Thursday 11th July 7pm / Pay What You Feel

Pioneer of The Green New Deal, Colin Hines joins activists from Youth Strike 4 Climate, Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Environment, Streetscene and Climate Change, and Tim Allen from Extinction Rebellion Sheffield to discuss what The Green New Deal means for our long term environmental and economic prosperity, and what we can do for the future of Sheffield and beyond. Chaired by theatre-maker, activist and writer Lucy Neal, co-founder of ‘Culture Declares’ a climate emergency.

About the Speakers

Colin Hines is the convener of the Green New Deal group, Co-Director of Finance for the Future and an advisor to Green Party, MP Caroline Lucas. He worked at Greenpeace International for ten years, where he was Co-ordinator of its Economics Unit. He is an Associate of the International Forum on Globalisation, a San Francisco based alliance of activists, academics and economists committed to challenging the adverse effects of globalisation and free trade. Colin helped to form the grassroots NGO, Localise West Midlands, and is author of Localisation: A global manifesto (2000).

Lucy Neal is a theatre maker, writer and educator interested in celebratory events as a catalyst for change.  Co-founder Director of the influential London International Festival of Theatre (1981-2005), she has been an activist in the grassroots Transition movement since 2008. Her handbook Playing for Time - Making Art As If the World Mattered, (Oberon Books 2015) maps collaborative arts practices emerging in response to planetary challenges. She is also the author of The Great Imagining - how the arts spark cultural change in Zero Carbon Britain’s 2017 Making It Happen.

Lewis Dagnall is a Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Gleadless Valley and the Cabinet Member for Environment, Streetscene and Climate Change.

The Youth Strike 4 Climate (also known as Fridays for Future) is an international movement of school students who are striking and holding mass demonstrations to demand action to prevent climate catastrophe. Publicity and widespread organising began when the climate activist Greta Thunberg staged an action in August 2018 outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" ("School strike for the climate"). We will be joined by Sheffield student activists, Patrick Wakefield and Edie Elliott.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. They made headlines this April by organising an international rebellion which saw creative civil disobedience across the globe. In London they peacefully took over Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, Oxford Street and Marble Arch, stopping traffic and creating spaces for performance, conversation and protest for 10 days.

Tim Allen has been working in sustainability in the HE sector for the last 9 years. In his free time he is involved in environmental activism including Extinction Rebellion, Sheffield Climate Alliance & Climate Communications Hub, and with colleagues is now in the early stages of taking a Green New Deal motion through the ranks of Unite the Union.