Page:Frack Free University
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The SU Officers are organising a series of events (open to the general public) in October about fracking - which the Officers believe is socially and environmentally unjust! It contributes to climate change and has a drastic effect on local communities, and companies profit from these injustices!

It's a local issue, with fracking approved in North Yorkshire, and Sheffield open to the prospect with INEOS in the early stages of fracking, currently carrying out seismic surveys.

There were two student-organised anti-fracking protests last academic term, and these events are a continuation of that to tie in with increased efforts nationally. The Officers hope this will lay the groundwork for a dedicated student anti-fracking campaign! 

So come along and learn, meet other interested people and take action on one of the issues most likely to define the climate justice movement nationally in the next few years!

Panel talk and Q&A

12th October, Raynor Lounge at 6pm 

A panel talk and Q&A with some exciting speakers from around the country!

Tina Rothery - Member of the anti-fracking group ‘Knitting Nanas;’ a group of women who have led campaigns against fracking in Lancashire. She is being sued for £55,000 by fracking company Cuadrilla for engaging in peaceful protest.

Asad Rehman - Campaigner for environmental group Friends of the Earth, he is a frequent advocate of climate justice at UN climate negotiations.

Tim Thornton - A GP from Ryedale - the first community in the UK to be facing fracking - he has done extensive research into the negative health impacts of fracking.

Simon Bowens - Experienced campaigner with 'Friends of the Earth,' he will speak about the environmental impact of fracking in producing fossil fuels.

Film Screening

19th October, Diamond Building Work Room 1 at 6pm

A screening of Gasland 2, a Josh Fox directed documentary which “shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing the world today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".

Craftivism

28th October, SU Activities Zone at 5pm

Fancy getting involved in a creative way? Whatever your level of arts and crafts know-how, come along and make some anti-fracking banners and placards. Know any good slogans or interesting designs? Or do you just fancy doing some art - it's a great way to practise self-care!