A band of Green Party members together with other anti-frackers will be walking some or all of the 120 miles between the two approved Fracking sites in the North of England. The ‘No Fracking Way’!
Starting at Kirkby Misperton – the one Fracking Site approved in Yorkshire by the Conservative-Led North Yorkshire County Council – the No Fracking Way leads to the one approved Fracking site in Lancashire at Preston New Road, approved by the Conservative Government overruling the Local Planning Committee.
The walkers will carry soil from the Yorkshire site to the Lancashire site as a gesture of solidarity between the peoples of Yorkshire and Lancashire against Fracking.
Please join us – walk 120 yards or 120 miles to say No Fracking Way!
A Core Group of around 7 Green Party members will walk the whole route with many more encouraged to join us and attend rallies along the route. It will be difficult to accommodate and support many people along the full route which is why there’s a limit on the Core Group.
We shall be setting off from Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire on Wednesday 8th of March and ending up at the Preston New Road site in Blackpool on Sunday the 12th of March.
Day 1 – Kirby Misperton to Easingwold
Day 2 – Easingwold to Harrogate
Day 3 – Harrogate to Silsden
Day 4 – Silsden to Longridge
Day 5 – Longridge to Preston New Road/Blackpool
Total – 120 miles
The five day walk is to highlight the dangers of fracking to both our global and local environments. We will be drawing attention to the many alternatives to Fracking that can be used to provide a secure and sustainable energy future.
Alternatives such as renewable energy, large scale energy efficiency programmes for existing homes and low energy Passivhaus standards for new homes are all options that exist today. The message we will be giving is that we just need the political will to make them a reality. We will also be highlighting the need to elect Green Party Councillors in the forthcoming County Council Election who stand up for communities and against Fracking and who will promote serious action to address climate change.
There will be car support available en route in case of emergencies and to carry small amounts of luggage e.g. sleeping bags
It will be an average of 25 miles walking per day. Generally scenic/rural. There is some off road walking on Day 3 and a long stretch of Lancaster canal on Day 5
There will be many opportunities for anti-frackers – Green Party members and others – to get involved over the 5 days. More details to follow!
Kirklees Cllr Andrew Cooper is organising the No Fracking Way walk. You can email him for more info.