As we wish one another a healthy, hopeful 2013 we can feel happy that the East Midlands is playing host to The Green Party Spring Conference in February. Our party has evolved over 40 years; one generation, through many changes locally, globally, regionally. Those of us here now form the torch-bearers of the next generation.
From the 22nd to 25th February 2013 East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham becomes the hub of The Green Party of England and Wales. This gives local party members an opportunity to be at the very heart of the next stages of flourishing and sustaining. Attendees will collectively be involved in the progression of policies within the party. There will also be fringe and training sessions, special panels and birthday celebrations.
Our neighbours in the West Midlands saw the seed of the Green Party planted in Coventry by Tony and Lesley Whittaker, Michael Benfield and Freda Sanders. Then called the ‘PEOPLE’ party it grew into The Ecology Party and ultimately The Green Party. During this time it has weathered many storms and influenced change. It has stayed true to core values. I extend an invitation to you to tell some of the stories of our last four decades, how lives and futures have been shaped, what we have faced and are facing. What are the greatest challenges ahead? What inspires you? What have you been part of? Is it the party’s stance on creation of green jobs and a living wage or their questioning of unjust wars? Is it continued work in building sustainable energy supplies and sharing economies or the contribution to animal rights that fire your loyalties? Has it been our call for better insulation in homes or empowering local producers? Is it the greater gender equality within the party that excites you or their stance against injustice in the present tax and banking systems? We have come far and have far to go!
So, as we toast in 2013, we may remember to say ‘happy birthday Green Party, many happy returns!’ For more information on the conference and to book please follow this link: http://greenparty.org.uk/conference.html.
written by Antonia Sara Zenkevitch for East Midland’s Green Party