'Two down, one to go' say UK climate protesters

Posted: 12 October 2009

Climate activists have been celebrating what they regard as a double victory this week, while continuing plans to take control of a second power station this weekend. This press release from the Camp for Climate Action is published without further comment.

Today BAA, Heathrow's owners, announced that they are withdrawing their application to government for a third runway at Heathrow airport, which the Camp for Climate Action targeted in 2007. On Wednesday, E.ONannounced they were indefinitely delaying building a new Kingsnorth powerstation in Kent, which the Camp targeted in August 2008. Both Climate Camp targets now look very unlikely to ever be built.

The announcements have come as the climate movement prepares for the Great Climate Swoop on 17th October, when they plan to take control ofRatcliffe-on-Soar coal fired power plant operated by E.ON, which emitted 9.9 million tonnes CO2 in 2008, and is the UK's third largest source of CO2 emissions (3).

Activists will be using youtube and twitter to coordinate their takeover of the site and provide live minute-by-minute internet coverage of the event.

Targetting E.ON's Ratcliffe plant continues the Camps focus on stopping emissions from coal plants which are the UK's largest emitters, targeted by the first Camp of Climate Action, at Drax, in 2006.

Campaigner Kay Wilkinson, said, "It's amazing. Two down, Heathrow and Kingsnorth, one to go. But this is the hard one, can we get these dinosaur coal plants replaced by renewable energy in time to avert a climatecatastrophe? It won't happen unless we step out of line, which is why I'll be at Ratcliffe on Saturday."

More information on Climate Camp activities can be seen at:www.thegreatclimateswoop.org