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This conference is free but you do need to register online in advance. The event is from 1pm to 4pm at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. For more information and to register, go to the Green European Foundation's website.
The ‘Arctic 30’ Greenpeace activists recently arrested by the Russian authorities were protesting peacefully against the plans of Russian fossil fuel giant Gazprom and Shell to be the first companies to pump oil from Arctic waters. Their ‘Arctic Sunrise’ ship was boarded by Russian paramilitaries on 19 September; it was in international waters.
The potential impact on the delicate and pristine Arctic environment of oil exploration is worrying to anyone concerned about the environment. The consequences on climate change of yet further exploitation of oil reserves at a time when the world-wide focus should be on investing in low carbon energy sources need to be highlighted.
It is also essential that trade unionists protect and develop democratic space for peaceful protest across the globe.
From Colombia to Iraq to Russia trade unionists know only too well that governments and their security apparatus will seek to restrict freedom of association and free speech to weaken opposition to their activities.
For all these reasons PCS supports the call for the charges against the Arctic 30 to be dropped.
Please sign the Greenpeace petition.
Anti-fracking vote victory
An amendment to the environmental impact assessment directive on unconventional fossil fuels has been won. Over 300 emails were sent in just over a week to members of the European parliament, including a letter from Chris Baugh, PCS assistant general secretary.
51 MEPs in the parliament's environment committee endorsed an amendment to require a mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) for all shale gas drilling, both in the exploration and extraction phase. 18 MEPs voted against.
The European conservative faction tried to delete the requirement to do an EIA in the exploration stage and also eliminate the words "regardless of the amount extracted". But their efforts failed to win support. Socialists, liberals and greens voted as a block in favour of the amendment but the lobbying had most impact on centrist MEPs who might have voted either way.
Whilst this vote does not ban the extraction of shale gas through fracking from Europe, it is a first step towards having the risks involved in shale gas fracking taken seriously.
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