Eco-de­bate looks to fu­ture

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

PEO­PLE across Peter­bor­ough are be­ing in­vited to take part in an eco-de­bate to de­cide if go­ing green is more im­por­tant for the UK than a healthy econ­omy.

The dis­cus­sion has been or­gan­ised as part of the Peter­bor­ough‘s Green Fes­ti­val events tak­ing place next month.

Staff at Athene Com­mu­ni­ca­tions are or­gan­is­ing the de­bate at the Key Theatre, in Em­bank­ment Road, Peter­bor­ough, from 5pm to 6.30pm on June 6.

The de­bate, which is free to at­tend, aims to set­tle the ques­tion about whether long-term en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions should al­ways be the pri­or­ity or whether the econ­omy has to be in good shape be­fore there is a push for sus­tain­abil­ity.

Speak­ers will in­clude Peter­bor­ough Re­new­able En­ergy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Wil­liams; Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce vice chair­man Richard Olsen; Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT) chief ex­ec­u­tive Rachel Hux­ley and IKEA sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager Rob Buck.

Each speaker will be given five min­utes to put for­ward their case, be­fore it is opened up to the au­di­ence.

Ms Hux­ley said: “This de­bate has been or­gan­ised as it fo­cuses on a key is­sue sur­round­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, high­light­ing a sig­nif­i­cant and timely con­cern with the cur­rent state of the econ­omy.

“We hope to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble at the de­bate.”

The fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT) and runs from June 2 to June 10.

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