Interesting speakers at our ForumFebruary 8, 2018
Nina Byrd spoke at our January Forum. Straight from university, Nina is a “breath of fresh air” in the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), where she has joined the team as the Assistant National Officer. Already she is making a difference to our older people’s organisation with new innovative digital and social media methods. She spoke about the importance of the NPC and particularly about the 2018 Pensioners’ Parliament. This year we have a 49-seater coach shared between IPF and the Tottenham and Wood Green pensioners’ group to go to Blackpool (11-15 June) and Nina wants some help to produce a video. We are inviting her to come to our next Forum meeting (15th February), hoping that some members who have attended the Parliament in Blackpool in previous years and/or are going this year will help her with this.
Jen Cronin from Fossil Free Islington also spoke to us, about the campaign for a greener programme towards saving the planet. She emphasised the need to persuade investors to concentrate on wind, solar etc rather than fossil fuel and reminded everyone about the need to change over to energy supplies from Angelic (the Islington Council-led fuel company) which is also there to help relieve poverty. She asked members to check where their private and occupational pension funds were invested and urged them to try to change them. There was considerable interest, questions and discussion; it was agreed that IPF would write to our MPs, Cllrs Richard Watts and Andy Hull. We agreed that Generations United should include fossil divestment in its campaigns. PLEASE SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/islington-council-divest-from-fossil-fuels