Fracking – a controversial subject currently sitting on the lips of the ever-growing politically and environmentally aware society. The global anti-fracking movement has mounted a campaign against the extraction of gas through hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) all across the globe. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry has refrained to appreciate the social and political risks: they have repeatedly been caught off guard by the sophistication, speed and influence of the anti-fracking activits.
So, in simpler words – what is it?
Hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) is a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock. The process involves drilling into the earth, before water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure, allowing the gas to flow out.
Who’s on board?
A ton of celebrities, scientists and respected organizations have helped spread the word, encouraging debate surrounding the issue and further taking the blow of the worldwide phenomenon. This includes well-known names such as Sir Paul McCartney, his daughter Stella, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham Carter, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Greta Scacchi, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Bianca Jagger, Lily Cole, Thom Yorke, Russell Brand, Dame Vivienne Westwood OBE, Michael Mansfield QC, Nobel-winning scientists, the RSPB, Stephen Frears, Jeanette Winterson OBE, Helena Bonham-Carter, Nick Grimshaw, Alan Carr, Matt Lucas, Gavin Turk, Sir Antony Gormley OBE and Tracey Emin CBE RA.
What can we do to help?
We need you to further the talk about fracking!
There have been a variety of conferences that are travelling to multiple cities, free for the public to attend and share their opinions. The tour begun in Glasgow on Monday 9 June, followed by Nottingham, Manchester and Swansea, which is set to conclude in London this following week (16 June) where Jon Snow will chair a special debate. Members of the public wishing to attend can sign up for free tickets now at www.talkfracking.org.
Joe Corre headed up the ‘Talk Fracking’ debate tells us why these discussions are crucial for your input and opinion:
“These discussions present an ideal chance for people to inform themselves of the facts regarding the risks fracking poses in the UK for our environment, our health and our economy. Does the cash for gas, a fossil fuel, represent fossilised thinking? It seems we now have a choice between a destructive solution or a creative one. The government is pressing ahead at speed, without a democratic mandate or social license to allow fracking even under people’s property and farmland without their permission. Will this fracking technology really deliver energy security or a toxic legacy for future generations? We need to talk about it and the time is now.”
Dame Vivienne Westwood also played as speaker as part of the campaign throughout the week. The legendary fashion designer holds the subject close to her heart, with environmental issues such as climate change and global warming being the biggest and most dangerous problems we face. She recognizes that half of the population does not know what fracking is, and stated “we are risking our children’s future by not having this debate”.
Join the debate today, and start #talkfracking!
Tracey (Social Media Intern) x