On Saturday 1st December Kent Green Party urges everyone to attend the Global Day of Action on Climate Change and on Fracking(1) including the annual National Climate March in London. Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party, explains why this is particularly important for our County:
"The coastline of Kent and Medway is very vulnerable to climate change.
Rising sea level and storm surges are set to change our coastline
considerably by 2100 (2). Predictions of a one metre sea level rise by
2100 were based on assumptions that we would curb greenhouse gas
emissions. This has not happened globally, so sea level rise around Kent
will be greater (3).
"Kent also faces the threat of hydraulic fracking to obtain shale gas.
This practice is banned in South Africa, France, Switzerland and Bulgaria
due to its effects upon water supplies and its association with earth
tremors like the one in Lancashire which has led to suspension of this
practice in the UK. But hydraulic fracking is supported by the current
Environment Secretary and is proposed for Woodnesborough near Deal and
Bidborough near Edenbridge, in Kent(4).
"Further exploitation of oil, gas and coal stocks must cease if dangerous
climate change is going to be avoided, including stopping any use of shale
gas in the UK.
"Kent Green Party encourage people concerned about climate change and
fracking to assemble at Grosvenor Square in London at 12.00 noon on
Saturday 1st December (5)."
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1. Hydraulic fracking involves pumping toxic chemicals into rock
formations to help release what is referred to as Shale Gas. This adds to
greenhouse gas emissions as methane gas is often lost into the environment
in this process. Just as problematic is the concern that water supplies
are contaminated by the practice. The US development of this technique has
led to falls in property values, contamination of water supplies to the
extent that households need to be supplied with water by trucks and the
repeated release of methane into the environment. Vermont has banned
fracking and extensive campaigns exist in other parts of the USA.
2. Organisations recently expressing concern that climate change is
accelerating, with worse implications for coastlines, extreme weather
events and overall climatic conditions include: the International Energy
Agency; the United Nations Environment Programme; the World Wide Fund for
Nature; the European Environment Agency.
3. Maps showing the effects of different levels of sea level increase
upon Kent are available from email@example.com as prepared by Dr Geoff
Meaden and colleagues.
4. Both suspended at present, due to concerns after earth tremors
created by Fracking in Lancashire.
5. Organised by Campaign against Climate Change www.campaigncc.org
Get Fracktious, to oppose hydraulic fracking on 1st December at 12 noon
at Parliament or Grosvenor Square, Saturday 1st December for the Climate
March (midway through the Qatar Climate Talks - COP 18). The Campaign will
be building a "fracking rig" outside Parliament to secure a definitive
photo-op and to signal to government that fracking will not go ahead
without massive resistance. AND will also be building a "Grosvenor Square
Keystone pipeline" between the Canadian High Commission and the US embassy
to signal our outrage at the continued exploitation of high-carbon tar sands.