A Green's view of the world, based in Knaresborough, UK.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Greens of Europe: Paris Council meeting
A couple of shots of 'the candidate' as delegate at last Autumn's European Greens' Council meeting in Paris: a pre-meeting and voting. This meeting climaxed in the Paris Declaration. The GPEW stance is often greener than most of the other European green groups (e.g. we want far less European 'integration' than other groups).
GPEW gets more votes in this forum than many countries because of our relatively high vote in the European elections. A Green vote really does count in the Euros!
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.