Date(s) - Sat 16 January
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Upton Community Protection Camp
This January the fossil fuel front line will be at Upton, the country’s longest standing community protection camp, which could be evicted to make way for test drilling at any time now.
Upton’s solidarity Saturday is a chance to come together from across the country and let the industry know what it can expect with its latest round of fracking licenses. A chance to reclaim the power of our communities in the face of a government prepared to override democracy in Lancashire. To draw the line against an elite who pay lip service to the Paris Climate Agreement while trashing subsidies for renewables, guaranteeing them for nuclear and making ‘closing coal’ conditional on replacing it with gas.
It’s also kicking off Groundswell, a year of action for Climate Justice. Have a look at http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/ for more information.
What will the day look like?
If the camp is still standing strong we want everyone to get a chance to understand the site and let those that have been fighting this for so long know that they won’t be alone when the eviction comes. So we’ll be starting at noon with a circular walk to the village of Upton and back, a gentle hour long carnival with giant puppets and facepaint. Come in your finest anti fracking inspired regalia – anything red is particularly welcome, to symbolise the red lines we mustn’t cross if we want to stop run away climate change.
Back at camp we’ll be met by amazing hot vegan food from legendary catering company Veggies, before half an hour of speeches updating us on the latest news from the camp, and the rest of the country. The incredible Tina Louise of the Lancashire Nanas, fresh back from Paris and the battles of Blackpool will be giving us a heads up on the national and international context, followed by the inspiring Upton locals telling their story. There’ll then be a tour of the site to introduce people to its defenses and a chance to try out basic tree climbing and lock on building, as well as music and entertainments for kids.
If the drill is in place, there’ll be opportunities to get in the way of business as usual, and we’ll be updating this event space with suggestions on where to park, depending on how the area is managed.
This will be a family friendly event where people can get involved at whatever level they feel comfortable. We’ll be doing our best to provide shelter and plenty of activities, but please be aware that parts of the site are very muddy and warm clothes and wet weather gear are recommended.
The plan is to gather on site from 11.30 and wrap things up around dusk, but those living on the camp would love people to stay overnight if they are able. More sheltered sleeping spots are limited, so do come prepared with camping gear if you hope to stay.
Let’s get together and show them what action on fossil fuels really looks like.