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Protect Sherwood Forest

People of Edwinstowe: Sherwood Forest needs you!
Tues 27 February — Sat 3 March 2018

Fracking firm INEOS wants to hunt for shale gas in Sherwood Forest – and its fracking plans threaten a swathe of central England. But INEOS’ invasion has awoken a sleeping legend – the legend of Robin Hood. Now he and his merry band of outlaws are riding out from Sherwood Forest to do battle with the fracking industry. Join Robin this Spring to say: no fracking in my ‘hood!

Friends of the Earth and local community group Frack Free Sherwood & Edwinstowe are organising a series of free lantern making workshops, fun family-friendly street theatre performances and a grand dress-up lantern parade.

Search ‘Robin Hood vs Fracking in Sherwood & Edwinstowe’ for more details.
Contact robinhoodvsfracking@gmail.com and fracking@foe.co.uk.

Free Lantern
Making Workshops:
Street Theatre:
Street Theatre, Facepainting,
Music and Games
Lantern Parade:
All ages, under 10s must be accompanied, materials provided. Limited spaces. Booking recommended on eventbrite.co.uk search for ‘Robin Hood Vs Fracking in Edwinstowe’. Private groups sessions available.

In partnership with:
Frack Free Sherwood
and Edwinstowe

Tues 27 February
Outside The Cave
10:00 18:00 19:00 20:00
South Forest Leisure Centre
18:00 19:00 20:00

Sat 3 March
Edwinstowe High Street
various times.

Sat 3 March
Edwinstowe High Street to the Major Oak. Optional Dress-up: Robin Hood costume, accessories or forest green.
Departs 18:00

Weds 28 February
Outside The Cave
10:00 18:00 19:00 20:00
South Forest Leisure Centre
18:00 19:00 20:00

Thurs 1 March
Outside The Cave
10:00 18:00 19:00 20:00
South Forest Leisure Centre
18:00 19:00 20:00

Fri 2 March
Outside The Cave
10:00 18:00 19:00 20:00
South Forest Leisure Centre
18:00 19:00 20:00

Sat 3 March
Outside The Cave
10:00 11:00

Sign the petition here – https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/act/save-sherwood-forest-fracking 

Words for Protest

Everything we do is an expression of ourselves, and by extension, our spirituality. As I’ve commented before, being a Druid in times of ease and calm is not challenging. When we’re angry, frustrated or otherwise struggling, holding true to values and speaking in ways that express those values, is harder work, and critically important. It is not always ok to be peaceable and inoffensive in response to the words and deeds of others. Sometimes we must speak out, but we can do that without compromising ourselves.

I was inspired to write this by a response on facebook to yesterday’s blog, in which I was roundly insulted by someone who felt I was compromising the image of Druidry as peaceful and compassionate. It is no good using aggressive language to try and support an image of peaceful compassion. I am proud to say that I did not respond in kind, although I did take the piss out of a few people who commented here, because I really felt they needed it. For me, satire and mockery are reasonable responses to people behaving in ways I find problematic. There’s a very fine line to tread there, however.

I care about peace. I believe that means we must speak and write carefully in times of anger and conflict. What good is our Druidry to us, or anyone else if we flail and rant at the least sign of difficulty? But at the same time, we absolutely must not work in ways that escalate conflict, cause unnecessary pain, and worsen the problem nor should we act in ways that betray our own principles.

It pays to stop and draw breath. Just taking a moment to centre before responding can make all the difference between lashing out in anger, and saying something reasonable. The angry response tends to beget more anger, it does not create solutions. People feel justified in doing as they have been done by. Usually, there’s more mileage to be got from a calm response than a shouty one. Plus, in staying calm you stand a chance of keeping the moral high ground. In terms of how you represent Druidry or Paganism to others, this is hugely important.

