Day 11: Nottingham – Mansfield

Walking through Sherwood forest, north of Notingham, I read the news about the latest threats the British government has been making the European Union over the NI protocol. The failure of Brexit and its aftermath of broken supply chains have left the UK prime minister in a very bad light. Boris Johnson’s fuel shortage woes have led him to again declare an economic war on the EU.

Johnson reminds me of the Sherwood forest character, Friar Tuck, from Robin Hood. This fat, joival monk with a great love of food and ale joined Robin and his rebels in their struggle against injstice.

We had to roll up the flags because the horses were startled

Johnson, however, is on the dark side of the force and isn’t exactly known for giving to the poor.

The mythical Sherwood forest, formerly a haven for outlaws, has reduced in size since the times of the legendary Hood. The unstoppale expansion of British urban areas has taken its toll on the forest. Fuel consumtion for private vehicles and for heating make this energy-depenant urban model totally unstainable.

However, in business as usual there’s no thought for the limits of this city model and no qualms about extracting the increasingly limited reserves of fossil fuels.

A group of activists from Friend of the Earth Mansfield are leading the city’s rebellion against a risky oil extraction project that uses fracking. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth and then directing a high’pressure water mixture into the rock to release the gas inside. It has a terrible impact on the landscape and ecology and generates terrible levels of pollution. Locals are completely opposed to project.

In the Market Place in Nottingham we took part in an event with climate activists and the press. There was a game of ‘human skittles’ in which us walkers had to bowl down the activists dressed as skittles labelled with all the activities that generate CO2 emissions. A little coffee stand kept us supplied with warm drinks to take the chill out of the air. Autumn has officially arrived in Sherwood Forest.

Written by: José Luis Martínez

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  1. My dad’s family were from Nottingham and my favourite aunt lived close to Major Oak. Robin Hood and the Greenwood was a huge part of my growing up. The coal industry provided jobs but at a huge cost. I am glad you found a welcome in my family’s city. We are descended from Huguenot refugees who fled religious persecution and found sanctuary in the city. My ancestors brought French lace-making skills with them which founded the wealth of the city – hence the Lace Market. We need a new human compact which understands we all share this planet and we are all potentially refugees. Thanks to all of you taking action.

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