Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Act to Reduce Carbon Use

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Act to Reduce Carbon Use

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IEUAN Ap-Don is right in seeing fracking as a bad investment (Viewpoints, April 11) - though he doesn't point out that whereas Cuadrilla and their financiers want to take out the profits they probably won't be around to pick up the tab in decades to come if the soil and water become toxic.

Unlike the current misery of Brian Aldridge on radio's The Archers, who faces ruin for environmental sins of his youth, in the case of fracking it will be the taxpayer (us and our children) who has to compensate and pay for the clean-up.

But it's not just fracking that is toxic. Although not visible from our sitting rooms, both oil and coal extraction continue to bring misery to communities and to trap the poorest in poverty exacerbated by chaotic climates.

Because of this, Christian Aid continues its long-term climate campaigning focussing on the role of our banks and the World Bank through its Big Shift Campaigns.

Its sister organisation, Tearfund, likewise is petitioning the World Bank to 'Light up the Darkness' by investing "in local, clean and renewable energy, shifting the balance of their funding away from supporting fossil fuels" and thereby freeing poor people from energy bills and waiting years for mains electricity to get to them. …

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