Welcome to the latest installment in my series of posts about my experiences at Marxism 2015, the five day political festival in central London organised by the Socialist Workers Party. Check out the previous posts in the series. As well as the post itself I have some important links to share – and on the subject of sharing I hope you will be inspired to share this post!
The journey in had two variations on previous days – firstly my host was able to give me a lift to Walthamstow Central, saving some money on the Oyster Card, and secondly I decided to change to the Piccadilly line at Finsbury Park because Russell Square is actually the closest station to the Institute of Education. My dislike of lifts reduced the theoretical benefits of saving distance because the only other method of access to street level is via the stairs, of which there are 175.
AT THE EVENT
Here is my program of meetings for the day…
You might not expect a theoretical meeting first thing on a Sunday morning to be lively, but it was. However I will settle for sharing a few photographs…
From this meeting I ascended two floors to Nunn Hall for my next meeting, Amy Leather (organiser of the whole event) on fracking. Here are some lowlights associated with fracking…
- Uses vast quantities of water – millions of gallons per site
- 2 – 2,500 lorry trips per well required
- Tap water near fracking sites so polluted that folk can set fire to it
- and 15 million Americans live within one mile of a fracking site – and it would be worse in this country because we are more densely populated.
- We are still talking FOSSIL FUELS – every part of the process increases emissions
- Process leaks methane – which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than methane
Instead of supporting this means of generating power we should be looking more deeply in renewables (for which Cameron and his cronies have cut funding while they are pushing fracking like billy-ho).
I will end this section with a few more photos…
Each of these petitions comes with two links, the petition itself and a related article. First up, a petition calling on SeaWorld to release Tillikum the orca:
2)An open letter to Harry Styles of One Direction, who recently urged his fans not to go to SeaWorld.
The second petition I am sharing with this post is the one calling on Theresa May to establish a legal exclusionary zone around abortion clinics:
2)A related article in the Guardian