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'May Day May Day for the Planet' festival at Glossop Labour Club

Glossop Labour Club has organised a weekend of activities and events in recognition that the climate crisis is going to affect everyone.

Derek Clarke, Chair of the club’s Management Committee, said: "We are really pleased with this varied and exciting programme, that demonstrates the club’s support for progressive and community solidarity groups and our commitment to campaigning for and supporting action on the most important issue of our age." 

The events start on Friday evening (29 April) with poetry and music on an environment theme, with contributions welcome from the floor. 

The theme for Saturday (30 April) is education and campaigning, with stalls from local progressive and solidarity organisations in the morning, and talks and workshops about how we can tackle climate change. Visitors in the morning can meet like-minded people from local groups to find out more about the work they do, and how they can get involved. 

After lunch, there are a number of interesting speakers: 

  • Prof Paul Rogers (Peace Studies, University of Bradford University): Climate Breakdown, Politics and Human Security 
  • Hilary Wainwright (Co-Editor of Red Pepper): Worker led initiatives towards a low carbon and demilitarized economy 
  • Ellen Robottom (Campaign Against Climate Change Steering Group): Climate Jobs: Building a Workforce for the Climate Emergency - a Climate Justice Approach 

This will be followed by workshops to explore solutions to tackle the climate crisis. 

Saturday evening will have music from Jess Silk and Darren Poyzer (which is a ticketed event). 

Sunday (1 May) is International Worker’s Day. 

A guided Glossop History Walk in the morning will take a step back in time in imagination, walking in the footsteps of people who lived and worked in the valley where the industrial revolution took off. 

Alternatively, people can join the banner and placard-making workshop at the club before taking the train into Manchester to join the traditional May Day Parade. 

The Red Film Club will host a showing of Ken Loach’s documentary film “The Spirit of ‘45” in the evening, which demonstrates how dramatic change can be brought about with will, commitment and a vision of a better world. 

Bank Holiday Monday (2 May) will be a family activity day with a number of activities throughout the day. 

Families can help textile artist Helen Robson create a tableau on the impact of pollution and climate change using recycled materials or help Eliza Pascoe paint a Tree of Life on the front window of the Club. 

There are a number of environment-themed board games suitable for ages 8+ to try out. 

The Repair Cafe at Glossop Labour Club will be running a special session in the afternoon, focusing on garden tools and bicycles, both tools for tackling climate change. 

Ade Finch, from Internal Gate Martial Arts, will be offering taster sessions throughout the day. 

A vegan lunch will also be provided by The People’s Kitchen for a reasonable price. 

Booking is advisable for some events and the full programme is available at http://www.glossoplabourclub.org.uk/may-day 

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