Action in Settle and York during Big Green Week

More than 100 people turned up to a ‘let’s talk rubbish’ day held at St John’s Methodist Church in Settle on Saturday 24 September. The successful event was organised by the church’s own eco-group and featured a variety of stalls including one by ACE and speakers on the subject of rubbish, recycling and composting. The new Jubilee eco garden at the back of the church prepared by pupils from Settle Primary School was also unveiled. You can read a full report at:

Over in York members of the campaign group Fossil Free North Yorkshire (pictured) took to the streets of York on Tuesday 27 September as part of the Big Green Week (24 September – 2 October) to leaflet residents and visitors about the recent lifting of the moratorium on fracking by the government .

They collected over a hundred signatures in under three hours as part of their initiative to petition North Yorkshire Council to maintain its opposition to fracking.

Spokesperson for the group Yorkshire GP Dr Margaret Jackson said:  “We’re pleased that North Yorkshire Council has been opposed to fracking and we would want this to continue. North Yorkshire Council has made considerable progress in divesting its pension fund from fossil fuel investments and reinvesting in climate friendly alternatives but we would like them to go further still. The climate emergency is with us and will negatively affect us all.”

Members of the group are part of a wider UK divestment campaign to urge local authority pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in climate friendly companies and infrastructure.

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