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Climate camp season starts with direct action against coal

August 7th, 2009 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

As climate camp Scotland takes places at Mainshill, direct action is taken against coal.

Unknown activists visited the Glentaggart opencast coal mine in South Lanarkshire, sabotaging a conveyor belt that moves coal from the mine to Ravenstruther rail terminal and then on to Drax power station in Yorkshire.

A spokesperson for climate camp Scotland said about the action “Fantastic. Congratulations to those who did this. Opencast mining is responsible for a spike in the number of lung related deaths in this small area. It is time that the likes of Scottish Coal and the planning authorities are held directly responsible for their role in these deaths. Climate change is a killer, both at home and in the Global South where those who have benefited the least from industrialisation are the first to pay the price.”

Drax power station was the target of the first Climate Camp in 2006.

Camps orgainsed by the loosely affiliated Climate Camp network are also taking place in Wales between the 13th-16th August, in Ireland on the 14th-23rd of August and finally in London between 27 August – 2 September.

The Scotland camp has join an existing direct action camp at Mainshill wood, where activists have been busy trying to stop the open cast coal site from mining 1.7 million tonnes of coal (see past reports for more information or watch a video on the camp here). The camp is already up and running and and everyone is welcome to join. For more information visit. http://climatecampscotland.org.uk and http://coalactionedinburgh.noflag.org.uk

On the 27th August climate campers will be returning to the City of London to set up camp and take direct action against the financial districts involved in perpetuating climate change and ecological destruction.

The most recent climate camp that took place during April 1st’s G20 protests received criticism for its attempts to distance its self from the other G20 protests and failure to promote diversity of tactics. Past climate camps have also failed to set up any camp ‘principles’ or ‘hallmarks’ similar to the PGA Hallmarks or the St. Paul Principles that allow diversity of tactic and autonomous action to take place without fear or reprisal.

For more information on climate camping visit the the Camp for Climate Action website http://climatecamp.org.uk/node/548

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