There are two opportunities coming up in the next week to protest against Drax's 'renewable energy' subsidies for burning biomass, and we hope you'll join us for one or both.
On Saturday 22nd October we will be going to Drax Power Station, along with Coal Action Network and local campaigners, to celebrate ten years of action since the first Climate Camp at Drax in 2006 and to name the work that still needs to be done for climate action, including shutting down Drax and replacing it with something genuinely sustainable. There will be a range of intersting speakers, a theatre performance - Buried Sunshine - about the impacts of coal mining in Colombia, and food by Veggies Catering Campaign.
Assemble at Drax Power Station,Selby YO8 8PH near the South Gate from 1pm, speeches starting at 2pm and leaving by 5.
There will be lifts and minibuses going from London and around the country, seeherefor more info on transport options.
Also at midday on Wednesday 19th October we will be in London outside BEIS (the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) withCoal Action Network, London Mining Networkand some visitors from Colombia. We will be urging the department to turn over a new leaf, stop funding destructive energy, and instead support genuine renewables and energy saving measures. This will be a colourful, photogenic event with a 'Draxosaurus', walking cooling towers and massive cheques to symbolise the annual subsidies going to Drax. It is also an opportunity an opportunity to hearguest speakers from Colombia, touring the UK from an area where coal is mined and exported to be burnt in the UK and where communities are suffering displacement, pollution and loss of food and water sovereignty as a result of opencast coal mining. IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE| Read More |END:IF| |IF:ARCHIVE_PAGE|
We will also be deliveringthis petitionto BEIS, calling on the department to end subsidies for Drax – please sign if you haven't already, and share widely! It would be great to get it up to 150,000 names.
Bring your banners, placards and voices to BEIS, 1 Victoria St, Wesminster SW1H 0ET from 12 - 2.30pm.
Please share these events onFacebook, and most importantly come and bring your friends.
In 2006, Drax was the site of the first Climate Camp, an important point in the global history of direct action targeting the root causes of climate change. We return to Drax to celebrate what has been achieved in the intervening decade and name the work we still have to do for climate justice – including shutting down Drax and replacing it with genuinely renewable power. |IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE| Read More |END:IF| |IF:ARCHIVE_PAGE|
Drax continues to burn more coal than any other power station in the UK whilst burning more wood than any other plant in the world. Last year, Drax burned 6 million tonnes of coal, much of it from Colombia and Russia, where communities suffer human rights abuses and evictions for opencast coal mining. And it burned pellets made from 12 million tonnes of wood - more than the UK's entire annual wood production. Many of these pellets were made from the clearcutting of highly biodiverse southern US wetland forests.
If you can't make it to the demo, you can still take part. Take a photograph of yourself with an #AxeDrax banner or placard and upload it to our Facebook event page, or tweet it with #AxeDrax, @Draxnews, @beisgovuk.
For more information about Drax, see our detailed #AxeDrax campaign page. For more information about the impacts of coal burnt at Drax, see coalaction.org.uk.