Green Party to talk Brexit, refugees and building bridges at Ecotricity event

Britain’s greenest energy company, Ecotricity, will host a Q&A on Brexit and refugees with senior members of the Green Party at WOMAD Festival this summer.

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley and MEP Molly Scott-Cato will both take part in the hour long Q&A at the Ecotricity Arboretum Stage on Saturday 28th July to talk about how political action can build bridges across the globe.

Ecotricity is sponsoring the festival for the sixth year and has just launched its ever-popular WOMAD ticket offer – which means that anyone who switches their energy supply to Ecotricity will receive a free WOMAD festival weekend ticket worth £225.

The Greens have a long-standing partnership with Ecotricity and fought the 2017 General Election on a pro freedom-of-movement, pro refugee, anti-Brexit platform.

Jonathan Bartley said: ‘‘As Greens, we’re proud to take a stand against xenophobia. Politics, especially over recent years, can very dispiriting – but it holds the key to stopping the rise of nationalism, and building a tolerant, open-armed society that relishes in the diversity of our wonderful world.’’

Molly Scott-Cato added: ‘‘We are excited to be joining Ecotricty at Womad this year, and to be speaking and taking questions on the role political action is playing in turning the tide – and building a better future for all.’’

Jonathan and Molly are the forefront of the fight for compassionate, internationalist politics. Jonathan, co-leader of the Green Party since 2016, has campaigned to force the Government to provide English lessons to refugees, and has recently completed the £5 challenge to highlight how little asylum seekers are given to live on.

Molly – as Green Member of the European Parliament for South West England since 2014 – has been a fierce opponent of Brexit and recently published the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ dossier, highlighting how a small number of individuals use money and dirty tricks to subvert democracy and the rule of law to push through Brexit.

Ecotricity will also host a children’s cookery workshop at Taste the World in the Arboretum on Friday 27th July, to showcase how the food served at the world’s only vegan football club, Forest Green Rovers, is made. The workshop will replicate the club’s ‘making matchday food’ sessions where school groups learn about food provenance and the health and environmental benefits of a vegan lifestyle.