Activism & Leadership

Molly Scott Cato Green MEP: “Is Ecology Relevant?”

Video with Molly Scott Cato on Friday 20th October 2017

Talk given at the Advaya event Is Ecology Relevant? A panel discussion and Q&A with Satish Kumar, Editor of Resurgence Magazine, Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth & Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP on 20 October 2017.

About the Speaker:
Molly is an economist and writer who has campaigned for green politics all her adult life. She grew up in Bath and has spent most of her adult life in the West Country, also living in Blagdon near Bristol. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth.

Aside from her work as an economist Molly’s areas of special interest include land ownership and food production; renewable energy, especially when it is owned by local communities; co-operatives and self-managed firms; and issues concerned with peace and opposing nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

Before being elected to the European Parliament, Molly led the Green Group on Stroud District Council and was Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee. She worked as Professor of Economics at Roehampton University in London.

Molly joined the Green Party in 1988 and has worked for the party at all levels, including a year spent as job-share campaigns director on the party’s national executive and several years spent as co-chair of its regional council. For the past 15 years Molly has spoken for the Green Party on economics and finance.

Molly has three grown-up children and lives in Bristol. To relax she enjoys spending time in the woods making chairs without the use of power tools, as well as singing and listening to music.


Event Description:
With reality seemingly under attack – from the despicable corruption that led to the Grenfell fire to ‘President’ Trump’s farcical tweets –, Craig Bennett (Friends of the Earth), Satish Kumar (Resurgence) and Molly Scott Cato (The Green Party) will explore the place and relevance of ecology within policy-making, arguing that now, more than ever, we need to turn towards ecological thought to deal with these systemic failures.

Rather than side-lining the environment because of immediate political crises, an ecological approach seeks out the root causes of these issues, instead of their ever-multiplying offshoots. Most of us see the environment as a pressing issue – but how can we push this commitment into our daily lives?

Molly Scott Cato #

Molly is an economist and writer who has campaigned for green politics all her adult life. She grew up in Bath and has spent most of her adult life in the West Country, also living in Blagdon near Bristol. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth.

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