Posts Tagged ‘new coal’

Key Coal Terminal Shut By Climate And Community Campaigners

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

At 6.30 last monday (5th October 2009) 10 campaigners, together with local residents and two SLACC members, peacefully blockaded Ravenstruther coal loading terminal in South Lanarkshire. Having stopped its reopening after the weekend, they prevented coal being loaded and transported. The protestors managed to shut it down and remain in place for 7 hours before being arrested.

Two protesters were locked on top of the coal conveyor belt, holding a large banner with the words “No New Coal” high over the terminal.

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Others blockaded the front gate with their bodies, arm tubes and bike locks.

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The action was aimed at disrupting the operations of Scottish Coal in the region. The protesters were acting to oppose the five open cast coal mines active in the area, and in resistance to the thirteen new open cast coal mines due to open in Scotland.

Bill Reid who is at the site said: “In the face of dangerous runaway climate change, increasing our dependence on coal – the most polluting of the fossil fuels – is simply unacceptable. We urgently need to switch to renewable energy and close existing mines. We shouldn’t even be thinking about new ones.”

The demonstration was is in support of the Lanarkshire communities who are opposing new open cast mines. Anna Mackenzie, a local resident said: “We’re here today to send a clear message that we don’t want parts of Scotland such as South Lanarkshire to become the most heavily mined areas in Europe, as they will be if permission is granted for all the new open cast coal mines currently being proposed. Direct action is not just the only avenue left open, it is also an effective on, as demonstrated by the occupation of Mainshill Wood which has been preventing an open cast mine from starting, and furthering the negative health impact open casting has been having on the people of Douglas.”

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Another protester, Helen Forbes said: “Local authorities, the Scottish government and companies like Scottish Coal and Scottish Power are ignoring the scientific evidence on climate change. We have to take responsibility for our climate and our future, and stop the coal industry and its expansion. Today at Ravenstruther we’re acting responsibly”.

With Scotland’s CO2 emissions increasing significantly, continuing the consumption of coal will make it impossible for Scotland to meet its 80% target reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Jo Price said “The Scottish government is paying lip service to the dangers of climate change. As long as they allow companies like Scottish Coal to dig up our countryside and burn the product we won’t meet the targets.”

It is estimated that 6,380 tonnes of coal were stopped from being loaded, equivalent to 11,675,400 kg CO2 released into the atmosphere. The action stopped three coal trains from being loaded and cost Scottish Coal some £200,000.

The blockaders apologized to any workers affected by today’s demonstration, but in recognizing the desperate need to stop burning coal sees no other choice but to target the companies responsible for mining it.

EON and New Coal – a Google Experiment

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Power company E.ON is hoping to build the first new coal-fired power station in the UK for a generation on the site of its present station at Kingsnorth in Kent. At a time of climate crisis, it’s a crazy idea. Coal is by far the most polluting way of generating electricity – even the ‘cleaner coal’ plant will produce more CO2 than the whole of Ghana. The existing power station at Kingsnorth is now so polluting it is illegal.


They’ve been the targets of all kinds of action, from last summer’s Camp for Climate Action, to a series of smaller action on April 1st (Fossil Fools Day), to a wave of recruitment fair actions, with more action coming up at the end of this month.

One easy, comfy action can happen from this computer you’re looking at. The tactic is called  google-bombing.

The more links to a site, the higher it climbs in Google rankings. So, if enough people make the word ‘Eon‘ link to the No New Coal site, pretty soon it’ll top the list of anyone searching for Eon. (This tactic was successfully used a few years ago to make ‘swivel-eyed loons’ link to UKIP).

Two weeks ago www.nonewcoal.org.uk wasn’t in the top 50 sites when searching for Eon. Now it appears on the first page of results.

So a simple online action can help us get our electronic placards in their face without getting out on the cold winter streets.

If you have a website, blog, myspace, bebo, forum account, etc then please place a link to http://www.nonewcoal.org.uk.

Ideally you write ‘eon‘ and place a hyperlink to http://www.nonewcoal.org.uk from that text.

Anyone can do this! Blog comments/forums are easiest. Good websites are most effective.

If you’re wondering what else to write, you could copy or edit this.

To get a top 10 google ranking probably won’t be to hard, but to pip E.ON to the top will require a lot of effort so tell your friends, consider putting this simple action in your newsletters, spread the word online…

Notes:

  1. It works best if you mention Eon several times in an article. The correct poncy spelling is E.ON so include that a few times too, but most people will probably just search for Eon.
  2. If you are posting the link in a blog post then put Eon in the title and the tags.
  3. The more important the site the more kick nonewcoal.org.uk gets from the link.
  4. If you are really determined then consider setting up a fake site like the EON Corporate Social Responsibility blog that way you can link loads of times to nonewcoal.org.uk from a site that is very relevent!
  5. Why not take this is seriously as a real world action and forward it to people with green blogs/campaign groups etc?