More than 400 opponents of fracking took part in a rally in Sheffield city centre today, according to organisers.
They said the Global Frackdown Carnival, at Barkers Pool outside Sheffield City Hall, aimed to show “the scale and strength of the opposition to shale gas”.
Groups came together from across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
The speakers included the Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, Louise Haigh. She said:
“There is no way we can make it safe.
“We’re not just saying ‘not in our back yard’. We’re saying we don’t want it anywhere in the UK.
“As a Labour MP, I am absolutely clear, the next Labour government will ban fracking outright in this country.”
Ross Monaghan, the event organiser, said:
“With the threat of fracking so close, and our rights to protest being curtailed by injunctions, it’s a crucial time to come together and oppose this toxic industry. 95% of South Yorkshire is licensed for fracking, as is much of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and we are determined to work together to stop it”.
Local campaigner, Jenny Gerrans, said:
“My daughter is 3 years old, and I want her to live in a place where there is clean drinking water, beautiful countryside and healthy ecosystems. I believe fracking threatens all of those things, and that together, we can stop it from happening here in the UK.”
The carnival part of the afternoon included speeches from local campaigners, music, street performance and anti-fracking songs. This was followed by free workshops and a fundraiser with local bands, which collected £1,732.