Coronavirus 2020 has undoubtedly been a threat to many, particularly the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society. And the need to create a society in which Black Lives Matter is paramount.
Over the hour, four speakers will speak about the foundations of Build Back Better: social, economic and environmental, with the emphasis of looking forward and how our society can be structured in a better way.
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- Liz Nyholm will talk about health and what needs to be done better in the future
- Mags O’Reilly will address social and poverty challenges and how things could be structured in the future
- John Grayson will discuss the economic changes that need to take place for an economy which respects people and the environment and
- Catherine Budgett-Meakin will speak about the approaching climate emergency and the need for urgency to act – as a nation and as individuals.
Last year’s Festival hosted a rich set of discussions about ways to make Highgate an Eco village. Although the world has changed dramatically since then, the output and suggestions from 2019 form a good basis for moving to strong actions in 2020. Read the 2019 Highgate Festival Eco Action Plan Items.
This year’s Festival seeks to build on this and inspire Highgate people to bring their talents to bear in with the many organisations we have across many different fields.
Many prominent thinkers today are now suggesting that prosperity can mean more than just economic growth. We would all agree that health, self-fulfilment, friendship are all important to people in Highgate. There is also a growing understanding of the importance of a fair society and of measures we can take to avert climate breakdown and protect our life support systems.
Highgate has a vibrant set of community groups – all looking for new members, new volunteers and many looking for new leadership.
The elements of a better life can be broken down into the strands below, whilst many Highgate groups cover several. So if you have time and skills to offer and are ready to work with like-minded people check out the Highgate Groups for the elements that you are drawn towards, and step forward!
- Environmental Health
- Society and Equity
- Nature and Food
- Health and Wellbeing
- Homes and Neighbourhoods
- Education and Self fulfilment
- Arts and Creativity
- Friendship, Community and sense of belonging
Joining one of these groups can benefit individuals in terms of ‘doing their bit’, comradeship and even strengthening CVs. The Highgate Neighbourhood Forum is preparing a scheme to match volunteers with opportunities around Highgate.
- Switch to a zero carbon electricity (and gas) supplier
- Efficient use of electricity – LEDS use 10% of electricity
- Insulate your home – build this into every improvement
- Install solar PV (electricity) or thermal (hot water) if practical
- Avoid petrol and diesel journeys – walk, cycle, public transport, ebike or electric vehicle
- Charge electric vehicles/scooters/motor bikes etc from zero carbon electricity at plentiful times and sell back to the grid at high demand times
- Cut down on meat
- Buy local food
- Reduce flying to once a year or never
- Join National campaigning groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matter
- Write to your MP with your views