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Divest East Sussex campaigners say "Fossil Fuel ain't Cool!"

Anti-Fossil Fuel campaign on the home stretch

Last Saturday, Divest East Sussex campaigners took their message to Bexhill as part of the Swinging Sixties event on the seafront. HOT’s Erica Smith donned her glad rags and picked up her protest placard.

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New campaign wants you to drop everything and read!

Drop everything and read! That’s the message from the National Literacy Trust, who want as many as possible in the town to stop what they are doing at 2pm today, Friday 12 July, and spend 10 minutes reading. Nick Terdre reports.

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Slots where slots shouldn’t be

Even in high summer, Hastings Pier is looking meagre still, with more toy animals than visitors. (Closing at 5pm in high summer probably doesn’t help.) The ‘new amusement area’ has opened — but some of gaming machines are where they should not be. What will Hastings Borough Council (HBC) do? Bernard McGinley looks at a needlessly drawn-out problem.

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Extinction Rebellion: the time is NOW

Larch Maxey came to Stade Hall last Wednesday evening (3 July) to talk to around 70 people about the climate emergency and social change. He spoke with passion about his discovery of Extinction Rebellion (XR) after a 25-year record of unrewarded activism and how he, like so many of us, found in XR what he’d been looking for all that time. XR understands that humans respond to stress emotionally, that we’re only about 20% rational, so, faced with climate emergency, we don’t simply do the math and put things right. Hence, our important principle of no shame and no blame, especially as our choices as consumers and non-consumers are in very short supply. XR Hastings member, Terry McBride shares her experience of the meeting with HOT readers.

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Warren Glen, where the council has identified alternative potential sites for solar arrays (photo: FHCPNR).

Friends take case against solar farms to Natural England

The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve have continued their campaign against the council’s proposal to install solar farms in the park with a detailed letter to the conservation watchdog Natural England. Meanwhile the council has made arrangements for feasibility studies to be tendered. Nick Terdre reports.

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“WHAT DO WE WANT?” “CLIMATE ACTION!”

“WHAT DO WE WANT?”, shouts Leo. “CLIMATE ACTION!” shouts back the passionate crowd. “WHEN DO WE WANT IT?” “NOW!” HOT’s Zelly Restorick wholeheartedly marched alongside the peaceful Youth Strike 4 Climate.

Posted 16:28 Friday, Jun 28, 2019 In: Young People
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MP impressed with community support for Marshlink stations

Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd, who has lobbied the government for improved rail links to London, has been given a whistle-stop tour to view community work, including artwork by schoolchildren, being undertaken at some of the Marshlink stations between Hastings and Ashford.

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Why I joined the Extinction Rebellion

from Extinction Rebellion (XR) Rye writes about what catalysed him to join the XR movement and how it has helped him to overcome his climate change disavowal.

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