Hello! We are the UKYCC UK Gas Campaign Working Group and we have been working hard to mythbust the idea that gas is a cleaner and greener transition fuel!
We campaign on the UK’s dash for gas on a national and international level, supporting and learning from international allies, campaigning for effective leadership on climate change by the UK government, revealing the international pipeline infrastructures connected to gas, and encouraging young people to have a say in the decisions which will affect our future.
Our 2018 nationwide campaign aims to let the UK Government know that there is NO ROOM FOR GAS! You can follow our progress on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and at the hashtag #CleanGasKissMyAss!
So what have we been up to since the launch?
January kick started our campaign, and we released some eye catching graphics and sent out some blogs to introduce the reality of dirty gas. We wrote about gas being a diversion not a bridge fuel, and about the dangers of building the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.
In March and April we began to widen our campaign to reach frontline communities in the UK as well as commenting on the international scale of gas infrastructure. We visited Preston New Road in Lancashire – a brilliant example and site of resistance against the fracking industry here in the UK – and have plans to go back during their three months of rolling resistance in the summer. We wrote about the history of fracking, linking this to the huge campaign effort who are part of this important fight. At the international level we awarded the EU a special prize highlighting the billions of pounds that have been pumped into gas infrastructure.
Most recently we took the fight on gas to the United Nations, attending the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Bonn, Germany during May. We held demonstrations on gas, linked up with the global community to #BreakTheFrackingCycle, held workshops on methane measurements and spoke to the UK negotiators! To see more of our work check our twitter page and our blog calling out Greg Clark.
Our latest work has involved a direct call out on the governments latest announcements on fracking, and a visit to Preston New Road (PNR) to join the United Resistance! During our time at PNR, we participated in a variety of interesting workshops, ran our own workshop, and did a social media takeover of Reclaim the Power‘s twitter and facebook feeds! But most importantly, we joined together with a group of amazing activists to show solidarity in the fight against fracking!
UKYCC members had visited Preston New Road in the past, but this time we were joining together to help show a united front! To get a sense of our experiences at PNR, check out our video from our visit in February, and then our latest visit in June:
How can you get involved?
The fracking situation in the UK is at a tipping point, and we really need to throw all the energy we have into helping support this important resistance. It may not be happening in your front yard, but fracking infrastructure sure as hell impacts us all! So, join us on October the 13th for the GLOBAL GASDOWN FRACKDOWN day of action!
To find out more, (announcements to follow) and keep up to date with our work, check out our blogs and follow us on social media… Go on… you know you want to!