If you find yourself obliged to criticise, then go for the action, not the person. There is a whole world of difference between describing an action as stupid, and calling a person stupid. A stupid action is fair game for naming as such, but it does not mean you should denigrate the person. On the whole, less emotive language works better. Sure, by hurling insults you can upset and anger the target, but that will likely entrench them in their position and make them resent you. Start down a line that goes ‘I disagree with this because…” and there’s a chance they will listen. They might even grasp what you mean and respond to it in a productive way.

Be clear and be specific. Pinpointing the exact problem and speaking against it is far more powerful than random flailing. Comment on the exact words or action you have a problem with. For example, I am irate about the hypocrisy of a person who speaks of peace and compassion in one breath and hurls totally un-pc terms of abuse in the next. I am offended and disgusted by the specific language use, please note, I am not expressing a value judgement on the person who made it. I don’t need to – their words speak for them and it is enough to highlight the offence. Where possible it’s preferable to tackle a person head on, and privately, but that isn’t always an option – in the incident that inspired me, the criticism was public and not direct, which makes this all the trickier. But, this has been an inspiring experience. I was angry, but I’ve been provoked into thinking, and for that I am, actually, grateful.

Mockery and satire are good ways of highlighting poor behaviour, of challenging hypocrisy, flagging up lies and other such failings. These are tools to handle with care, and to use when needed. They are not weapons to use against innocent bystanders or people with less power than you. And again, it is the wrong-action and wrong-speech that should primarily be assaulted with comedy, not the human being who has erred. There is no honour in taking someone apart.

Eco Vandals

This is a press release from http://www.stophinkley.org who are fighting against proposed environmental vandalism on a scale that I find it unbearable to think about for long. Please take a moment to read, and put out http://www.stophinkley.org through your social network. Protest any way you can.

French energy company EDF is “jumping the gun” by applying to destroy over 400 acres of Somerset countryside – even before it has permission to build on the site – according to the local campaign group Stop Hinkley.

EDF has just submitted an application to West Somerset Council for what it describes as “preliminary works” in advance of constructing Britain’s largest nuclear power station. In fact this involves completely razing the site near Hinkley Point, filling in a beautiful valley and even starting excavation of the power station foundations.

All this would be done before a formal proposal to build the plant itself has been delivered to the Infrastructure Planning Commission, which could then reject it.

The company has already evicted all badgers from the site by blocking off their setts, an action approved prematurely by Natural England, the wildlife conservation body.

“EDF have already shown that they have precious little regard for the countryside,” says Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey. “Now they are about to treat it with contempt by trashing over 400 acres of woodland, cornfields and coastline. This is jumping the gun on a massive scale.”

The “preliminary works” proposed by the multinational power company – on 430 acres of land stretching from the Severn Estuary to the village of Shurton – involve:

• Removal of the majority of trees and hedges
• Filling in a valley with excavated earth
• Closure of existing footpaths and bridlepaths, including the coast path
• Security fencing round the whole area
• Stripping topsoil and vegetation to make a terraced area for the proposed nuclear reactors
• New roads built across the site
• Underground streams re-routed
• The excavation of more than 3.2 million cubic metres of soil, sub-soil and rocks. This is more than was dug out to prepare the site for the 2012 London Olympic Games
• Noise from up to 12,000 vehicle movements per month
• Construction of new sea wall along the coast
• Construction of a jetty out into the sea

The company says it will restore the site to its original state if it fails to gain permission for the Hinkley C power station. “This would be impossible,” says Crispin Aubrey. “You can’t recreate a landscape that has taken generations to mature.”

Stop Hinkley is urging all those opposed to EDF’s actions to register their objection with West Somerset Council, which is planning to conduct a consultation process.


Notes to editors:

1. The coastline bordering the Hinkley C site is part of the Bridgwater Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Bridgwater Bay’s shallow waters and mudflats are a sanctuary for thousands of waders, ducks and other sea birds, especially in winter.

2. The 435 acre site is also bordered by Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and a National Nature Reserve. Bridgwater Bay is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

3. Bird species found on land in the area include skylark, lesser whitethroat, Cetti’s warbler and nightingale.