The Paris Agreement is clear. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Many folk in Dorset are stepping up to this challenge, and asking that Dorset divests from fossil fuels – that we dispose of our assets invested in it and that we refuse oil and gas companies permission to drill for it.
In December 2015, just after the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, the latest round of UK onshore oil and gas licences were issued. This seemed odd to a lot of folk. Why should we be looking for new oil and gas when globally we’d just agreed we need to keep it in the ground?
Add to that the fact the licences now allow for fracking and unconventional gas and oil, and a lot of people are understandably concerned. Huge chunks of Dorset, more than ever before, are now licensed for all types of oil and gas.
New groups are forming alongside existing ones to stand up to a Government energy policy that appears to make no sense with regard to climate change. Many groups are anti-fracking – this is undeniably the most obvious and threatening form of Fracking is the most alarming threat.an obvious target – and we’ve yet to see what areas of Dorset will be subject to fracking.
We’re adding resources to the site to get us all up to speed with the local situation, and there will be regular updates to the news and events sections.
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