Top panel for Newsbook’s first business breakfast

Heavy booking registered for "Economy vs Environment?" theme

Minister for the Environment José Herrera, Opposition Spokesperson for the Environment Jason Azzopardi, Economist Gordon Cordina, and CEO of the Energy and Water Agency Manuel Sapiano will form the main panel for first business breakfast discussing the greening of the economy for a better quality of life.

The business breakfast is being held on Thursday November 14 between 8.30a.m. and 11.30a.m. at The Palace Sliema. Participation is free but pre-booking is important.

“We choose this subject for our first business breakfast as the relationship between the economy and the environment is one of the most important issues facing our county” said Rev Dr Joe Borg, Chairman of the Editorial Board.

He added that the debate seems to be taking an adversarial twist with many economic operators citing expenses while environmentalists speak of carbon footprints, climate crisis and doomsday scenarios.

The panel will place before the audience challenging ideas and data with the aim of stimulating a debate. Are the economy and the environment destined to be eternal rivals? Will one perish at the expense of the other or can they happily co-exist? Can we go ‘business as usual’ on the environment or have we passed the point of no return?

The discussion will be moderated by Jes Saliba who will also be taking comments from movers and shakers in the community, who have already confirmed their participation. These include president of Din l-Art Helwa Prof Alex Torpiano, Anthony Gatt, Director of Caritas and Prof Alan Deidun whose environmental credentials span decades.

Post discussion document will document all comments in a post-discussion document which will be presented to government with positions of different entities who will be participating.

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