8 November 2017
The Green Party’s Energy Spokesperson, Andrew Cooper is attending the talks in Bonn to advocate the party’s position that fracking and further fossil fuel extraction is not compatible with a liveable climate. The party warn that a 3 degree temperature rise is likely rather than the 1.5 - 2 degree target within the 2015 Paris Agreement and this will be discussed in Bonn this week. Fracking risk site, Preston New Road in Lancashire held a ‘Green Monday’ rally this week timed with the start of COP23.
A large rally organised by RMT union was held at KM8 last Saturday, 4th November and ‘Green Friday’ visits will continue at KM8. Former Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett will join the protectors on Friday 17th November and Amelia Womack, the Deputy Leader on Friday 1st December.
KM8 has been dubbed ‘the front line for fracking’ but party councillors advise that peaceful protests are essential to oppose this technology spreading to Haxby, Wiggington and other surrounding areas of York.
Regional Green Party coordinator, Ann Forsaith has said
“Recent reports on climate change as well as evidence from the extreme weather events experienced in the world this year make it imperative that we leave fossil fuels in the ground. We need to build a future based on renewable energy sources. Fracking is dangerous and unnecessary - if you are able to support this commitment to fighting fossil fuel extraction in the UK on Green Fridays, or any other weekday please get along to KM8."