27/28April MANCHESTER Frack Off Gathering

Frack Off tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Apr 24 01:09:17 BST 2013

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From: Extreme Energy Gathering 
<<mailto:info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk>info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk>
Date: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 4:29 AM
Subject: Extreme Energy Gathering, Next Weekend
To: Extreme Energy Gathering 
<<mailto:info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk>info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk>

Event: Extreme Energy Gathering
Dates: Sat/Sun 27/28th April 2013 (food and crash space available on Fri night)
Location: MERCi, Manchester, UK
<mailto:info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk>info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk

The Extreme Energy Gathering will bring together 
diverse campaigns and communities that are 
resisting extreme energy extraction methods for a 
weekend of networking, strategising and sharing of skills and knowledge.

What is Extreme Energy?

Extreme Energy is the process where energy 
extraction methods grow increasingly more intense 
over time, as easier to extract resources are 
depleted. Driven by unsustainable energy 
consumption, the increased extraction effort is 
resulting in growing destruction of both 
communities and the environment. The local and 
global environmental impacts are growing at a 
frightening rate and are also accessing fossil 
fuels which would previously left in the ground. 
A number of new extraction methods threaten to 
devastate our countryside, while increasing our 
contribution to the global ecological crisis. 
Extreme energy methods include bio-energy, coal 
bed methane (CBM), new nuclear, opencast coal 
mining, shale gas and oil, tar sands and underground coal gasification (UCG).

The Gathering

Empowering and connecting communities to resist 
this destruction is crucial. The gathering aims 
to provide a space to allow diverse campaigns to 
meet, share information and support each other. 
In particular it is intended to help network 
traditional activists and people from threatened 
communities. Priorities for the gathering include 
developing shared narratives, a focus on 
community organising, building stronger networks, 
developing strategies/tactics and sharing skills 
and knowledge. A programme for the weekend will 
be appear on the website shortly.


for a rough outline of the programme for the weekend.

Practical Considerations

The Extreme Energy Gathering is taking place at 
MERCi in Manchester on the weekend of 27/28th 
April 2013. For individuals planning travel 
arrangements, the Gathering will be starting at 
10am on Saturday 27th (with tea and chitchat from 
9:30am) and finishing 4.30pm on Sunday 28th 
April. However crash space and food will be 
available from 6pm on the Friday night (please 
e-mail us if you are planning to arrive on 
Friday). Food will be (breakfast, lunch and 
dinner on Sat and breakfast and lunch on Sun) and 
as well as crash space (a floor to sleep on) on 
Sat night (bring sleeping bags and roll mats). A 
limited number of beds will be available (please 
e-mail us if need a bed). We are aiming to keep 
costs to a minimum, but there will be a suggested 
donation (hopefully less than £20) to cover food, venue hire etc.

Group Travel

In some areas group travel is being organised:
    * A minibus is being organised leaving from 
Brighton on the Friday evening and and returning 
on Sunday evening. A pick up point on the 
outskirts of London may be possible. E-mail 
<mailto:info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk>info at extreme-energy-gathering.org.uk 
if you would like to book a place.
    * Frack Free Somerset are also organising a 
number of car shares from the South West. Email 
<mailto:info at frackfreesomerset.org>info at frackfreesomerset.org to book a place.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you 
know of any other group travel being planned from 
other areas of the country so we can help publicise it.

Help With Travel Cost

We are fortunate to have a limited amount of 
money available to support travel to the 
gathering by those people who might otherwise not 
be able to attend. If you would like to apply please fill in this form:


below and we will get in touch with you shortly. 
All information provided will be treated in strict confidence.


The venue is the Bridge 5 Mill run by MERCi (the 
Manchester Environmental Resource Centre). The 
closest train station is Manchester Piccadilly 
(0.8 miles, 17 min walk). National Express 
coaches stop at the Central Coach Station 
(Chorlton Street – 1.1 miles, 23 min walk) and 
Megabus coaches stop at Shudehill Interchange 
(1.2 miles, 25 min walk). The address is Bridge 5 
Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 
7HR. For full directions for getting to MERCi 
visit: <http://www.merci.org.uk/visiting>www.merci.org.uk/visiting

MERCi is an independent charity which runs a 
number of sustainability projects. The 
organisation also manages Bridge 5 Mill, 
Manchester’s most sustainable conference centre.

Spread The Word

Please let any groups or individuals that you 
think would be interested know about the 
gathering. A pdf of the gathering poster/flyer 
can be found here: 

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