QUAKERS in Pickering are dismayed at the decision of North Yorkshire County Council planning group to approve the application by Third Energy to start fracking at Kirby Misperton.

Many of our members have individually logged objections alongside over 4,300 friends and neighbours in and around our community, based on careful consideration of the evidence for and against the technology.

Following the decision we now feel moved to speak out collectively against this proposal.

Quakers have a strong commitment to environmental issues and we believe that all people have the right to affordable energy that does not harm the planet.

Since 2011, Quakers in Britain have resolved corporately to reduce their carbon footprint and to divest away from fossil fuels – for example, by changing energy suppliers, investing in fossil-free funds, or by making small changes in our everyday lives to reduce consumption.

By leading simpler lives in a low-carbon society, we draw nearer to the abundance of peace, freedom and true community. Fundamentally we believe in sustaining life over profit.

Despite the local decision about fracking, we can and will continue to promote the development of sustainable energy and reduce our dependence on a product which threatens the environment for future generations.

We rejoice in the beauty and variety of our incredible world, and seek to maintain it in all its splendour.

Phyllis Wicks, clerk, On behalf of Pickering Quakers Friends Meeting House, Pickering