We were delighted by the support for this event - about 100 participants discussed where we should be setting our sights after an inspiring talk from Prof Gouldson. School staff supported us and a delicious vegan lunch was provided by Ryan, the school chef. These pics were taken by one of the students.
Here's what I said to the NYCC planning committee at Northallerton last Friday:
live in Knaresborough, but I’m speaking to pass on the views of the many people
in Boroughbridge with whom I spoke whilst standing as a Green candidate
for Harrogate Borough Council before the election earlier this month.
The vast majority of those I spoke with are against fracking.
It’s clear that if the precautionary principle were to be adhered to, the risks
are far too high to go ahead, since cleaning up a contaminated underground
water system is impossible when the chemicals used for fracking are
carcinogenic at parts per billion.
say we can trust regulation in the UK is laughable: I attended the Minerals and
Waste Action Plan Joint Health and Transport scrutiny meeting here on January
22nd where elected members questioned the agencies responsible for
regulation of fracking – agencies such as the Environment Agency, the Health
and Safety Executive, and Yorkshire Water. What was completely
clear at that meeting was that the ‘responsible agencies’ were not at all
confident that they could regulate this secretive, dangerous, deep and dirty
industry. Those ‘responsible agencies’ have been severely cut and
do not have the capacity or scope to do the job of regulation – especially when
they would be under immense pressure from a government determined to frack
image that came to my mind was of rabbits in the headlights – each pointing at
the others – passing the buck. So much for much-vaunted
To see the film of this speech go to https://youtu.be/oq664cAL9LI
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.