Dame Vivienne Westwood, the English fashion designer who played an instrumental role in bringing punk and new wave clothing fashions into the mainstream, has sent a message of support to Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion.

Caroline is facing charges at Brighton Magistrates this week for obstructing the highway and failing to comply with police conditions imposed on a peaceful protest last summer in Sussex against hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking).

Fracking is a controversial process where a mixture of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground, under high pressure, to force fossil fuels from rock layers.

Climate scientists agree that we must take action now to avert irreversible climate change and experts say that 60 to 80 per cent of unexploited fossil fuels will have to remain in the ground to avoid the worst of climate change.

Vivienne said, "Caroline Lucas is the only parliamentary member for the Green Party; if their economic policies were put into practice by all governments globally, the world would be saved from climate change and the current failing economic system.

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"People who know the dangers of fracking like Caroline Lucas and myself must do everything in our power to stop it being implemented until the public is informed of the true facts."

Caroline said, "Working to address the threat of climate change has been a priority for me throughout my political life.

"I know too that this is very important to large numbers of my constituents, because so many of them have written to me about the environmental risks posed by fracking, and the urgency of tackling climate change."

Vivienne's climate campaign site: http://climaterevolution.co.uk/wp/

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