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Protesters stops coal train in Britain


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Today activists from Climate Camp stopped a train carrying coal to Britain’s biggest coal-power station. Armed with a banderol with the text “Leave it in the ground” the activists started to shovel down the coal to the ground.

The protestors had food and water with them so they could be “able to remain on board for several days.”

“We are ready to stay here for as long as Gordon Brown and the government keep burning polluting fuel in these power stations,” said one of the protesters before clipping climbing ropes to the train’s wheels and the bridge girders. Although flimsy, the web would risk damage to the train or bridge if any attempt was made to drive off.”

Activist Ben Tennyson said:

“We’ve stopped this train to prevent it delivering a thousand tonnes of coal to be burned at Drax and then released into the atmosphere. If we’re serious about fighting climate change we have to leave this dirty fuel in the ground and invest in clean, renewable energy sources instead.”

When this post is written the activists still remains on the “hijacked” train. For more updated news check out BBC News and the Guardian (Both sites have video!).

Green Blog wishes these activists the best of luck! This also reminds us about a quote from Al Gore: “I can’t understand why there aren’t rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power stations.”

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Posting drunk or hijacking a dirty coal train?

Nah seriously, why do you think that?

Will accomplish nothing except turning people off to their cause and they need to use their time and efforts to push for coming up with alternate solutions. Cutting off coal to people that at this time, have that as their only source of energy is putting their egos ahead of others welfare that have no other alternative. I think it is called being totally self-centered....

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Will accomplish nothing except turning people off to their cause and they need to use their time and efforts to push for coming up with alternate solutions. Cutting off coal to people that at this time, have that as their only source of energy is putting their egos ahead of others welfare that have no other alternative. I think it is called being totally self-centered....

I don't agree with you. We only have a few years left until we reach the point of no return. We need actions like this one that highlights this matter and shows politicians and companies alike that we don't tolerate their inactions anymore.

The UK is planning on building 6 new coal plants! Collectively these power stations would emit around 50 million tons of CO2 a year. Actions like these are very much needed in a developed country like UK that has the money and knowledge to invest i green renewable energy instead.

The dirty Drax power station generates around 7% of the total demand of energy in the UK. It's not like people in UK will "suffer" from this protest.

Now im too tired. Going to bed. :)

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