Scotland has the chance to ban fracking, and you can help. Take action to ban fracking at www.act.stopfracking.scot/ban.
The Scottish Government is currently running a consultation and wants to know your views on fracking.
We’re confident that if enough people respond, the Scottish Government will make the decision to ban fracking in Scotland.
Take action at act.stopfracking.scot/ban.
What is fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, is a risky technique often used to exploit hard-to-get fossil fuels, such as shale gas and coalbed methane. Fracking poses serious risks for the environment, health and the climate. Read more about fracking.
People power can stop fracking
Strong opposition from local communities has already led to a moratorium on fracking, and a ban on underground coal gasification. Read more about how communities are resisting fracking.
Fracking threatens the climate
We already have many more fossil fuels than we can safely burn without causing catastrophic temperature rises. Read about why we can’t afford to frack the climate.
Fracking is bad for our health
Fracking can cause water contamination and air pollution and is linked to serious public health risks. Read about the threat fracking poses to our health.
How can I take action?
Respond to the consultation
You can respond via act.stopfracking.scot/ban. We’ve created a short template response that you can quickly and easily adapt and personalise.
For information about fracking to help you write a consultation response visit www.stopfracking.scot
How can I encourage others to take action?
Get the word out
- Tell your friends, family, colleagues and networks about fracking and encourage them to respond to the consultation online. Remember, it’s quick and easy to respond online, and the more people that voice their concerns about fracking, the more likely the Scottish Government will ban it.
- Organise a street stall, public meeting or film screening in your community to inform and engage people and enable them to respond to the consultation too. For support and resources on how to organise events like this, visit our website.
- Get together with others who are interested, and write your responses together. Bring laptops and snacks along with you to make a fun evening out of it. You can even screen a short movie on fracking beforehand to inspire you to get writing!
- Order consultation postcards from Friends of the Earth Scotland, which we’ve specially designed to enable people to respond simply and easily to the consultation when they’re at events, meetings and on the streets. Have a stash of postcards in your bag whenever you go out. Once they’re filled in, post the postcards back to us (they’re freepost) and we’ll hand them into the Scottish Government.
- Get involved with a group fighting fracking near you. Frack Off have a list of local groups in Scotland including contact details, and there are also Friends of the Earth Scotland local groups – so get in touch.
What else can I do to amplify my impact?
Tell your Councillors, MSPs and MPs how you feel
- Go along to your local community council meeting, tell them how you feel about fracking, and encourage them to reach out for the views of local people. They could put on an event about the issue to help inform the local community.
- Write to your local councillors to tell them how you feel about fracking and ask them to take a stance – with the local council elections coming up in May 2017, they’ll want to know they can count on your vote…
- Make sure your MSPs and MPs also know how you feel by phoning, writing to them or dropping into a surgery. Remember – it’s their job to represent you, and listen to the concerns you have. You probably know more a lot more about fracking than they do – so don’t be nervous talking to them about your views.
If you’d like any more support or guidance about responding to the consultation, and to order any resources you might need, visit www.stopfracking.scot
Visit our new fracking website that has detailed briefings on all the main issues, including:
- FoES Supporter briefing: Overview of shale gas and coalbed methane
- FoES Supporter briefing: Fracking and the climate crisis
- FoES Supporter briefing: Fracking and public health impacts
- FoES Supporter briefing: What’s going on with this fracking moratorium and how can I get involved?
- FoES Supporter briefing: Can Scotland ban fracking?
- FoES Supporter briefing: Where does each party stand on fracking?
- Scottish Environment LINK briefing: Transport impacts of onshore oil and gas
- Scottish Environment LINK briefing: Economic impacts, seismic activity and decomisisoning of onshore oil and gas
- Find out more about the Scottish Government’s evidence gathering process here.
Please keep me updated about the fracking consultation and how to respond