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Don’t frack with us: meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire10h Don’t frack with us: meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire
After almost 1,000 days camping out in a field near Blackpool and obstructing fracking operations, the ‘Nanas’ have seen off energy company Cuadrilla. James Cartwright meets the fearless female activists behind the yellow pinnies While the world applauds the child protesters taking to the streets, fewer eyes are on their mums and grandmothers, whose activism is altogether quieter. In August 2014, gangs of older women in yellow tabards and headscarves started to become a common sight on Preston New Road in Lancashire. They call themselves the “Nanas”, though not all are grandmas. They took the name as a nod to trust, family and tea, leaning into stereotypes of northern matriarchy. Their first project was to capture a field under planning application by Cuadrilla, a UK fossil fuels company seeking exploratory drilling rights for shale gas. They hopped over the fence, set up tents and claimed squatters’ rights, staying for three weeks. By the time they left, the Nanas had earned the support of 14,000 local residents and appointments at Manchester’s High Court, and their action, along with that of other campaigners, led to Lancashire County Council rejecting Cuadrilla’s fracking application, a decision later
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Climate protests have roots that go deep into the rich history of British social change | Lucy Robinson15h Climate protests have roots that go deep into the rich history of British social change | Lucy Robinson
Extinction Rebellion draws on a radical lineage that brings together a range of beliefs and agesThe criticisms of Extinction Rebellion fit a well established pattern: indulgent, middle-class crusties slumming it; naughty children revolting for their own entertainment. Then there are the takes on its tactics – too disruptive, too naive or too disrespectful and miles away from the actual concerns of “real people”. Extinction Rebellion will be assessed and evaluated against criteria its activists did not ask for. Its tactics will be compared and contrasted one against the other, with different strands of the movement categorised accordingly. Good tactics will be those that are lawful, unobtrusive and polite and don’t really get in the way of other people’s daily lives. Whereas lobbying for reform, politely asking politicians to change their priorities, will be judged respectable, but pointless.
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Parliamentarians deserve our wrath for 30 years of inaction, not climate protesters | Greg Jericho26h Parliamentarians deserve our wrath for 30 years of inaction, not climate protesters | Greg Jericho
Supposedly progressive leaders like Annastacia Palaszczuk make you wonder if Gen X is worse on climate than baby boomers
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Photos of new Google Pixel laptop leak, reveal unique rubber design and high-powered screen27h Updated Photos of new Google Pixel laptop leak, reveal unique rubber design and high-powered screen
A new leak shows Google getting into the 4K laptiop market with the Pixel Go, a 13.3-inch device that will feature a distinctive rubber grip case and Google's 'Molecular Display' technology.
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Fresco found in Pompeii depicts bloody gladiator battle that is said to have hung in a tavern33h Updated Fresco found in Pompeii depicts bloody gladiator battle that is said to have hung in a tavern
A well-preserved fresco depicting a gladiator standing victorious against his bloody opponent has been discovered in what is believed to be a tavern connected to a brothel in ancient Pompeii.
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Extinction Rebellion arrests near 1,300 after Billingsgate protest34h Extinction Rebellion arrests near 1,300 after Billingsgate protest
Activists say 28 people were arrested after trying to block access to London fish market Police have announced they have made almost 1,300 arrests of Extinction Rebellion protesters since Monday, as activists hope the weekend will swell their numbers for a march through central London. Animal rights activists affiliated with Extinction Rebellion claimed 28 of their supporters were arrested on Saturday morning while attempting to block access to Billingsgate fish market in east London.
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Can Mayors Save the World From Climate Change?36h Can Mayors Save the World From Climate Change?
Australia’s northern coast is a case study on the impacts of a warming planet. Small-town leaders there are struggling with constituents who doubt reality.
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I used to stockpile for the nuclear apocalypse. Where did my youthful terror go? | Grace Dent37h I used to stockpile for the nuclear apocalypse. Where did my youthful terror go? | Grace Dent
When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, my genre of middle-aged gloomy stoicism is no use at all As Extinction Rebellion flooded Whitehall with rivers of
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