credited to Ronald Eva).
Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper talked about the need to change the whole way we operate and look at the world. Both backed Rupert Read for the European elections on June 4th and encouraged people to get actively involved with Green politics whatever their background.
Tony Juniper stressed the need for those who are involved with NGO's or communities groups to take the batton to the polling stations and VOTE GREEN. Juniper stressed that social justice was a key part of the policy towards a Greener economy. He gave the example of the the Green breakthrough in Cambridge in 2008 in Abbey ward, when Margaret Wright was elected and where voters turned to the Greens for change and improvement, both social and environmental.
Jonathon Porritt described his view that western society was trapped in an unending cycle of work and consummerism. He went on to comment on the Budget, doubting the economy would grow again in 2010. He urged voters to break this trap, and said that by Voting Green people could vote for a happier and cleaner world.
Nominations for the European elections open on 28th April. The Green Party will be fielding a full slate of seven candidates. Full details can be found at www.eastern.greenparty.org.uk