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.