Our government wants to impose fracking on this country. When you look into it, it is the most crazy thing. It’s bad for the economy and is certainly bad for the planet. Everybody knows that fossil fuel is the greatest contribution to global warming and pollution. We want governments throughout the world to start addressing climate change in a way that’s going to stop it, instead of just dabbling and pretending, doing bits and pieces while at the same time promoting fossil fuel.
“If I want to fight for the Arctic and fight for the rainforest and I don’t fight against fracking, then I’ve already lost.”
My latest visit to Lancashire was also about freedom to protest. We have seen here that if you are going to protest about government misrule of law like we have seen with fracking, then you are going to be put in prison. We have the Lancashire Nanas and the aunties protesting against fracking, the government is just anti: anti-people, anti-world and anti-lives. If we do not act now to cut greenhouse gases we are in danger of mass extinction, probably within a generation. Fracking is a part of that. Fracking is about powering the pockets of the people behind it. It is so heavily subsidised, it is just there for the investors.
The fight starts here
Everything’s connected to fracking. If I want to fight for the Arctic and fight for the rainforest and I don’t fight against fracking, then I’ve already lost. The point with fracking is that it’s happening near to me and it’s possible to win this fight; we have to win this fight.
I think this is the most important problem the British people will ever have to face, because we still hope that we’ve got a chance to stop runaway climate change. If we don’t fight this we’re one step closer to climate change and we’re still left with all the harder battles to win.
People need to inform themselves. You can do that on your own to some extent, but it’s better to do it with someone else. We need people to pull together and work together against this, and you’ve got to start somewhere.
“We’ve been trained to be consumers for so long and we have to rebel against that. Otherwise you’re just living a kind of virtual experience.”
We must do what we can to raise public protest. I’m putting my hopes in trying to get young people to know how they can protest, how they can get a life, how they can change things. Young people are really idealistic, so it’s my hope that we can get them against fracking. They should be as climate change is getting nearer and nearer to the danger point.
Everything you do to try and engage with the world we live in is important. To me, true culture is about people understanding what human beings are capable of doing, how wonderful they are, the great things we’ve done in the past, how we could become even more perfect if we had the right reasons and values. We’ve been trained to be consumers for so long and we have to rebel against that. Otherwise you’re just living a kind of virtual experience. You’re not yourself, you’re not who you could be, you’re just a cipher in the whole thing.
Dame Vivienne Westwood is one of the UK’s most individual and influential designers, playing a key role in shaping British fashion since she started designing in 1971. She is also a active campaigner for social and environmental causes, including being a being a trustee of human rights charity Liberty and an ambassador for Greenpeace. Vivienne launched the ‘Climate Revolution’ to rally charities, NGOs and individuals to join forces and fight the battle against climate change together. In 2014 she launched ‘We Need to Talk about Fracking’; a campaign and tour intended to raise awareness of government plans to introduce fracking and kickstart a wider debate around the issue.
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