Last Saturday I joined with hundreds of others to take part in the march from Bankers Corner to the Wish Tower slopes. This was the part that Eastbourne played in the Global Day for Climate Justice. This demonstration of public concern was replicated by events taking place across the world as more and more people recognise the impact of climate change upon our planet. It was a day for individuals to speak and for politicians to listen. I was particularly moved by the children who voiced their concerns. Their generation will be living with the consequences of the decisions made at COP26 which has been taking place in Glasgow. Some progress was made by world leaders in terms of agreements at this conference and it is vital that they deliver on them, but much more action is still needed.
The absence of major polluters like Russia and China from the event was significant as was the decision by the USA not to join the 40 countries who have pledged to move away from burning coal. Discussions on the impact of climate change will no doubt continue, but the time to make a difference is running out.
This coming Sunday is of course Remembrance Sunday. I will be joining: the Mayor, Council colleagues, representatives of the armed forces, local organisations, and local residents at the War Memorial to remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I consider myself to have been exceptionally fortunate that I have never had to live through a world war, we must never forget those who did and the horrific events that they experienced.
With Christmas fast approaching, I am sure that many of us will be looking at diaries and making plans for the festive period. One of my favourite events is always the panto at the Devonshire Park Theatre. This year, panto favourites, Martyn Knight and Tucker, are back with a talented cast in a production of Sleeping Beauty. Always an event to lift the spirits and leave you laughing, it runs from 10th December to the 9th January. Tickets are on sale now and being snapped up quickly, so why not book now to avoid disappointment.