I was one of the speakers on wednesday at the FOE event in Harrogate at the Friends Meeting House. This activity is unnecessary, unpleasant, unwanted and being unrolled in an underhand way.. the only benficiaries are the fossil fuel companies and their shareholders. They will drill and run away, too oily to be prosecuted for the damage they will do to our land and water....we have to stop it before it starts. The Greens are the only party opposing fracking. Vote Green May 22
....North Yorkshire. Swifts too - but they are virtually impossible to
catch on a still photo as they never land (except to whizz into their nests)
They are the high flyers with longer wing spans and very high pitched
voices. They need untidily roofed houses to nest in which are getting fewer
all the time...
What a great day! I was invited to the reserve as an MEP candidate. I took my Mum along as she is keen on birds, and to try out the disabled access. On both counts the reserve did us proud…..Amongst other species, we saw a marsh harrier, nesting avocets AND a very busy water vole at close quarters! A wheelchair was produced when my Mum couldn't make it in the strong wind to the further hide, and we had a long and fascinating talk with Pete, the RSPB Humber Reserves Sites Manager.
On the way home through Goole, we stopped for lunch at the Waterways Museum – another excellent place to visit. It's all about life on the waterways, has an art gallery on an old barge – and they grow their own veg for the café! Both highly recommended for a family day out.
European cooperation is needed to support fantastic projects like these in the face of industrialised farming, austerity and globalisation.
Candidate for the Greens in Yorkshire and the Humber in Europe in 2014
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.