National Demonstration against Agrofuels
Saturday 25th September, Portland in Dorset
Coaches available from London and possibly elsewhere
Campaign against Climate Change, NOPE (No Oil Palm Energy), Biofuelwatch and Food Not Fuel are organising a day of protest against agrofuel subsidies. The demonstration will take place midway through a government consultation which will determine the future of agrofuel power stations in the UK. The demonstration will go to the gates to the port which is the site where W4B has been given planning permission to build a palm oil power station. There is strong local opposition to the plans. Please see below for more background.
The order of the day is as follows:
9.00am Coach leaves London for Portland*
12.30pm Assemble at Ferry Bridge (Chesil Beach car park) or march along Portland Beach Road
2-3.00pm Rally outside port gates, Casteletown (site of proposed plant)
3.00pm Workshops and entertainment in St George's Hall, corner Weston Road/ Reforne
8.00pm Coach to London
*To book a place on London coach, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . If you need help with "crash space" in London or Dorset before the demo, please contact us (email@example.com) and we will ask round.
We are hoping that a coach will also be organised from two other cities also affected by proposed biofuel power stations, in Newport and Bristol. Please contact us if you are interested in getting a coach from either of those places.
Please help us spread the word about this demonstration widely. If you can distribute any fliers locally and would like them sent to you then please contact us. Also, if you would like somebody to speak at a local event about agrofuels before the demo, then please get in touch with us and we will try and arrange this.
Right now and until mid-October, the government is consulting on the future of 'renewable electricity' subsidies in the UK – we will shortly sending out further information and an email action about this. Of course, we need more support for sustainable, climate-friendly renewable energy such as from wind and solar power. Agrofuels are none of this. Subsidies for them mean subsidies for more climate change, more deforestation, more land-grabbing and human rights abuses. At least 11 planning applications for agrofuel power stations have been submitted/prepared by companies including W4B, Blue NG and Vogen, and three of those already have planning permission.
Although the focus of the demonstration is on vegetable oil power stations, the government consultation will also determine whether companies will go ahead with wood power station plans which will ultimately result in at least 3.5 times the entire UK wood production being burned – with devastating consequences for forests and people from Alaska to Brazil and the Congo Basin.