Places to be: green spaces for active citizenship

Event starts:

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 9.30-11am | The Attic, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

This event will launch a new Fabian Society report, Places to be.

Keynote speaker: Maria Eagle, shadow secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs.

Panel: Ruth Davis, political director, Greenpeace; Andrew Harrop, general secretary, Fabian Society

The event will be introduced by Andy Slaughter.

Our green spaces more than ever provide a crucial community ballast, where we can come together, build relationships and reverse society’s long-term journey towards individualism and isolation. However, local authority spending cuts have left them under threat. The next government is going to have to find ways of keeping our green, outdoor spaces open to all during an extended period of austerity and make them accessible arenas for active citizenship. In ‘Places to be‘, Ed Wallis argues that there is an opportunity to manage our green space in such way that empowers citizens, bolsters people’s sense of place and encourages democratic engagement.

At this launch event, Maria Eagle will give a keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion.