The Fracking Three were jailed on Wed 28th Sept

28 September 2018

By Allan Todd, Lancashire Green Party

The huge news is that 2 weeks ago, the truck surfers of July 2017, were handed down prison sentences for their actions to protect our planet and its climate.

In this bizarre and increasingly undemocratic corporate state that the UK has become, those who try - peacefully - to help the government meet its carbon-reduction ‘commitments’ are now put in prison, whilst the perpetrators & facilitators of the climate crime that is fracking remain outside prison.

protesters outside lancashire court

It is worth bearing in mind that this is the first time, since 1932, that anyone has been imprisoned for peaceful civil disobedience.

Since 2016, when the Tory government went back on its election ‘promises’ about ‘Big Government’ and over-ruled Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse Cuadrilla planning permission to frack at Preston New Road & Roseacre, several more democracy lines’ have been crossed:

• planning regulations have been altered to make it possible for dirty energy companies to by-pass democratically-elected local councils

• an increasing number of injunctions have been granted by High Courts to prevent effective peaceful protests designed to protect Planet Earth and all the species that live on it.

But these prison sentences - of 15-16 months each - are arguably the most serious crossed line of all - I, for one, shall certainly be re-thinking about ‘upping the game’. Having been privileged this summer to be part of two Greenpeace actions which ‘disrupted the days’ of facilitators and perpetrators of various climate crimes, I’m thinking that the time has well & truly come to disrupt the days of all those facilitators of fracking whose offices are not covered by the injunction. To slightly misquote James Larkin: “The powerful only seem powerful because we are on our knees. Let us rise!”

Only maybe we should be thinking more of sitting down - in HUGE numbers - and linking arms, rather than standing up: the former is much harder for the police to deal with! However, one piece of encouraging news is that, even if the Tories haven’t understood the seriousness of the Climate Crisis, Paul McCartney has! His new LP, Egypt Station, has a 7-minute track about the Climate Crisis, entitled ’Despite Repeated Warnings’.

You can listen to it via this link.

Read The Independent's article calling for a judicial review.