Caroline Lucas MP of the Green party was arrested on Monday, along with her son, at an anti-fracking protest in West Sussex, where energy firm Cuadrilla is drilling for oil. The police served a Public Order Act notice, and arrested about 30 people, after protesters blocked the B2036 between Balcombe and Cuckfield. Cuadrilla has suspended operations in Balcombe after activists set up a six-day camp near the site.
Of her involvement, Lucas said, “When the democratic deficit is so enormous, people are left with very little option but to take peaceful, non-violent direct action”.
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Lucas co-authored Green Alternative to Globalisation with Michael Woodin, which is available now from the Pluto website for only £13. Click on the cover image below to buy it.
“Essential reading for anyone wanting to move beyond critiques of economic globalisation to coherent and credible alternatives….Woodin and Lucas distinguish themselves as two of the very few British politicians able and willing not only to imagine a different world, but to set out practical steps to reach it.”
Dame Anita Roddick DBE
“We stand at a crucial point in history. One future leads to spiraling inequality, insecurity and environmental decline – another road heads toward sustainability. Most of our elected representatives know only one way ahead – the way of corporate globalisation. So here is the exception, not more anti-globalisation or pro-globalisation, but a genuine alternative that promotes policies for people and the planet. If more politicians thought like this, we would live in a far better world.”
Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (UK)