YOUR double-page spread in the County Gazette highlights the risks inherent in fracking and is a reminder that this government’s commitment to local decision-making is not to be trusted (interestingly they adopt the opposite approach with wind turbines).

The recent report from the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) provides overwhelming scientific evidence that we must urgently reduce our carbon emissions to prevent global warming exceeding 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

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Failure to do so will significantly worsen the risks of floods, drought, extreme heat and poverty as well as the likely extinction of many species.

We already see serious consequences from global warming especially in less developed countries.

Tackling this issue is far more important for the future of our precious earth than Brexit.

Giving priority to fracking over renewable energy negates any steps the government are taking to reduce carbon emissions.

The impact on the world will be felt by our children and grandchildren.

What is our message to them?


Norton Fitzwarren