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Social and Environmental Justice: From Grassroots to Goliath, with accidental activist Claire Stephenson


Tuesday 8 March 2022

12pm - 1pm




Edge Hill University

sign for anti-fracking

Social and Environmental Justice: From Grassroots to Goliath, with accidental activist Claire Stephenson. 

Hosted by the Institute for social responsibility.

ISR celebrates Accidental Activists and Advocates for International Women’s Day 2022.

Claire Stephenson Lives on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. In 2014, fracking company Cuadrilla lodged a planning application for hydraulic fracturing in rural Fylde, close to Claire’s home. In the months and years to follow, the local community banded together to battle against both the industry and the government in at times, a dirty and uneven PR campaign led by the fracking industry.

Claire will talk about the journey from a quiet life as a writer and mother, to a climate campaigner on the front line of a dangerous energy battle that no community wants to be in. The social and environmental justice implications from fracking the UK reached costly court cases to fight for local democracy, and a history-making legal challenge against the government itself


  • 11.30am Registration and Refreshments
  • 12.00pm Event start
  • 1.00pm Networking.

Claire Stephenson

Claire is an accredited public relations professional, media strategist and journalist, specialising in creative communications and strategies for the ethical and charitable sectors. She has written professionally for over 20 years and is a member of the National Union of Journalists.

She has previously worked within European Parliament for the European Greens as Press & Broadcast Media Lead for the North West, covering international issues and report launches on Palestine and human rights, The Green New Deal in the North West, sustainable transport, Horizon research and innovation, the climate emergency and the role of arts in social regeneration.

Claire specialises in creative press campaigns covering local, national and international levels, working on briefs including brand awareness, public affairs climate action, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications.

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