DAY 2 – 400 people hold occupation against ‘Hostile Environment’ & Climate Emergency
Greater London – 400 people have held Day 2 of a mass camp near Drax Energy’s Rye House gas power station. The camp is protesting two issues: Drax’s catastrophic plans to build the biggest gas power station the UK has ever seen, as well as opposing the Government’s racist ‘Hostile Environment’ immigration policy.
WHAT: Mass Action Camp to oppose new gas infrastructure and the hostile environment
WHO: 400 people from the UK and Europe
WHERE: Opposite Lake View Nursery, Dobb’s Weir Road, Roydon CM19 5JX
WHEN: Friday 26th July – Wednesday 31st July
Activists have set up camp running a weekend of assemblies on climate and migration issues followed by two days of action on Monday against the Hostile Environment, in London, and on Tuesday against burning gas in a climate emergency. The camp is powered by solar, wind, and a kitchen serving up three delicious plant-based meals a day. Hundreds more are expected to join the six-day camp.
Draw wants to convert its coal-burning plants to burn gas, which would be responsible for as much as 75% of the emissions budget for the entire UK power sector . A decision on this will be a major early decision for new Minister for Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy Andrea Leadsom. In June, Leadsom said one of her priorities if elected Prime Minister would be to declare a “climate emergency” .
Public concern about the climate crisis in the UK is at its highest level in 10 years . Meanwhile research shows we can complete the transition to zero carbon energy from coal-fired power using renewables and other sources, without a large-scale increase in gas power .
- Drax itself has admitted that the new gas units will “represent a significant net increase in greenhouse gas emissions and have therefore negative climate impacts.” http://repower.drax.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Drax-PEIR-NTS.pdf
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