National Climate Crisis Rally, Saturday 20 October, at PNR

NATIONAL CLIMATE CRISIS RALLY IN LANCASHIRE: MPs, NGOs, TRADE UNIONS & GREEN GROUPS JOIN PROTEST

This Saturday from 11.00hrs will see Frack Free Lancashire host a National Climate Crisis Rally at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN. [1]

Joined by a host of NGOs, speakers, green groups, MPs and campaign groups from across the country, three anti-fracking campaigners who were shockingly jailed for a peaceful protest and released following a high court appeal today, will also join the rally to speak out against fracking.

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report [2]that leaves no doubt that “business as usual” in terms of energy generation and the link to global warming, is simply not an option.

Cuadrilla Resources have now stated fracking has begun at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, since their self-caused earthquakes completely halted fracking in the UK in 2011.

Speakers at the National Climate Crisis Rally include: The Green Party’s Baroness Jenny Jones; Friends of the Earth’s Chief Executive, Craig Bennett; Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron and former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, John Ashton. Multiple Trade Unions will also speak out against fracking.

Entertainment and food will be available at this family-friendly event which will culminate with a visit to the fracking site itself.

Following the dramatic quashing of the Frack Free Three case today in the High Court, the anti-fracking movement has been strengthened with support from across the globe, and the group is delighted to welcome the three men back to the community that they bravely stood up for.

Award-winning actress, Emma Thompson today spoke after the successful High Court appeal:
“When a government behaves contrary to science, reason and public opinion, it’s inevitable that some brave souls will resist.

“Thank God the courts have seen sense and freed them!”

A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:

“We are looking forward to the event on Saturday, where we will welcome our friends and colleagues from across the country to stand with our community now fracking has reportedly begun. The event has been buoyed by the amazing news that our friends’ appeal in the High Court today was successful and they have since been freed from HMP Preston.” [3]

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For further information, please contact Frack Free Lancashire media team: admin@frackfreelancashire.org

  1. The Facebook event can be found here.
  2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report
  3. Today, the Frack Free Three’s appeal in the High Court was successful and their prison terms were quashed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett
  4. In 2015, Lancashire County Council democratically refused planning permission for Cuadrilla’s application to carry out exploratory hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road, on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. Cuadrilla subsequently appealed to the Secretary of State, who in October 2016, controversially overturned the local council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the go-ahead for planning permission.

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