Saturday, 24 November 2012

A DAY OF ACTION IN LONDON FOR KENT AND MEDWAY

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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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 07747 036192 or 01732 355185. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
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 stevedawe@gn.apc.org 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.

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