Action Camp, 16-21st August, West Burton Power Station, Nottinghamshire
Organised by No Dash For Gas, supported by Campaign against Climate Change
In December last year, the Government announced plans to approve the building of 30 new gas-fired power stations. Despite overwhelming evidence that we’re rapidly heading towards catastrophic climate change, these plans rip up the Government’s own legally binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions; they will actually make us even more dependent on fossil fuels in 2030 than we are now.
In reaction to this 21 activists went up the West Burton EDF Power Station chimneys shutting down the whole power station and preventing 20,000 tons of CO2 being released! EDF tried to sue them but had to drop the law suit because of the overwhelming public support for the activists including a petition gathering 64,000 signatures.
But the fight is not over, the movement needs to get bigger. This is why No Dash For Gas is organising this protest camp to strengthen the ties between grassroots environment groups, forge vital links with anti-austerity campaigners and to get everyone together to take real action against the dangerous new dash for gas and the culture of corporate power!
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