Cafe Green packed for energy debate

Over 80 people crowded into St Owen's Street's Cafe Green in Hereford last week for the first in a regular series of events: The Cafe Green Debates. Organised by Hereford Green party, in partnership with the Art of Living Centre, the new bi-monthly events aim to engage a new generation in the important issues of today in a relaxed cafe atmosphere.

This month's event was a presentation by author Paul Mobbs entitled: Energy Beyond Oil. In a gripping talk which was packed full of facts and figures, Paul demonstrated how government figures on energy do not add up and how Britain will be facing serious energy shortages very soon. "Climate change is not a problem", Paul said. "It's our ever increasing use of energy which is the problem, and climate change is a sympton of that. Energy efficiency is great, but energy reduction is what is vital. Ultimately, we must consume less."

The busy cafe, and the new Wholefooder shop, remained open until 7.30pm, and opened again at 9pm after the debate. Event organiser, Rob Hattersley, said: "Coupled with crowds of people over the road at a musical event in the Methodist church, the busy evening scene was a picture of the cultural centre that St. Owen's Street could become with a bit of imagination. It was great to have such a good mix of young and older people in the Cafe engaging with issues that are so important to Herefordshire's future."

A follow up talk entitled "Less is a four letter word" will take place at the Canal Road Day Centre, Hereford, on December 6th at 7.30pm, hosted by Herefordshire Friends of the Earth. Hereford Colleges Debate Society will be looking at the issues raised on December 14th, and further Cafe Green Debates are planned during 2007. Details will be posted on

For more details on the work of author Paul Mobbs, visit
Herefordshire Friends of the Earth details can be found on
For more details on Cafe Green debates, see or contact Rob Hattersley on 01432-378407 or 07969-692534, or email

Posted: Wed - November 22, 2006 at 10:58 PM