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Balcombe anti-fracking protest Photo Zelly Restorick

Balcombe anti-fracking protest Photo Zelly Restorick

Fracking, fossil fuels and the future

There’s a new anti-fracking/pro-renewables group of local creatives called ‘Don’t Frack With Sussex’, who are carrying out creative actions in the run up to the Paris Climate Change talks. Posted by HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

“We are hoping to make an impact on Amber Rudd’s short-sighted climate change strategy,” says a group spokesperson. “Please do take a moment to sign our petitionLike us on Facebook. Follow us: @dontfracksussex.


The Long Man of Wilmington Photo from the group

The Long Man of Wilmington Photo from the group

Are you looking for new members for the group – or people to take part in actions? 

We’d love other people to take part in the next action. Join the Facebook group for updates on this and send us a direct message : )

What made you and others start up this group?

A feeling that it was our duty as local people to do something and utilise this unique position as Rudd’s constituents to speak out.

When are the Paris climate change talks – and what would you like to achieve?

See our press release. (Soon to be posted, along with the group’s answer to this question: What makes you and the others believe that non-violent action works and can make a difference? ZR)

‘Do The Math’

“It makes no sense to invest in companies that undermine our future. We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet” Desmond Tutu

Hastings and Rye Green Party have organised a film screening of ‘Do The Math’, a documentary about the rising global movement to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis by challenging the fossil fuel industry, followed by a discussion with Ellen Gibson (Fossil Free UK).

“To have any chance of stopping catastrophic climate change, at least 80% of the world’s proven reserves of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) need to remain in the ground,” states a representative from Hastings and Rye Green Party. “Yet in 2012, the 200 largest listed fossil fuel companies spent $674 billion on developing new reserves.

“Across the world people are taking action to get local councils, hospitals, universities and other bodies to take a public stand and stop investing in fossil fuel companies (coal, oil and gas), removing the social and political license that these companies need to operate. Here in the UK, Oxford and Bristol City Councils have already made commitments to divest from fossil fuels. Join us to learn more and discuss how we can get East Sussex County Council to withdraw its £172 million of investments!”

This event is organised by Hastings & Rye Green Party. See here for their account of the recent Art Not Oil campaign at The British Museum.

Art Not Oil

Art Not Oil has mobilised against Big Oil cultural sponsorship since 2004. It was a Rising Tide UK campaign from that date until 2013, when it became a coalition of autonomous organisations united around the aim of ending oil sponsorship of the arts, and sharing its resources as the Art Not Oil Coalition.

‘Do The Math’ screening & discussion
7.30pm, Tuesday 27 October
The Observer Building, 53 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DT
Step-free access & wheelchair accessible toilet
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Posted 11:32 Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 In: Energy Wise


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  1. Zelly Restorick

    Hello DAR,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I am sure ‘Amber Rudd’ the human being is different from ‘Amber Rudd’ the politician. I guess, within the hierarchy of authority in which she works, she has pressure on her to be a certain way, bang a certain drum, walk a particular walk, talk a specific talk. Maybe there is not much room to manoeuvre? Maybe the position she holds is very different to how she imagined it? However, I am aware that it is her choice to stay in the role. As we all have choices.
    Since Greg Barker’s stance on the BHLR as previous Minister for Climate Change – and now Amber Rudd – it has puzzled and perturbed me that this ministerial position doesn’t automatically seem to mean that environmental matters are the priority.
    However, let’s choose to have faith. We all, as individuals, can make our contribution and change things, by ‘being the change we want to see’, etc. Maybe if enough individuals change, the tide will change too; the state of the planet is something that is everyone’s responsibility, not just The Powerful People At The Top of the Business and Government and Political hierarchies.

    Comment by Zelly Restorick — Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 @ 05:57

  2. Zelly Restorick

    Hello SJ,
    Thank you for your comment. The US is made up of many individuals – and not all of the them would be in agreement with the country’s representatives’ stance on fossil fuels. Same as here. Same as in other countries. Let’s keep faith that things can change. I admire the people who are doing something in this field to make a difference. Don’t give up hope.

    Comment by Zelly Restorick — Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 @ 05:43

  3. SJ

    Do the “math” is a slightly ironic North American useage given the US’s commitment to fossil fuels and its stance on environmentalism generally. But whatever.

    Comment by SJ — Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 @ 20:38

  4. DAR

    I’m afraid Amber Rudd is too interested in climbing the greasy pole to change her “climate change strategy”.

    Comment by DAR — Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 @ 18:04

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