Anti-drilling activists across England sent a powerful message on Monday with a series of direct actions protesting the Cameron government’s promotion of “false solutions,” such as fracking, and the industries that are profiting in the face of runaway climate change.
Among the 18 targets on Monday were London’s National Gallery, David Cameron’s constituency office, London City Hall, public relations firms that represent fracking and nuclear power companies, a World Coal Association conference, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and various corporations which activists say are complicit in the global rise of carbon emissions.
Many of those who participated in the direct actions are also members of the Reclaim the Power mass action camp, which began this weekend near the Didcot power station in Oxfordshire. The group is holding a series of workshops and debates at the camp this week on the future of energy in the United Kingdom. The actions come amid a government push to expand fracking, as well as construct up to 30 new gas-fired power stations across the country.
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“The government’s plans for new gas power stations across the UK are not compatible with stopping runaway climate change or bringing down the bills for people living in fuel poverty,” said Hannah Martin of Reclaim the Power. “Fossil fuels are destroying our future and already causing thousands of deaths from climate change and fuel poverty.”
At least seven people were arrested during the day of action on Monday.
In London, activists blockaded the doors of the World Coal Association conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). According to eyewitness accounts, some of the protesters “mooned” conference participants, displaying the message: “Wind Not Gas.”
Politicians and the fossil fuel industry have branded CCS technology as “clean coal,” however, critics say such innovations are only a “smoke screen for the necessary action needed on climate change.”
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