Our scheduled speaker, Sian Berry, is an elected politician, and we have agreed with her that, owing to the imminent General Election, her talk should be deferred until later in the year.
Siân believes it is up to us, and us alone, to look after our wonderful planet and all its people.
She is a green campaigner, politician and author, and a Patron of the British Humanist Association. Since joining the Green Party in 2001 she has been a candidate in numerous council and parliamentary elections, and was the Green candidate for London Mayor in 2008 and 2016. In 2016 she was elected as a member of the London Assembly: website.
As a campaigner, Siân has worked on a range of green and social issues, setting up the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s in 2004 and Reheat Britain, which successfully brought in a boiler scrappage scheme. A supporter of the Atheist Bus Campaign, she also focuses on social justice issues, and is a patron of the Fair Pay Network.
Siân has written a number of illustrated books on green issues and home improvement, including 50 ways to make your house and garden greener and Mend it!. Her next book will show how to make attractive household items from random articles of junk. She also contributed a chapter on having a greener festive season to The Atheist's Guide to Christmas.
It will be interesting to learn how far Siân's Humanist outlook has inspired her political activity, or vice versa.
Interview: Greening the City