When I retired almost 10 years ago I was looking forward to a quiet, relaxing life.
However, the arrival of the shale gas fracking industry in the north of England has put paid to that.
Studying the literature, attending meetings, going on marches, rallies and protests now take up much of my time.
Like a growing numbers of anti-fracking campaigners I have seen through the easy reassurances about jobs, lower gas bills, energy security, “gold standard” regulation and the rest.
Rather, I have seen the reality described in hundreds of medical and scientific studies of the devastating effects of fracking on individuals, families and communities, and on gas workers themselves, in many parts of the world.
Given the proven risks to health, air, soil and water, not to mention the planned industrialisation of the county where I live, I cannot accept the alleged need for this dirty and disruptive activity. Despite the inconvenience, the early starts, the long days out I will continue to enjoy the company of like-minded, well informed campaigners. And despite having been arrested for standing by my beliefs I will go on working for a total ban in the UK.