Lancashire anti-fracking campaigner, Tina Louise Rothery, told people on Saturday’s Time to Act climate march in London it was time to get mad and roar.
Speaking at a rally opposite the House of Parliament, Ms Rothery said: “I wish I could say we have a dream. But we don’t have dreams; only nightmares.”
We cannot allow fracking to be imposed on our children, she said. “Now is the time to act. Now is the time to get mad and roar. Be the humanity you want to see.”
Ms Rothery said communities threatened with fracking had discovered that “what they imagined to be democracy was nothing of the sort.”
Campaigners in Lancashire, the only place in the UK to see high volume hydraulic fracturing, had spread their knowledge of the technique across their communities, one town hall at a time, she said.
She paid tribute to Paul Mobbs, an environmental activist who was arrested on Thursday outside Downing Street. He was trying to present information which, he said, showed that cabinet members were guilty of misconduct in the way they had promoted fracking. If charged, “that information has to be examined in court”, Ms Rothery said.
The rally also heard from the Green MP, Caroline Lucas. She told the crowd: “You are what success looks like”.
She said politicians didn’t know what to do about climate change. But Frack Free groups were showing that their path was the way forward. “That should give us courage and that should show them [politicians] that they should have courage too”, she said.
“What is lacking is not technology or money. What is lacking is political will”.
Dr Lucas quoted from a speech by Robert Kennedy:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
- Organisers of the Time to Act event estimated more than 20,000 took part in the march.