30 March 2014
OId Palace Yard, Westminster
Bianca Jagger, Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, will join hundreds of mothers and children at a Mothers Against Fracking rally on Mother’s Day (Sunday 30th March) in London.
The event will be held at Old Palace Yard near the House of Lords in Westminster, between noon until 3pm, as a demonstration of opposition from families to fracking in the UK.
In a statement today, Bianca Jagger said: “As a mother, a grandmother and soon to be a great grandmother, I am deeply concerned about the impact fracking will have on our way of life. Our environment, our water sources, the air and the land are precious resources which we must conserve if we are to leave a habitable world to future generations. Prime Minister Cameron, I urge you to stop endorsing this hazardous technology. It will be a betrayal of our children, our grandchildren and great grandchildren.”
Dr Becky Martin, spokesperson for Mothers Against Fracking says “We are grateful to Bianca Jagger for agreeing to speak on the day. The event will be inclusive but the focus will be on a large and very visible group of mothers, from all walks of life, who wish to publicly show concern for the future health of their children should the unconventional gas industry be allowed to go ahead in the UK. We do not believe that the industry can be safely regulated as fracking is an inherently risky process. We will continue to campaign until this threat to the health and well being of our children goes away.”
Frack Free Fylde campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, who co-organised the event, says the group’s message is a simple one: “Our children’s futures do not come with a price tag.” Frackman, who changed his surname by deed poll after his home was damaged by seismic events caused by fracking operations in the Fylde, continued, ‘the potential industrialisation of huge areas of the UK brings with it all the risks to public health, wildlife and the environment that have been documented in other countries where fracking has gone ahead.” Frackman and Martin claim the government’s arguments for extreme energy exploration are discredited. “Shale will not bring down the cost of energy bills,” says Frackman, “nor will it create a jobs boom and it cannot come quick enough to bridge any gap in our energy needs. Why would we compromise our children’s health for false promises?”
Other speakers on the day (from 1pm) will include Vanessa Vine of BIFF (Britain & Ireland Frack Free), Tina Rothery of RAFF (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking), Louise Somerville Williams (Frack Free Somerset), Eve McNamara of REAF (Ribble Estuary Against Fracking), Julie Wassmer (East Kent Against Fracking) and Tammy Samede from the Barton Moss Camp in Salford where a protest has continued for over 3 months against exploratory drilling by I-Gas.
On Monday 31st March at 3pm, Mothers Against Fracking will form the 17th group to hand deliver a letter of protest to David Cameron at 10 Downing Street as part of the Walk the Walk campaign which began in November last year. There are currently over 70 anti-fracking campaign groups in the UK.