Category Archives: environment action/talk

Public Meeting: No to Fracking

This summer, mass protests erupted when fracking company Cuadrilla started drilling in Balcombe in Sussex. But fracking will soon be happening in the North too.

 *Cuadrilla had to stop when their first attempts at fracking in Lancashire caused earthquakes and the casings of their wells were shattered. Now they’re planning to start work in Lancashire again.

 *Another fracking company, IGas, is planning to start work soon in Salford.

 * Coal bed methane projects have been approved across Yorkshire.

 * The Yorkshire coastline faces the threat of coal gasification – which involves setting fire to coal seams to release gas.
 We have just enough time to stop fracking taking hold in the UK. The industry is in its infancy and is vulnerable. Success lies with nation-wide community resistance.

 Join us at the public meeting to find out more about what fracking is and how we can work together to stop fracking in the North:

 * Report back from anti-fracking protests in Balcombe.

 * Speakers on the issues around fracking and other unconventional fossil fuels

 * Speakers from local communities across the North fighting off fracking including Residents Against Fracking in Fylde and Say No to Fracking on Barton Moss.

 What is fracking?

 Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. It is associated with water contamination, health problems in neighbouring communities, leakage of methane causing climate change and the industrialization of the countryside, amongst other impacts.

Friendly Fire and Allotment Session

Last sunday was a huge success with many curious new faces leaving with a smile! We made the plot look beautiful and celebrated round the fire with a hearty stew. Lets have another one!

Come and get down to Woodhouse More (Hydepark) for the Environmental extravaganza (12-3pm) and we will try and captivate some members of the public to join us for an afternoon of turning our second plot into productive paradice. Later on in the evenig we will get the fire going and cook up another hearty broth so bring some veg, pulses, lentils, chillies and everything else you can think of for a celebrating the flavours of the land.

No experience or tools are required so please come allong!

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Squaring up to the Energy Crisis

An event to get clued up and skilled up to stop the impending fossil fuelled disaster and create a sustainable future.


The arctic is melting. Hurricanes like Sandy are lashing major cities. People in Leeds are dying in their homes because they can't afford to pay their gas bills. West Yorkshire towns are seeing their worst floods in decades. Energy companies are showing their highest ever profits. 21 people shut down EDF's new gas fired power station for a week. It's snowing in March.

It's all linked!

As old coal fired power stations are coming to the end of their life around 2015 crucial decisions are being made about our energy future.

Do we build 40 new gas fired power stations, cover the countryside in fracking rigs in a desperate and dangerous bid to get some domestic gas supply and import the rest from Russia and Qatar, like George Osborne is planning?

Do we extend the life of the old dirty coal plants by fitting new kit to make them marginally cleaner, like the Big Six energy companies want?

Or do we take seriously the option of renewable energy, energy efficiency and challenge the system that says we need to constant economic growth and the energy demand that goes with that.

This event will help you think your way through the issues, find people who think like you, get some skills to take action and have fun.

Another world is possible. What are we waiting for?

Shell to sea campaign info night

Come & find out about the inspiring community-led campaign against Shell

in Ireland.

A night of talks & films, plus Q & A with local resident & campaigner

Terence Conway.

Friday 26th April 6pm

Room 4, Leeds University Student Union.

All welcome, free entry.

For over 12 years, the local community in Mayo have been resisting Shell's

plans to force through a high pressure raw gas pipeline and inland

refinery. Local people have gone through all possible channels to fight

the project.

Let down by the Government, many have been beaten, imprisoned and feel

under siege by the security and police. However people continue to protest

in order to protect their families, livelihoods and resources.

Come and hear the latest news and find out about the Rossport Solidarity

Camp WEEK OF ACTION 21st-30th June 2013.