Campaign Update

We need action now to make the North West a better place to live. The Green Party is closely involved in numerous campaigns that aim to improve our economy, our society and our environment. Scroll down the page to find out more.

  • Anti-fracking campaign centred at Preston New Road
  • Roundup Weedkiller
  • Democracy
  • HS2
  • Mental Health and the Environment

Anti-fracking campaign centred at Preston New Road

The Green Party is opposed to fracking because:

  • The only way to stop catastrophic global warming is to quickly and substantially reduce the amount of energy we use. In particular energy that is derived from the burning of fossil fuels. Fracking to extract shale gas, a new source of fossil fuel, makes no sense. Wherever possible fossil fuels need to remain in the ground if we are to avoid large parts of our planet becoming uninhabitable.
  • Fracking involves pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into the ground under pressure. The chemicals are likely to poison ground water.  This has occured at several fracking sites in the USA.
  • It cannot be guaranteed that there will not be methane gas leakage during large-scale extraction of shale gas. Indeed, in practice it has been shown that high levels of methane are vented in the process. Methane is more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide.
  • All the fracking materials and the waste water need to be moved on and off the fracking site by means of road transport. This will cause a substantial increase in noise and air polution to the surrounding area.

Green Party policy document on fracking.

The Green party and other interested organisations organise Green Mondays at the Preston New Road site.  Recent and future speakers outside the gates at Green Mondays include:

  • Britta Goodman & Caroline New, Green Party Campaign Coordinators (7 January).
  • Natalie Bennett, Former Leader of the Green Party (14 January).
  • Danny Goss, Friends of the Earth (21 January).
  • Krista Cowman, Professor of History at Lincoln University (28 January).
  • John Ashton (4 February).
  • Barbara Richardson, Roseacre Awareness Group (18 February).
  • Chris Bluemel, Earth First (25 February).
  • Donnachadh McCarthy, Environmental Journalist (4 March).
  • Carolyn Kagan & Mark Burton, Steady State Manchester Collective (11 March).
  • Helen Davison, Carlisle Green Party (18 March).
  • Mike Berners-Lee, Professor of Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University (25 March).
  • Dan Bailey, Institute for Leadership & Sustainability, Cumbria University (15 April).
  • Jem Bendell, Professor of Sustainability Leadership, Cumbria University (29 April).
  • Sian Berry, Co-leader of the Green Party (13 May).
  • Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party (20 May).
  • Rupert Read, Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia (3 June).
  • Marina Prentoulis, Spokesperson for Another Europe is Possible (24 June).

Speeches commence at different times each week, but usually around 12:30pm. Parking at Maple Farm Nursery, PR4 3PE or the back car park of The World of Water. If using the latter let someone in Ma Baker's Cafe know.

 

Roundup Weedkiller

In a landmark legal case in the US, the court ruled that Monsanto had acted maliciously in covering up evidence that their glyphosate weed killer, Roundup, is carcinogenic. The product has also been shown to be toxic to bees and other pollinators, and its widespread use may be partly responsible for their alarming decline. Roundup is routinely used by councils in the UK. Safer alternatives are available, including plant-based non-toxic steam foam.  If your local council is still using this product, you might consider raising awareness locally and helping to protect people by getting it banned. In some places it is being used on school fields and playgrounds!

 

Democracy

Our First-Past-the-Post system disadvantages progressive parties and the national party is keen to campaign for Proportional Representation. Nationally we are collaborating with Make Votes Matter to push for this. Democracy activists are also campaigning against the new national planning policy framework, which is a threat to local democracy and allows fracking to be imposed on local communities without their consent, as well as highlighting the electoral fraud behind Brexit.

 

HS2

The proposed route will be devastating to woodlands and wildlife.  The financial implications are shocking. The benefits, if any, are to the wealthy not to ordinary people. There is a need for massive investment in the rail networks in our region.  Access for people with disabilities is poor around the country. In light of this, HS2 does not look like a good use of public funds.

 

Mental Health

 

The Green Party has a strong policy platform on mental health and influential professionals in psychology are keen to work with us to push for much needed reform. At Autumn Conference in Bristol, Caroline Lucas highlighted the mental health co-benefits of action to protect and restore our natural world. The Extinction Rebellion movement is also highlighting the prevalence of ‘eco-anxiety’ amongst activists and concerned citizens, especially young people, as global greenhouse gas outputs continue to rise and it looks increasingly inevitable that we will overspend the carbon budget for a safe future.

A regional campaign to connect ecosystems and mental health recovery is under consideration. The ultimate aim would be to establish a right for communities to own green spaces to promote biodiversity, carbon capture and mental health. Surprisingly, austerity notwithstanding, there are grants available from Mersey Forest and other sources to encourage community woodland initiatives. There is a need to plant a lot more trees just to compensate for losses from Ash Dieback Disease.

 

Policy

Our campaigns reflect what we stand for. For more detail on our policies, all of which are written by ordinary members and agreed democratically, see our policy page or the policy section of our national website for summaries.

If you feel you can contribute to any of these campaigns, please contact the regional campaigns co-ordinator: Jackie Tait.