Protestors from Don’t Frack with Sussex joined more than 60,000 people on Sunday (November 29) at the London climate march.
The Hastings-based group demonstrated alongside celebrities such as Vivian Westwood, Charlotte Church and Radiohead singer Thom York.
Dressed as opticians in lab coats and giant glasses and holding placards with slogans, ‘It’s time to focus on renewables’ and ‘Don’t turn a blind eye to climate change’, the group marched joined other Hastings residents from groups such as Transition Town Hastings and Hastings and Rye Green Party.
They protested outside 10 Downing Street, calling for positive action to tackle climate change at the crunch Paris climate talks, which started yesterday (Monday, November 30).
Don’t Frack with Sussex met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a walkabout, who praised the group’s campaigning.
Group activist and artist, Beccy McCray said: “Why replace coal power stations with gas-powered ones? Amber’s argument about energy security and problems with storage is blind to the possibilities. Subsidise clean, green energy like Ireland which, in 2016, is building a high-tech renewable storage facility and you have sustainable energy for future generations. We’ll be watching Amber throughout the Paris talks.”
Ad executive and fellow Don’t Frack with Sussex activist, Mike Laloe, said: “Since she has come in she’s taken the hatchet to renewable energy and her Chancellor has cut her department’s budget by 22 per cent. If they see that as a way to tackle climate change then they both need a new pair of glasses.”
Don’t Frack with Sussex’s action follows its Frack Off banner at the Long Man of Wilmington and the group’s gatecrashing of the Hastings and Rye MP’s surgery dressed as tea-ladies with giant cakes bearing the slogans, ‘Stop backing Fracking’ and ‘Start Being Green’.
The group also delivered a petition, signed by more than 1,060 people, demanding the energy and climate change secretary halts plans to frack in the UK and starts supporting renewable energy.
Several fracking companies are seeking planning permission for sites in Sussex. They include two sites – Wisborough Green and Linchmere West – which are near to the border of the South Downs National Park.
Ms Rudd said: “Gas is going to be an important part of the transition to a secure, low carbon energy system. It is right that we explore British sources safely as we have over the past 30 years.”
She added there nedded to be a ‘balance of energy’ in order to keep costs down for the public.
“That is why we are doubling spending on renewable energy over the next five years and supporting a new fleet of nuclear power stations. This will help us build a new energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century,” she added.
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