Hustings for your Future!

An environment-focused hustings is taking place in our constituency of Godalming & Ash and children from eco-councils aged 10-17 will ask the questions. Children from six local schools’ eco-councils get the chance to question Godalming & Ash candidates!

On Monday 1st July at 5pm at Broadwater school, Roots for the Future  is hosting a climate-focused hustings, giving children between the ages of 10 and 17 the chance to ask the election candidates about their plans to halt catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss.

Roots for the Future focuses on engaging children and young people, so this election we want to help give a voice to the voiceless generation. Young people will have to live with the consequences of elected officials’ inaction on the climate, yet they can’t have a say in the election.

The effects of the climate emergency are felt disproportionally by the poorest and most vulnerable, and threatens the lives of our young and future generations. The people we elect must not only represent those who can vote, but must also consider future generations, the people who currently can’t vote.

Candidates confirmed
Liberal Democrat – Paul Follows – confirmed
Conservative – Jeremy Hunt – sends apologies
Green – Cllr Steve Williams – for Ruby Tucker
Labour – James Walsh – sends apologies
Women’s Equality Party – Harriet Williams – confirmed
Reform – Graham Drage – sends apologies

Schools with eco-councils signed up:
Loseley Fields
Godalming Juniors
Godalming College

Children will be asking the questions and if needs be, the adult they come with will have permission to ask a follow up question to ensure the question is answered satisfactorily.

We believe that the election issue that children and young people are most aware of and concerned by is the climate. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health published a report in 2023 revealing a staggering rise in eco-anxiety among younger generations. 75% of children and young people want stronger government action on climate change, 64% of young people believe their government is not doing enough to prevent a climate catastrophe, and 64% of children and young people believe their government did not take their concerns seriously.

The event is ticketed, with limited availability. Roots for the Future hopes to live-link the event.