29 September 2017
North Devon Green Party are delighted to announce a series of three lectures, on 11th, 19th and 25th October 2017, at Castle Centre, 25 Castle St, Barnstaple EX31 1DR.
Admission and refreshments are free, there will be a retiring collection.
All talks start at 7pm, doors open 6.30 pm.
7pm Wednesday 11th October
Dr Ben Wheeler
Chair: Dr Mark Haworth-Booth , writer and environmental campaigner
Ben is a Senior Research Fellow at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, at the University of Exeter Medical School in Truro. Current projects include investigations of the benefits of natural environments (especially urban greenspace and coastal environments) for health and wellbeing. They also include studies of the impacts of pollen on asthma and allergies, and modelling the future weather-related impacts of climate change on mental health.
With colleagues at Exeter and elsewhere he has been collaborating with partners to use the evidence to inform health and environmental policy at various scales, from local authorities, to Defra/Natural England, to the World Health Organisation.
7pm Thursday 19th October
Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy Leader
Chair: Amy Sherwin, local artist; formerly Climate Change adviser to the Environment Agency
Amelia’s three years as Green Party deputy leader have seen her work across the country, visiting hundreds of local campaigns, events and organisations. She works to raise awareness of local issues while campaigning for change on a national level. She was elected in 2014 at the age of 29 while still a member of the Young Greens,
and has used this platform to highlight problems affecting young people, from tuition fees to zero hour contracts.
She holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and MSc in Environmental Technology. She works across a wide range of social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on women’s rights, flooding, climate change and community resilience.
7pm Wednesday 25th October
Myc Riggulsford MCloJ
Chair: Dave Clinch, indefatigable local campaigner, teacher, musician
Turning your pigs out into the local woods to feed on acorns, nuts and beech mast may seem like an archaic privilege that only a self-sufficiency fan would insist on today – but the rights to do so may belong to all of us, and may even make your electricity bill illegal.
Myc is a science and environment journalist, broadcast ‘A Question for Science’ for 3 years on BBC local radio, and for over 15 years was a visiting lecturer to PhD students at Manchester, Sheffield and St Andrews Universities. He hosted Europe’s largest science teaching festival, Science on Stage, and has lectured
extensively in former Eastern Bloc countries.