Local people are invited to attend Green Festival debate

A controversial ‘green’ motion will be discussed at a debate organised for Peterborough‘s Green Festival next month.

Athene Communications has set up the event for Wednesday, June 6, at the Key Theatre, in Embankment Road, Peterborough, from 5pm to 6.30pm. The Festival is organised by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) and runs from Saturday, June 2, to Sunday, June 10.

The debate, which is free to attend, intends to answer a key question; should long-term environmental considerations always be the priority? Or, do you have to get the economy right before you have sustainability?

It follows the success of Athene’s first debate held at the end of last year, which discussed the fall out of the phone hacking scandal.

Speakers will include Chris Williams, Managing Director of Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited, Richard Olsen, Vice-Chair of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Huxley, Chief Executive of PECT, and Rob Buck, Sustainability Manager of IKEA.

Chairing the event is Stewart Francis, an award winning radio broadcaster and former Chairman of the Association of Independent Radio Companies.

Each speaker will be given five minutes to put forward their case, before the audience will have the opportunity to get involved.

Rachel Huxley, Chief Executive of PECT, said: “We are delighted that this debate has been organised by Athene Communications to run as part of the Green Festival.

“It focuses on a key issue surrounding the environment, highlighting a significant and timely concern with the current state of the economy. We hope to see as many people as possible at the debate, adding their thoughts to the discussion.”

Richard Astle, Managing Director of Athene Communications, said: “We’re a ‘green’ company as well as a growing company, and it’s a fine balancing act.

“We always strive to improve our own environmental credentials and have recently been honoured for our work, at the Peterborough Evening Telegraph Business Awards 2011 and at the Investors in the Environment Awards 2012.

“I hope to see as many people as possible at the event, putting forward their views on an important topic.”

The debate is open to all to attend and you can book your place by contacting Nick Reinis on 01733 207333 or via