8 November 2017

On Monday the annual UN Climate Talks Conference- ‘COP 23’ - began in Bonn. Third Energy fracking company are reported to be ready to frack in North Yorkshire within days therefore local and regional Yorkshire and Humber Green Party members are continuing their actions now more than ever.

A strong Green Party presence will continue each Friday at Kirby Misperton (KM8) , the next one being this Friday 10th November with national co-Leader Jonathan Bartley visiting again. Activities and demonstrations will start from 10am.

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."