Saturday, 2 August 2008

Camp for Climate Action in Kent

"Food riots abroad, house prices and pensions collapsing at home, energy prices skyrocketing worldwide. And slap bang in the middle of all of this - climate change - which the government and the power giant E.ON propose to make worse by building the UK's first coal-fired power station in 30 years at Kingsnorth in Kent."

The Climate Change Camp people have secured a site for the camp which will start officially on August 3rd, but people are welcome from now on.


Below is Caroline Lucas's description of the impact the new coal powered station will have on our CO2 emissions.
"The proposed new coal fired power station in Kent - in my South East constituency - will be the first in Britain for 30 years, emitting up to 8 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year and would potentially keep doing so for 50 years. That annual emissions figure is as much C02 as the world's 24 lowest emitting countries combined.
And it won't stop here - Kingsnorth is likely to be merely the first in a number of new coal-fired power stations around the UK." Caroline Lucas
100 people entered and secured an uncultivated field at Deansgate Ridge at 3.00pm today, only 1 km from Kingsnorth Power Station. They erected and climbed tripods to prevent police from moving them and have erected a marquee alongside a banner which reads "No New Coal".

"We want to warmly invite people from the local community to come down and see for themselves what the camp is all about" said Terry Graves, who has already pitched his tent up in the field.

"E.ON and the government believe that you can have endless fossil-fuelled economic growth in a world of finite resources" said Christina Greensford, who helped to secure the camp. "People from all over the UK are here to create a democratic, low-carbon society in which our long term future on this planet is prioritised over the short term profit margins of the fossil fuel industry."

"We have a future to protect, and today, in setting up the climate camp, we've drawn a line in the sand at Kingsnorth" said Hannah Abbots. "We will not allow companies like E.ON drag us over the edge of climate catastrophe."


Press can contact Conor O'Brian at 07530 306267
who is on site and arrange interviews, either over the phone or on the perimeter of the site.

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