Leitrim based antifracking group Love Leitrim has been nominated by the public for an environmental award in the North West of Ireland.
The group are in the running within the community initiative section of the new “Save our Planet’ Awards in recognition of the work of their volunteers raising awareness and advocating policy change for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. Now nominated it will be down to a public vote and jury if they gain any of the prestigious awards, and Love Leitrim are asking the North West to get behind them and vote.
The group have been instrumental in raising awareness nationally and internationally with artists working hand in hand with farmers. Their ‘farming not fracking’ and ‘Love Football Hate Fracking” signage and T-shirts have been mainstreamed into the campaign. The farming not fracking symbol designed by reknowned artist Charlie Easterfield for the group, has been adopted as far away as New Mexico.
Love leitrim have actively garnered the support of high profile names to assist the antifracking cause gaining the backing of Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Kila, Eleanor Shanley, and local GAA players as well as players from League of Ireland Champions Sligo Rovers amongst others. Daisy, Love Leitrims’ mascot cow designed by Leitrim Arts Award winner, sculptor Jackie McKenna captures the essence of Love Leitrim as is warm and engaging popular with the public.
The group has organised multiple events including information nights for members of the public, whilst also working in partnership with other campaign groups to host foreign speakers including International Chair of Friends of the Earth NNimmo Bassey, Canadian scientist Jessica Ernst as well as survivors of the Bhopal disaster. Love Leitrim has been active on the ground with information stalls at local festivals, runs and walks. They were active in ensuring that local people could participate in the recent EPA consultation, by holding local information workshops. They also created the popular “Licence not to Frack Ireland” campaign.
They recently organised a Tractor rally which had farming representatives from both sides of the border to show unity in their opposition to the threat of fracking to the agricultural industry.
The group include farmers, teachers, development workers, civil servants, and are all ages.
People can vote to support Love Leitrim: http://www.saveourplanetawards.com/love-leitrim/