Our directory of things of interest

University Directory

[VIDEO] People, politics and the planet: any questions? Britain in a changing Europe

[VIDEO] People, politics and the planet: any questions? Britain in a changing Europe Scott Edwards/RGS-IBG
29 Jul
2016
Watch the RGS-IBG debate on what could happen to the environment in the wake of a UK exit from the European Union

On Thursday 21 July 2016, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the British Ecological Society (BES), and the Sibthorpe Trust, brought together a panel of politicians and experts, to debate the future of the natural environment in the wake of the UK’s narrow EU referendum result on 23 June.

Chaired by broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, the panel, consisting of Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour), Baroness Parminter (Liberal Democrats, Environment Spokesperson) Natalie Bennett (Green Party, Leader), George Eustice MP (Conservatives, Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment), Stuart Agnew MEP (UKIP, Agriculture Spokesperson), and Martin Nesbit (Senior Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy), debated issues such as domestic agricultural policy, animal welfare, and climate change.

Supported by the Society for the Environment and the Wellcome Trust, the event invited questions from the audience to challenge the panellists on how an EU exit could affect the environment, in the UK and beyond, generating debate online using #PPPAnyQs.

Jonathan Dimbleby opened the debate by saying, ‘I was reflecting before coming here that we’ve been through this Brexit campaign, which was, to put it mildly, bruising, sometimes brutal, in which distortions, half-truths, outright lies, combined to create a very uncomfortable context for such a major decision that was being made.

‘I was also thinking that not only was this the most seismic decision that this country has taken, essentially since the Second World War, but also how the long-term impact on the environment, on biodiversity, climate change, of the decisions that we do or don’t make in the short, medium and long-term, far transcend whether you believe there is merit or demerit in the Brexit decision itself.’

Related items

Geographical Week

Get the best of Geographical delivered straight to your inbox every Friday.

LATEST HEADLINES

Subscribe to Geographical!

University of Winchester

EDUCATION PARTNERS

Aberystwyth University University of Greenwich The University of Winchester

TRAVEL PARTNERS

Ponant

Silversea

Travel the Unknown

DOSSIERS

Like longer reads? Try our in-depth dossiers that provide a comprehensive view of each topic

  • The Human Game – Tackling football’s ‘slave trade’
    Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister...
    Essential oil?
    Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habita...
    National Clean Air Day
    For National Clean Air Day, Geographical brings together stories about air pollution and the kind of solutions needed to tackle it ...
    The Nuclear Power Struggle
    The UK appears to be embracing nuclear, a huge U-turn on government policy from just two years ago. Yet this seems to be going against the grain globa...
    Mexico City: boom town
    Twenty years ago, Mexico City was considered the ultimate urban disaster. But, recent political and economic reforms have transformed it into a hub of...

MORE DOSSIERS

NEVER MISS A STORY - Follow Geographical on Social

Want to stay up to date with breaking Geographical stories? Join the thousands following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and stay informed about the world.

More articles in UK...

UK

‘Iconic mammals of the hill’ see populations dwindling in the…

Discovering Britain

In this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits Winchester’s chalk…

UK

A new interest in Cornish mines has been sparked amid…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole checks out…

UK

An ambitious, long-term project is hoping to bring trees back…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole follows the…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits Hay-on-Wye,…

UK

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is likely to lead…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole walks up…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits the…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain Trail, Laura Cole visits Norwich,…

UK

With Blue Planet II’s recent rally cry for environmental protection…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits St…

UK

A community of 28 bottlenose dolphins has made the southwest…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole explores Pontypool…

UK

From casual forays beneath to leading scientific breakthroughs, UK’s caving…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole heads to…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole visits Croydon,…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits a viewpoint…

Discovering Britain

For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole travels to…