Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Action | Tags: activism, climate change, coal, solidarity | No Comments »
Responding to a recent call out, Grow Heathrow sent wishes of solidarity to Hambacher Forest on Thursday.
Hambacher Forest is a camp comprising four occupations in the Rhineland of Germany, which is protesting against the expansion of one of the largest opencast brown coal mines. The mine is a disaster, not only in terms of the impact on the climate from this dirty fossil fuel, but also for the local residents of the nearby villages that would be destroyed to make way for the mine’s expansion. In addition the natural ecosystem would be totally devastated.
In recent weeks activists in Hambacher Forest have been carrying out a number of actions against the felling of this ancient forest. There have been a number of arrests and one of the tree-occupations was evicted at the beginning of December.
You can find more information about the occupation and the recent actions at Hambacher Forest’s website.
Grow Heathrow wishes to show support for the continued struggles in Hambacher.
Love and Solidarity
Posted: November 21st, 2010 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: coal, court | No Comments »
The court case of the ‘biggest pre-emptive arrest’ of climate activists began today in Nottingham. A year and half after being pre-emptively arrested alongside more than 100 other people, 20 activists have begun what could be a month long trial.
The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass for planning to safely shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station for a week and in doing so stopping 150,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted. The activists are going to be admitting the intent, however they maintain that they are not guilty of a crime.
Their defence is based on the argument that the activists acted out of necessity, to prevent further death and serious injury. 300,000 people per year already lose their lives due to the effects of climate change and half a billion are at ‘extreme risk’. This is why the protesters felt the action at one of the biggest polluters in the country was extremely necessary.
Experts such as James Hansen, the high profile scientist who is the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute and Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party will be giving evidence in court to support the 20 activists who remain on trial.
Transition Heathrow stands in solidarity with these brave protesters who took action to put the people and the planet ahead of profits for dirty coal companies.
Rebecca Quinn, 32, who was one of those arrested in April but later had the charges dropped said:
“Climate change is hitting those least responsible for it the hardest. Low-lying island nations are already seeing salt water encroach on their farm land, and in recent years we have seen an increasing frequency of extreme weather events. Coal is the dirtiest method of electricity generation, and must be stopped. To avoid a climate crisis, we must put people before profit. In the face of government apathy and the failure of the Copenhagen conference, it is ordinary people taking direct action who are desperately trying to avoid a bleak future of flooding, drought, crop failure and water shortages.”
Posted: August 22nd, 2010 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Events | Tags: activism, climate camp, coal, direct action | No Comments »
Raising a Ruckuss
Last Wednesday night at 9.15pm I swooped with 100 other activists onto this years climate camp site. The site is a stone throw away from the RBS Headquarters at there Gogarburn site just outside Edinburgh.
Initially I was doubtful of the over ambitious plans to camp so close to this years target but 24 hours later I was proven wrong. By camping on the grounds of the headquarters the camp has become a piece of direct action in itself. Everyday the big bosses who are responsible for the massive climate wrecking plans that RBS have funded can see out of their shiny windows camp life in process.
So far the policing has been very relaxed with them even allowing 150 activists to take a tour round the building on Friday lunchtime. Speeches, music and lots of dancing was the theme of the day however one activist did manage to get through and super glue herself to the front desk.
This is just the beginning as on Monday at least 500 climate campers have vowed to shut the place down. And they deserve it! We, the people, own 83% of RBS and they are using our money to fund dirty coal, oil and gas projects all over the world including some of the most dirtiest projects such as the tar sands in Canada.
For more information or for directions to the 5 day camp check out the climate camp website: