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Greta Thunberg, outside the Swedish parliament. With a sign in the background that says: School strike for climate. Photo by Anders Hellberg licensed under the Creative Commons

It’s Not Too Late to Change the World

Date: Monday 21st August   /   Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Guardian reported that climate activist Greta Thunberg has pulled out of an appearance at the Edinburgh book festival, accusing its lead sponsor of “greenwashing”.

Join us for a facilitated conversation online, on Monday 21st August at 7pm (on Zoom) inspired by Greta Thunberg’s decision not to attend the sold-out Festival event that she was due to headline at Edinburgh’s Playhouse, as part of a series of “climate positive” events at this year’s festival.

Her decision came after Scotland’s investigative news site The Ferret claimed that festival sponsor Baillie Gifford had billions invested in firms that profit from fossil fuels.

In a statement released through the festival, Thunberg said: “As a climate activist I cannot attend an event which receives sponsorship from Baillie Gifford, who invest heavily in the fossil fuel industry.”

“Greenwashing efforts by the fossil fuel industry, including sponsorship of cultural events, allow them to keep the social licence to continue operating. I cannot and do not want to be associated with events that accept this kind of sponsorship.”

Do you agree with Greta Thunberg’s decision?  

What challenges does greenwashing present?

What actions can we take to make a difference?

Then join us on Monday 21st August to share your reflections, and consider what we can do to make a difference. Be sure to hit the ‘Book now!’ button below to be sent the Zoom link.

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This free event is open to all Humanist Society Scotland members, supporters, and anyone who shares our vision and values. When you register for this event, your personal information will be used for the purpose of enabling you to join the event and for a short evaluation after the event. For more information, please see our privacy notice.

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