Green Party leader and MEP to speak at Forest Row community energy meeting

Green Party leader and MEP to speak at Forest Row community energy meeting


Two Green Party politicians will visit East Sussex on Saturday (13 February) where they’ll tell an audience at the Forest Row Village Hall about the benefits of community-owned energy.


The meeting will hear from the party’s leader Natalie Bennett and Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for the South East, who recently published a report showcasing the work of community owned renewables across the region. [1]


Natalie Bennett said:


“The actions needed to prevent and deal with climate change and provide reliable sources of clean energy rely on communities around the country, as well as government action. Community-owned wind and solar are vital for that, but it’s also an economic opportunity to allow investment in and returns to local communities, a foundation of local economic prosperity.


“I’m really looking forward to visiting Forest Row to hear about the experiences of people in East Sussex and to put forward the Green Party’s vision for taking on the challenges of living in a climate-changed world.”


Keith Taylor MEP said:


"In Sussex and across the South East, people are demonstrating that they have the passion, willingness and know-how to achieve amazing things by taking power into their own hands and creating community-owned, clean energy.


“The government’s relentless attack on renewables not only threatens the UK’s chances of meeting our EU renewables targets, it undermines Cameron’s recent commitments at the climate talks in Paris. The government has a responsibility to harness, not hinder, clean energy.”






[1] Keith Taylor MEP’s report - ‘Taking back the power: Community energy in the South East’:


Details for Natalie and Keith’s visit on Saturday


Forest Row Village Hall, Lewes Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5ES


1.30pm    Welcome, Introductions and Keynote talk from Jonathan Shopley of Forest Row Energy Co-op, Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party, and Keith Taylor MEP for South East England.


2.15pm   “World Café” style conference with table groups lead by local organizations.


3.30 pm.    Summary and Feedback from each table group. With a response from Natalie Bennett.


4.30 pm. Finish.


Local Green Party contact on the day:

Keith Obbard

Wealden Green Party

07941 578427

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