UWE professor chairs Bristol Mayorial candidates' debate on green issues

Issue date: 18 October 2012

Professor Martin Bigg

Professor Martin Bigg from UWE Bristol will be in the chair during a free Q&A session to find out candidates' views on sustainability ahead of the Bristol Mayorial Elections. The debate will take place at 7.30pm on 24 October at the Watershed and will be streamed live on the internet.

Questions and comments can be submitted by email on brisfoe_mayor_hustings@googlegroups.com or on twitter #greenmayor in advance or on the night. The last question will be a surprise question selected from those submitted by the audience.

Professor Bigg is Professor of Environmental Innovation Technology at UWE and chairs the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, an umbrella organisation bringing together community groups, businesses and others whose aim is to make Bristol a low-carbon city with a high quality of life for all.

He says, “The event at the Watershed gives the people of Bristol the opportunity to challenge candidates on their position on green and sustainability issues. It gives candidates the opportunity to explain their plans for achieving a fair and sustainable future for Bristol in areas such as the green economy, energy, planning and healthy sustainable food.

“When citizens cast their votes on 15 November, Bristol will become one of the first cities in the UK with a Directly Elected Mayor (DEM). This debate is an excellent opportunity for UWE to demonstrate its commitment to Bristol and to support the democratic process.”

The participants in the debate will be:

Geoff Gollop, Conservative

Jon Rogers, Liberal Democrat

Marvin Rees, Labour

Daniellal Radice, Green

George Ferguson, Independent

Julian Jones of Bristol Friends of the Earth said, "Although a lot of people did not want a mayor, now we are going to have one it is really important that people consider the key issues when casting their vote. As everyone has two votes in this election, you can cast a first preference vote with your conscience and let the second one be your tactical vote. This question time should be a big help to identify the best candidates."

Advance tickets have all been booked but more will be available shortly before the event. Tickets not claimed 20 minutes before the start may be reallocated so please arrive early. Those unable to attend will be able to watch a live stream of the debate on the day.

Professor Bigg is Director of the Environmental Technologies iNet programme in the South West, led by UWE. The programme supports small businesses develop environmental innovations and services. He was previously the Head of Industry and Waste Regulation at the Environment Agency, leading regulation and securing real environmental improvements for the manufacturing, energy and waste industries in England and Wales.

The event is organised by Bristol Friends of the Earth and Equality Bristol, with contributions from Bristol Green Capital members, Bristol Energy Network, Bristol Food Network, Neighbourhood Planning Network and other groups involved in equality and sustainability.


Editor's notes

To join the waiting list for tickets contact the Watershed box office on 0117 927 5100 or email brisfoe_mayor_hustings@googlegroups.com

Press are welcome to attend, no tickets needed but email appreciated. Interviews will be available with candidates and organisers subject to time constraints. Contact Julian Jones on 07809 122474.

For more information on the event see bristolfoe.org.uk/mayor and http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/3836/bristol-fair-sustainable-future-ask-your-mayoral-candidates/

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