Anti-fracking activists protest against Eastbourne bank

Protest outside Barclays in Eastbourne SUS-151013-180421001
Protest outside Barclays in Eastbourne SUS-151013-180421001
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A group of climate activists held a protest against fracking outside a branch of Barclays Bank in Eastbourne on Saturday (October 10).

Activists from Eastbourne and District Friends of the Earth invited members of the public in Terminus Road to sign a petition asking the bank to stop funding exploratory shale gas drilling in the UK.

A passerby signs the Friends of the Earth petition in Eastbourne SUS-151013-180432001

A passerby signs the Friends of the Earth petition in Eastbourne SUS-151013-180432001

The group held its protest as the bank owns 97 per cent of Third Energy, a company linked to fracking in North Yorkshire.

The protest came as part of a wave of protests outside branches of Barclays organised by Friends of the Earth groups across the UK to recognise Climate Day of Action.

A spokesman for the group said, “The protest, and the petition, was well received by the public and is indicative of a greater general awareness of what fracking is and what the risks are for the environment and for public health.

“There is the risk of extra carbon emissions from fracking contributing to a worsening of climate change.”

At the end of the protest the group personally delivered letters from Eastbourne residents asking the bank to cut its fracking ties.

“This protest marks the beginning of a period of intense activity by climate campaigners globally, and many activists from Eastbourne and District Friends of the Earth, and other local community groups, will be on the People’s Climate March in London on November 29,” added the spokesman.

“They will also be in Paris on the final weekend of the crucial UN climate talks on December 12 and 13.

“The main message on both occasions will be that all politicians and government leaders should take urgent action to mitigate climate change, primarily by keeping most of our fossil fuel reserves in the ground rather than extracting and burning them.”

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