Newsletter – April 2019

Help needed at upcoming events (see below). Please get in touch if you’re able to help out. Thank you!

Latest news

Woodsetts Against Fracking urgently need funds to appoint experts for public inquiry

Ineos Shale claim to listen to the communities where they want to frack but despite 90+% disapproval and less than 1% in favour in the village of Woodsetts, plus two planning refusals from the Borough Council, they are pressing on with their drilling application.

This means a small community faces a large corporation and its multi billion-pound owner at a public inquiry. Please help to fund the best possible case against Ineos which means paying for a professional legal team and a team of experts. 

Please contribute now and share with friends and family.

Anti-fracking campaigners win legal victory against Ineos injunction

Campaigners have won a major legal victory against a “draconian” injunction granted to fracking firm Ineos.

The measures were taken out to prevent “persons unknown” from trespassing or causing disruption at the energy giant’s shale gas sites.

While the company has argued it only intended to prevent unlawful activities, critics say the measures have had “a very serious chilling effect on lawful and legitimate protest activities”.

The Court of Appeal ruled the injunction had been granted unlawfully by the High Court, and ordered changes to preserve civil liberties and free speech.

“This is a humiliating defeat for Ineos and a victory for campaigners and human rights,” said Dave Timms, head of political affairs at Friends of the Earth, which provided support for the case.

Read more at The Independent

International tribunal recommends worldwide ban on fracking

A panel of judges at an internationally-recognised tribunal has urged the United Nations to ban fracking.

The Permanent People’s Tribunal session on fracking and climate change has concluded that materials and infrastructure used in unconventional oil and gas extraction violate human rights.

In an advisory opinion, the judges said the violations were against rights to life, water, full information and participation and the rights of indigenous people, women and children.

The judges concluded there was “an axis of betrayal between corporations and governments” that allowed the industry to violate human rights.

The industry was also a major contributor to climate change and a threat to local ecosystems, they said.


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Upcoming events

March for the Climate – Sheffield Strike/3

Friday 12th April 2019
Assemble on Devonshire Green and then marching to Sheffield Town Hall for a rally.

On 15 February over 15,000 school students ditched the classroom for the first #YouthStrike4Climate and on 15 March an incredible 50,000 turned out, joining over 1.5 million people worldwide. They are rising up once again…

“This strike falls within the Easter holiday. We’ve been accused of truanting, just wanting a day off school, college, or university. Now is the time to show that we’re fighting for our very futures. Let’s make this demonstration huge!

“We won’t see the change we need to see to secure our future unless we continue to demonstrate, continue to disrupt the status quo, and continue putting pressure on those in government and positions of power.

“Bring placards, bring banners, bring your friends!”

Visit the event on Facebook

Misson Springs Solidarity Day

Monday 22nd April 2019
10am start
Misson Springs shale gas exploration site, DN10 6ET

Frack Free Misson are calling for a day of solidarity and action at the gates in order to highlight the signing of the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. This agreement binds 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.

FFM say: “We believe our government, current policy and the commitment to processes such as fracking fly in the face of this agreement. Let’s get together, fill the road with people and send a message to our government and support the community of Misson!

“We will have music, speakers, cake and hopefully beautiful sunshine!”

Visit the event on Facebook

Barlborough Hall Country Festival

Saturday 4th May 2019
Park Street, Barlborough S43 4ES

A fun filled day for all the family at Barlborough Hall. All day music and entertainment plus much more.

Sheffield Against Fracking will have a stall at this event – come and say hi, and find out how you can help fight fracking.

Visit the event on Facebook

Volunteers needed on the SAF stall during the event, and also with transporting the gazebo to and from the event. Please get in touch if you can help, even if it’s just for a couple of hours.

Chesterfield May Day 2019

Monday 6th May 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

The parade assembles at 10.30am at Chesterfield Town Hall and we march off at 11.00. The rally in New Square starts at 11.45, which will be full of campaigning stalls. Speakers include John McDonnell MP, Nita Sanghera Vice President of UCU, Mark Serwotka General Secretary of PCS, and Julia Felmanas from the Brazilian Workers’ Party. After the speeches there will be live music from Ajay Srivastav, Ian Prowse & Friends.

Mosborough Against Fracking will have a stall at this event – please stop and say hi, and find out how you can help fight fracking.

Visit the event on Facebook

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 7th May 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

All are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you can make it at the Facebook event or by email.

Festival of Debate: Our Planet Hub Day

Saturday 11th May 2019
Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QZ

In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of man-made climate change, how do we take action to significantly reduce our impact on the world? The challenge can seem too big, too daunting, and while knowledge and understanding are important, just as important is a belief that we can change things for the better. This event explores many related topics through a range of short concurrent sessions, before coming together for a concluding performance by pianist and climate activist Lola Perrin, featuring guest speaker Asad Rehman (booking required).

Among the speakers is Frack Free South Yorkshire founder and science teacher, David Burley. He will be discussing the topic, ‘How do you beat a government hell-bent on fracking?’ at 1.30pm

Sheffield Against Fracking will be having a stall at this event – please come and speak to us to find out more about fracking and why we’re fighting it.

Suggested donation: £5

Full details on the Festival of Debate website

Volunteers needed on the SAF stall during the event. Please get in touch if you can help, even if it’s just for a couple of hours.

Get involved

WE NEED YOU to help with the fight against fracking. Come and join us at one of our events. We’d love to meet you.

Learn from the SAF team and help spread the word. Have fun, eat cake, blow bubbles, play with dinosaurs and more.

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