By Emily Reed – Fashion PR student
There has been a controversial debate circling fracking for years now. If you’ve been keeping up to date with what’s been going on in the news over the past year you would most definitely have heard the term fracking and ‘Yorkshire’ used in the same sentence.
Third Energy which is owned by Barclay’s Bank have applied, and been approved, to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, to the disapproval of not only the local area but pleasingly the town received support from all over the country.
Last week, 24th – 29th October saw protesters take to the streets, or their sofas in some cases, to campaign against fracking and in particular Barclay’s support of this damaging industry. Across the country people were ‘taking action’ and stood in solidarity with Ryedale to show that they would not go down without a fight.
Protesters from Friends of the Earth set up home outside London branches of Barclay’s with their signs in hand, sipping tea on their sofa and snacking on ‘don’t keep calm and stop fracking’ biscuits. Sit-ins of this style also took place in Cambridge, Manchester and Hastings.
Despite objection from activists, people in the local area and even famous fashion designer Vivienne Westwood Third Energy were given the go ahead to begin fracking in North Yorkshire. Local residents fears have come true and their beautiful unspoilt countryside is now at risk of major damage, not to mention water, air and soil pollution. How is that fair? Fracking is going to begin on their doorstep and there doesn’t seem to be a thing anyone can do about it.
Some could argue its a case of big corporate company (Third Energy) against small town community (Ryedale), in my opinion they were always going to win, unfortunately.
Vivienne Westwood has always been known for her out-there stunts and controversial shows, off and on the catwalk. Not one to shy away from a justly cause, last year she drove a military tank to David Cameron’s house in Oxforshire to carry out a ‘fake chemical attack’ in a protest against fracking.
Vivienne said: “Cameron accuses foreign leaders such as President Gaddafi and President Assad of supposedly using chemicals on their own people as a justification for regime change…. But he is doing precisely that here in Britain by forcing toxic, life-threatening fracking chemicals on his own people against the advice of his own chief scientist.”
But is it too late? If enough people make enough noise surely the ‘big cats’ will have no choice but to listen? Say no to fracking!
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