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IoM Greens must engage critics, says party leader

Group to hold conference in Laxey this weekend

The leader of the Isle of Man Greens says his party must engage with critics to bring about public debate on environmental issues.

Andrew Newton says there are undoubtedly those who disagree with the group's principles, but insists it's always 'open to conversation'.

It comes ahead of the first Green Party conference this weekend, which begins at the Salmon Lake Centre in Laxey on Saturday (21 Sep). 

The day before, a strike is planned by the Manx student climate network outside the Tynwald buildings, as part of global demonstrations calling for governments to take action on the climate emergency.

On social media, former politician Juan Turner described the pupils as 'virtue signalling little hypocrites', and called for them to be rounded up by police and fined.

On a global stage, teenage activist Greta Thunberg has been attacked by public figures and in some quarters of the media.

Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne asked Party Leader Andrew Newton, and Deputy Leader Lamara Craine how they respond to critics and those who deny climate science: 

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