|Green bloc at United against Fracking rally|
Speech at United Against Fracking rally Saturday 12th November 2016
Hello people and welcome to Manchester.
My name is Deyika Nzeribe, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Thanks - to everyone who has come to speak loud and clear against fracking. Thanks to the amazing organisers who have pulled together this event, they're brilliant.
Thanks also to the media who are going to report the enormity of what’s at stake here. And thanks in advance that they are going to give the fracking industry the robust scrutiny it deserves.
There are many great speakers here today, I’m just going to concentrate on a few points.
To be topical, there has been a lot happening in America.
|United Against Fracking rally|
We also need ensure that the democratic voice of the people in Lancashire is respected.
We also need to remember that YOU are part of the long line of activists from all around the world, protecting Earth, air and the water against degradation. Barton Moss, Balcombe, Roseacre Wood, the South Africa Wild Coast, the XL pipeline, North Dakota.
These Green issues are everyone’s issues.
You might not be aware of it but you are in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, historical birthplace of the industrial revolution.
The Green Party vision, my vision, for a northern powerhouse - is one powered by clean, green, renewable energy, produced here in the north and which creates more jobs per pound invested than shale gas ever can; clean energy powered by its people, its wind, waves and sun. Well daylight if not sun!
And to close, we absolutely we need to remember WHY we are for these things and against fracking.
The environment. Our environment.
You can’t be against fracking AND for building on Green Belt.
You can’t be against fracking AND for expanding the airport.
You can’t be for and against the planet.
We know whats coming, the facts are there and the science doesn’t negotiate.
So we respect the facts.
We fight the fossil fuel industry.
And we build a green future.
Because our lives depend on it.
A report of the event is printed in the Salford Star.
The Green Mayor fundraising event is on November 19th.