MP upsets charity, give fracking a chance, well done young climate change strikers

Young demonstrators hold placards as they attend a climate change protest
Young demonstrators hold placards as they attend a climate change protest

Readers’ letters, March 5

Cloud cast over local charities

As a fairly new charity in Morecambe, we have sought out working partnerships throughout the area with other charities to ensure that we put an end to period poverty in the area.

We also educate our local residents about good period health and what to do if periods are interfering with day to day life.

Since starting up the charity we have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and amazing work that is taking place within our community.

For David Morris to cast a dark cloud (Visitor, February 19, Parliament speech) over any of these organisations is a disgrace.

If it wasn’t for the good work our local charities carry out, there would be so many more local people in absolute poverty.

If there were any concerns over any organisation it should have been kept behind closed doors until a proper investigation has been carried out. Casting this cloud over our local charities is not the behaviour of a supportive and grateful MP of which he should be.

I hope David will somehow rectify this situation with either retracting his comments or being clearer as to where his concerns lie.

Clair Scrimshaw, Free Period UK, Morecambe

Fracking can work

It is fascinating to study the history of humankind and the history of technology. Clearly they have developed alongside one another.

The one factor which drives almost all technologies but can also disable them is fear. It was fear from starving which produced agriculture and fear of weather produced buildings. It is fear of dreadful pollution which today affects the development of modern technologies eg nuclear power or GM based horticulture.

I am unsure what the vociferous fracking protesters do fear. Some years ago I was privileged to visit an industrial site in Rugely, Staffordshire.

Here there was a whole underground industry; a lime quarry, a coal mine and a power plant to convert the limestone into array of products like cement and breeze blocks.

On the surface there was virtually no sign of what went on underneath apart from a spout from which came the products, almost like magic.

At the time I thought to myself that this was quite brilliant and demonstrates clearly that pollution only becomes pollution when it is in the wrong place. With fracking I can see a plethora of opportunity for underground works. I can imagine a grid for electric vehicles entirely powered by strategically placed frack sites. I can see industry sitting right on top frackers.

The current highly controversial fracking sites are having to work under very narrow stricture, which is good. What is not good is if we destroy a potentially useful technology before it has even begun.

The only sensible way to do the required research is to allow a limited number of such sites across a range of circumstances to test the true cost/benefit of this new technology. The current sites were only meant for research.

Dr Peter Jewell. Clarence St, Morecambe

Well done for climate protest

As a lifelong supporter of animal welfare causes, I am delighted to learn that the school kids have made a stand against climate change.

I have also been impressed by their awareness of the issues and eloquent understanding (more commonsense than smart-aleck experts in some cases).

I totally agree that politicians have failed the younger generation absolutely in this matter, and the future of the planet is certainly more important than any single esoteric school lesson (or indeed political party).

I trust the students will not be penalised in any way, and their future careers and aspirations are not adversely affected by this commendable gesture of protest.

P Mitchell, Morecambe