On Thursday 22nd April at 7.30pm there will be a Climate Emergency Hustings held online via Zoom Webinar, hosted by Eastbourne Friends of the Earth and chaired by Oliver Sterno, founder of Plastic Free Eastbourne.

This hustings will be a unique opportunity for Eastbourne voters to hear at first hand what the local political parties have to say about the Climate Emergency and how to deal with its challenges effectively, especially here in Eastbourne.

Registration for the hustings webinar is now live.

Full details of how to register are on Eastbourne and District Friends of the Earth’s Facebook event page or can be obtained by emailing: info.eastbournefoe@gmail.com.

The hustings will also be livestreamed to Eastbourne Friends of the Earth’s YouTube channel. 

As a largely low-lying coastal community, Eastbourne is in the front line of climate change as it confronts the rising seas and stronger storms of a rapidly warming world.

In July 2019 Eastbourne Borough councillors unanimously passed a Climate Emergency motion that committed the council to deliver a carbon neutral Eastbourne by 2030. In October 2019, East Sussex County Council also passed a Climate Emergency motion, committing the county council to become carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. 

Each of the four main political parties contesting the election have accepted the invitation to send a representative to this hustings: Liberal Democrats, Conservatives, Labour and the Green Party. 

These representatives will form a panel that faces questions submitted to them by the Chair of the Hustings. These questions will be distilled from ones submitted to the hustings organisers from Eastbourne residents and groups before and during the webinar.

Each party representative will have a short and equal amount of time to make an opening statement about the Climate Emergency at the start of the hustings and then have an equal but limited amount of time to answer each question put to them.  

The representatives named so far are: Councillor David Tutt (Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council), Councillor Nick Bennett (Depty Leader of East Sussex County Council), and Alex Hough (Green Party). 

Eastbourne Friends of the Earth is an official local group affiliated with the national Friends of the Earth charity and is strictly apolitical. It is hosting the hustings as a public service which helps the Eastbourne electorate to be as fully informed as possible about what local county council candidates propose could, or should, be done about the Climate Emergency if they are elected to East Sussex County Council. 

Eastbourne Friends of the Earth’s social media channels are:Website: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/groups/eastbourneTwitter: https://twitter.com/eastbournefoeFacebookBlog: https://eastbournefriendsoftheearth.wordpress.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEgK2MEU1Xo0fO8gYdTfAQ2.

The Zoom link for registering for the webinar is: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mk2k-HR_Qv2Oln8QWWA1vQ3. 

The Facebook event page for the hustings is: https://www.facebook.com/events/191358522543480/