Yestival is a series of discussions and debates over a number of days about a better future for the people of Wales. Having learned what is possible/necessary in the future, discussion will turn towards how to implement this, when Westminster is taking such a radically different direction from the Welsh Government that was voted for by the people of Wales.
Fundamental to the difference of Wales from Westminster is commitment to the wellbeing of people and planet, as expressed in the Welsh Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 (WFG). The Act addresses economic prosperity for the people of Wales, also social justice and planetary issues.
Building on the themes of the Welsh Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015, the first event focused on equality and was held entirely online (because of Covid). The next event will discuss the next branch of the Act: prosperity.
Eliminating poverty Ellie Harwood, Hilary Wainwright, Russell Todd, Shavanah Taj
Climate change / Nature loss / Green New Deal Donal Whelan, Duncan Fisher, Katie Gallogly Swan, Rajsri Saikrishnan, Sam Ward
Sovereign currency Ben Arc, Mark Hooper, Justin Peter-Lilly, Tegid Roberts
Yestival: A Strong Economy will be an opportunity to discuss:
How Westminster makes our economy weak
Addressing the fundamental misconception that Wales is inherently weak and that its strength depends on Westminster.
How economic strength may lie elsewhere
Developing and defining ideas that would make our economy strong, but which are currently out of reach or being ignored because Westminster has the overriding power and says “no”.
Proceedings will be
MC - Carys Eleri; actress, performer and Yes Cymru committee member
Summaries by - Mark Hooper, Banc Cambria
Cian Ciáran, Yestival co-organiser says:
“Westminster is categorically opposed to addressing poverty and inequality, and in all of its actions is making climate change worse. Wales must address these two issues for its people and for the planet, but is prevented from doing so. What could independence offer Wales if it wants to address social injustice and the destruction of climate and nature?”
“I look forward to hearing from speakers who are experts in the field of economics and currency, who can identify the obstacles and challenges ahead whilst outlining the options that an independent Wales has to offer all its people.”