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!
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.
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".
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!
29th October, Meet at SU entrance at 10:30am
Come along to this creative action - part of a national day of protest organised against Barclays for their financing of fracking. Across the country both student and community groups will protest as part of an cross-country demonstration telling Barclays to stop financing climate change. We’ll meet at the SU entrance before heading to Barclays in town where we’ll link up with local groups to display banners, sing and chant. We’ll make it as creative and fun as possible, using what we made at the craftivism session!
2nd November, View Room 5 at 6pm
So we’ve had all these events - Want to have more in the future? Interested in starting a student-led campaign on fracking? Then coming along to this and we’ll discuss how to move forwards!