PB Partners are delivering a series of free events across the UK in response to the Climate Change emergency.
Participatory Budgeting is an effective way for local authorities, and other statutory bodies to respond to this existential threat, and mobilise and enable communities take action themselves.
Therefore they are running 4 events over June and July to raise awareness and consider how to realise the potential of ‘Our Money, Our Planet’.
Book Places for:
- Edinburgh: 19th June 2019
- Brighton: 25th June 2019
- Bristol: 11th July 2019
- Manchester: 16th July 2019
Find out more about why PB Partners are running these events
Participatory Budgeting (PB) – where people vote directly on spending priorities in their local areas, has, over several decades, demonstrated its success at mobilising and enthusing communities around issues that matter to them. Most recently in the UK, Scotland has been taking the lead in Participatory Budgeting, with all 32 Local Authority areas engaged in some form of PB, and an aspiration to allocate 1% of all Local Authority budgets through PB (equating to over £100m) by 2021.
Meanwhile, in the UK, at least 59 Local Authorities have declared a climate emergency. The stance taken by Greta Thunberg over school strikes and the recent Extinction Rebellion protests have helped push the climate emergency toward the top of the political agenda. The recent ‘Green New Deal’ proposal announced in the USA by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez provides a potential focal point for ‘how to do green PB’.
This work links directly to a recent blog by Alan Budge: Participatory Budgeting and the New Green Deal
These free workshops will provide an opportunity to develop ideas around how PB can best help tackle our impending climate crisis, both at local and strategic levels.
After all, it is our money, and it is our only planet.
PB Partners been developing its expertise in PB, where people vote directly on spending money in their communities, for over fifteen years, and during that time have also, in common with millions of others, become progressively more alarmed about the state of the planet.
- Read more about the Our Money Our Planet initiative on the Shared Future website