29 August 2017
Three women, all members of the Green Party, are taking action to protest against increasing extraction of fossil fuels. They arrived at the Preston New Road site with a boat named 'Fracky McFrackFace, painted with the slogans: ‘Harness the wind, waves and sun’ and ‘Bail out from fracking’.
Caroline Jackson is a Lancaster City Councillor and a retired headteacher. She said:
“We have brought a boat to the fracking site to highlight the fact that fracking will make climate change worse by emitting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Fracking will therefore contribute to rising sea levels. Around half a billion people around the world are at risk from rising sea levels (1).”
Emily Heath is a university lecturer in Earth Sciences. She said:
“Continuing to develop new sources of fossil fuels is utter madness. We have abundant renewable energy all around us, and yet the Government is hell-bent on undermining the renewable energy industry, because they have vested interests in the fossil fuel industry and seem to be incapable of thinking beyond the short term.”
Mollie Foxall is a retired NHS manager. She explained:
“I am taking direct action because the Government has left me no choice. They overturned the local democratic decision to not allow fracking in this area. We are calling on the Government to put people’s lives ahead of corporate profits, and stop backing fracking.”
The three women are pictured below with Green Party County Councillor Gina Dowding.
The Green Party candidates for the North West region in the Euro Elections of 23 May were:
Gina Dowding. Lancashire County Councillor. Elected.
Wendy Olsen. Salford.
Jessica Northey. St Helens.
Geraldine Coggins. Trafford Borough Councillor.
Rosie Mills. Lancaster.
Astrid Johnson. Manchester.
Dan Jerrome. Trafford Borough Councillor.
James Booth. Macclesfield.