AGC Conference & AGM 2019
This year's annual conference took place in the beautiful Stroud Valleys, hosted by Stroud District Green Party.
Ideas for action were gained from an inspiring talk by Cllr Simon Pickering on how Stroud District Council is planning to achieve a carbon neutral District by 2030; how to get your council to disinvest from fossil fuels and reinvest in sustainability; and how to challenge secretetive council commissioning.
There was also useful information from guest speakers from Action on Empty Homes and Debt Resistance UK packed with information delegates can use to take action in their own councils.
Councillors shared practical tools and tips on how they manage their enormous case work workload, how to use social media affectively as a councillor and councillors who are now porfolio holders, cabinet members or leaders shared their experiences of the realities, opportunities and challenges of being in power.
Many of the delegates were from parish and town councils who shared what they're doing in their communities to tackle climate change.
Delegates also had an opportunity to input, from a councillor's perspective, into GPEW policy working groups - drugs and climate change - and to share their persepctive on the wider changes and challenges going on in the GPEW as a whole. There was a strong message that we are a political party whose aim is to get members elected, so our elected members need to be at the heart of all strategy, policy and organisational decisions to ensure that we retain and increase the number of councillors elected.
But it wasn't all serious hard work. The hardy amongst us enjoyed a wonder wet walk along the canal to visit the Stroud Brewery, one of the Greenest businesses in the area (and very find beer too!); and there was loads of great networking time with vast amounts of yummy food and drink all from local suppliers,and music from local Party members.
Thanks to all who contributed and helped to organise the event. If your local Party would like to host our next Conference in late June 2020, please get in touch.