Tom Franklin

Chair and Regional Party Liaison Officer and Regional Treasurer

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After a long period of not being involved in party politics I joined the Green Party in 2012, as it is the only party that is taking climate change seriously.

Since then I have discovered how many of its policies I like from advocating active transport (walking and cycling) pushing for better local public transport, fighting for better air quality so that we can all have clean air to breathe to the Citizen’s Income. I have also found it warm and friendly, and a great way to get to know York and its people when I moved here in 2015.

I am particularly concerned about the arms trade and the death and destruction that follows from that. I have twice been arrested for trying to prevent arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey. The first time I was acquitted on the grounds that I was trying to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity. The second time I was acquitted for using the right to protest, but the Crown Prosecution Service is currently appealing the acquittal.

I am a father with two grown up children and live with my partner and her one-eyed cat in North York.

I am also treasurer of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Green Party.

Amazing scenes like this unfolding around world!

Sea level isn’t the only thing rising. We are rising too

Don’t let anyone say taking part in protests like this doesn’t make a difference

Together we are more powerful than we can possibly imagine - be there!

#ClimateStrike https://t.co/iovudUXZos

A few of our snaps from today's strike in York!

Thank you to those taking part.

We will be heard.

(credit: Jenni Suitiala)

#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #ThisIsNotADrill

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Hearing estimates that at its peak around a thousand people in #york took part in #GlobalClimateStrike #ClimateStrike - more @BBCYork @Julesradio

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I'm so happy to see that young women around the world are leading the climate movement. Thank you to girls like @GretaThunberg for using your voice, speaking truth to power — and encouraging other young people to do the same. 💕 https://t.co/e489ZiUHul

In advance of tomorrow’s #GlobalClimateStrike, police forces are sharing an Instagram video urging young people taking part in protests to talk to Police Liaison Officers. As we’ve said so many times, blue-bibbed PLOs are first and foremost intelligence gatherers and best avoided

Now speaking at the #ClimateStrike in York is Councillor Rosie Baker @RosieMicklegate, representing the York City Council saying we need to ensure that the York plan is sustainable

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