Politics and International Relations at Leeds Beckett, and Peacelinks at Leeds City Council co-hosted the 30th Olof Palme Annual Peace Lecture on 27th October 2016.
The speaker was the Caroline Lucas MP. Caroline Lucas was elected as an Green Party Member of the European Parliament for South East England Region in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and 2009. She was elected as leader of the Green Party in 2008 and as an MP representing Brighton Pavilion in 2010 and again in 2015. She was also named ‘Politician of the Year’ in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of The Observer Newspaper and in 2008 she was listed by The Guardian as one of “50 people who could save the planet”.
The lecture title was: War and Peace in the Modern World.
Caroline’s brilliant lecture spelt out the seriousness and scale of the challenges we are facing including nuclear disarmament, arms trade, climate change and inequality. But she then demonstrated there are signs of hope, and shared examples of projects, ideas, people and visions that are changing to a more peace and just world.
Caroline gave us hope and inspiration that everyone can take steps, something everyday, the way we act, the conversations we have, to change the world.
With no illusion that it is easy or quick, I am enjoying the vision of millions of people taking everyday actions towards peace and justice…and Caroline’s talk helped show how this will take us to a world we want to live in.
Thank you Caroline…and everyone who is taking the steps to change to a peaceful and just world.
The annual Leeds Peace Lecture is one of the ways we collaborate with other organisations to create ways to discuss, share and understand the global challenges we face. Politics and International Relations are hosting a number of other politics lectures in 2016-17. Please contact us to find out more.
Photo credits: John Sargent.