DAY 2 – 400 people hold occupation against ‘Hostile Environment’ & Climate Emergency

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.

 

DAY 2 - 400 people hold occupation against ‘Hostile Environment’ & Climate Emergency

DAY 2 – 400 people hold occupation against ‘Hostile Environment’ & Climate Emergency

 

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 [1]. 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” [2].

 

Public concern about the climate crisis in the UK is at its highest level in 10 years [3]. 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 [4].

 

NOTES

  1. https://www.clientearth.org/lawyers-reveal-massive-climate-impact-of-new-drax-gas-plant/
  2. https://www.desmog.co.uk/andrea-leadsom
  3. https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-rolls-reveal-surge-in-concern-in-uk-about-climate-change
  4. https://sandbag.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Coal-To-Clean-May-2018.pdf
  5. 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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