Fracking is a public health threat and must stop now

Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS

The climate and public health risks from fracking are well documented.

It makes NO sense for the government and its agencies to push ahead with fracking – particularly as the government’s NHS quangos are rushing local NHS organisations and Councils to adopt new NHS, social care and pubic health “care models” that allege they will improve public health by tackling the social environmental and economic causes of preventable illnesses.

In fact this claim is almost entirely bogus, as 999 Call for the NHS has pointed out in what Newcastle Uni Professor of Global Health Policy Ted Schrecker has called our “extremely powerful” response to the public consultation on NHS England’s cost-cutting and privatising new Accountable Care Organisation contract.

The quangos have now rebranded it as the Integrated Care Provider Contract, in order to conceal its roots in the USA’s Medicare/Medicaid system that provides a limited range of state-funded healthcare for…

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Demonstrating against the arms trade

Quakers in Ireland

Eurosatory, the biennale of the biggest arms trade fair in the world, took place in Paris from 11-15 June 2018. This year the organisers, Stop Fuelling War, managed to be part of an event in central Paris which gathered people from all over Europe in a peaceful and fun-filled event in the days leading up to the start of the arms trade fair. Unfortunately, this Quaker was not looking where she was going and took a nasty fall the day beforehand which meant a period of recuperation during this musical and fun-filled event which had opportunities for interaction and reflection, where folk were invited to vote on military budgets. The efforts to raise awareness in the French public, of the enormous economy generated by an industry whose end product is death, was well received. Many people in France are completely unaware of the size of their military budget each year.

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Guest post by Elidh Robb: The anti-fracking movement is not just about fracking

Thank you Elidh, much appreciated!

DRILL OR DROP?

180628 Block around the clock8 RCTP Block Around the Clock outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 28/6/2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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Elidh Robb, communications coordinator of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, describes in this guest post how she discovered that defence of democracy is at the heart of the anti-fracking campaign.

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No Faith in Fracking week in April

In February we formed a small group to plan for a week of activities based around faith and spirituality as part of the three months of #UnitedResistance at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.

It has been an amazing experience of everyone contributing their skills in whatever way suited them and inviting many different groups to come and participate. We put together a programme for the week on the newly formed website http://www.nofaithinfracking.org and I camped for the week at Maple Farm, a mile away from the site entrance. The weather was challenging at times with quite a chilly wind and rain from time to time. We managed to maintain a presence at the gates  for most of Cuadrilla’s working week. Throughout it all there was a spirit of solidarity in spite of the police performing their tasks of moving people out of the way for any vehicle movements in and out of the site.

Creativity, love and peace inspired the week and a grounding in love for the earth and environment. Thanks to all who took part and those who supported us from afar. Much appreciated.

Towards a healthy retired life

Lord's prayer astrology

Interesting times!

I am grateful to have time for reflection, research and learning how to live heathily in this corrupted world. Our nature is beautiful and yet our planners want to destroy it for so called progress which is against all that is good for people and planet. I have always innately felt that nature knows best and have gone for organic vegetables as much as possible and also wholefoods and especially macrobiotics when advised by an acupunturist for remedy of sinus and congestion problems. Now I am delving more into using essential oils for body and home to use more DIY natural products rather than commercial chemical concoctions. There are so many things that nature provides for us and we have been taken down a wrong route by the agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industries to name just three. I believe we should only use medicine when it’s an emergency and try to allow and assist our bodies to heal themselves. This requires more discipline about what we put into our bodies in the first place – ‘we are what we eat’ is becoming more and more evident. We are certainly up against it for the whole human race to survive without being destroyed by the toxins in our environment making us ill, which includes the detrimental effects of the electromagnetic fields too. There are many self-help books on these subjects and one I bought years ago was Dr Hulda Clark’s ‘The Cure for all diseases’ and she went into detail on the many parasites within us and what we can do to eliminate them, using energy medicine and herbs. Detoxing seems to be too much hassle, expense and takes too much time when you have a busy life, but isn’t our health important enough? We have to balance our priorities and take responsibility for our own wellbeing and health – you know you’re worth it!

Sellafield Sponsors Cumbria Day -Leaving a Nasty Taste in the Mouth?

Corporate deception at play?

The Evening Mail excitedly tells us  that

“The best Cumbria has to offer will be showcased in Parliament (today) as leading businesses set out their stall. Cumbria Day – now in its third year – is hosted by the county’s six MPs as they put their political differences aside for the good of the area. A total of 15 companies and organisations have been invited to the event by their local MP so they can demonstrate the important part their business plays in the economy of Cumbria.  The event is sponsored by Sellafield Ltd and Taste Cumbria.

So at the same time as Sellafield has public money to spend in sponsoring Cumbria Day, the Sellafield Firefighters are out on strike over an ongoing pay row.

Sellafield has already tainted so much of our land and sea. It also has the awful potential to radioactively poison our agriculture and…

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Cuadrilla’s site at Preston New Road – December 2017

The view from the protector’s gate camp opposite, which monitors and logs activities 24/7. There have been many breaches of regulations already and changes to planning to accommodate this industry! Large convoys of trucks have begun again and now they can bring them through the night. If any local residents have accepted bribes from Cuadrilla, they will have no redress in the future. Livestream https://youtu.be/Je9aki9NJf8

Photos: credit Anke Bremer