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COP20: Turn our towns and cites green

December 4, 2014

The last international climate talks, COP19 in Warsaw were an unmitigated disaster. COP19 was hijacked by Dirty Coal in Poland. We must ensure this never happens again.

Secretive behind closed doors meetings are taking place in Lima in Peru, preliminary meetings between government ministers to decide the agenda for COP20. Left to their own devices, they will draw up an agenda on behalf of dirty coal, oil and fracking.

We must not let that happen.

At COP19 it was decided, we cannot trust the corrupt political elite, in the pocket of Big Business, we have to drive the agenda from the grassroots.

One grassroots initiative is to turn our villages and towns and cities green.

What is your village, town and city doing?

Petitions are being drawn up to drive the process, to lobby mayors, town halls, village councils, to demand they draw up a green agenda, that agenda to then be presented to COP20 when it meets.

In Germany, there are now several hundred, community and municipality owned and controlled local grids. Into the local grid feeds local power generation, rooftop solar panels, local wind turbines, and only the surplus is fed into the national grid.

In England, local councils may be implementing austerity, but they are using it as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, whilst at the same time sitting on vast reserves. Lincolnshire cut its library services by two-thirds, fired 170 library staff to save £2 million, and yet had an underspend of £42 million. These reserves should be put to productive use. They could be used to create local area networks and to support other green initiatives.

In Farnborough GnERGY, a local energy company. Only local in that it is based in Farnborough, it could as easily be based in Ireland or Luxembourg to dodge tax. It buys on the wholesale market and distributes thorough the national grid. The local council could put its reserves to more productive use, work with this local company, to build a local grid, buy local, distribute local, and only the surplus distributed through the national grid.

Anti-Nuclear Energy Protest – Boycott EDF Energy

April 21, 2011
nuclear disaster area

nuclear disaster area

‘I do not believe a single word that issues from the mouth of a single spokesperson for the nuclear industry.’ — JONATHON PORRITT, June 2010.

A couple of weeks ago, campaigners brought rush hour traffic to a standstill to protest against EDF Energy’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK. All four lanes of the A302 outside EDF Energy’s headquarters in Grosvenor Place — which just happens to run alongside the gardens of Buckingham Palace — were sealed off shortly after 8am using 14-foot tripods. The cleared zone was then declared a ‘nuclear disaster area’.

Campaign group, Boycott EDF, says the energy giant is spearheading a ‘nuclear renaissance’ which could see the construction of at least ten new nuclear reactors — a move spokeswoman, Bella Benson, claims will spell disaster for the UK.

EDF has spent a massive amount of money marketing itself as an environment-friendly company,” says Benson. “But the truth is that it’s planning to lumber us with an outdated form of energy that is incredibly dangerous, extremely expensive and completely unnecessary. As the company’s HQ Is opposite Buckingham Palace, it would be fitting to call their plan a right, royal rip-off.

EDF has already caused great concern – even before construction of ‘new nuclear’ has started. An independent report published last year found that land designated for EDF’s two new mega-reactors at the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in Somerset is heavily contaminated with enriched uranium. But EDF has dismissed the report. “With such a hazardous form of energy, best practice must be observed at every stage. We find EDF’s attitude shocking,”

Cheaper, greener alternative strategies have been put forward by respected organisations including Greenpeace, the Sustainable Development Commission and the New Economics Foundation.

Says Benson, “The billions earmarked for new nuclear power stations should be invested in further developing safe forms of energy such as renewables and the type of district heating plants (combined heat and power plants) that can be run on biogas. It’s a scandal that there hasn’t been an informed public debate about this issue.”

The campaign is urging customers of EDF Energy to say ‘no to new nuclear’ by switching to other energy providers. It is also asking the public to boycott events and attractions – such as the London Eye – sponsored by the company.

There are alternatives. Nuclear, as we have seen from the tragedy in Japan, is not a green alternative.

Germany has said no to new nuclear power stations. It is time for the UK to also say no.

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Ribs the Trojan Pig makes a mess at Cairn Energy

August 24, 2010

Also see

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

Raising a Ruckus

A case for the Camp for Climate Action

Homage to Caledonia

Raising a Ruckus

August 22, 2010

Climate Camp has set up camp outside the global headquarters of Royal Bank of Scotland to highlight their funding of dirty energy. Unless we park our tanks on their lawns nothing will change. It is only by taking direct action that we effect change.

A report revealed today by the Sunday Herald shows that RBS has provided nearly £13 billion worth of funding to the oil and gas industries since it was bailed out by the taxpayer two years ago. This is at a time when small businesses are being starved into bankruptcy through lack of finance.

Also see

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

How RBS funds ‘dirty oil’

Why should state-owned companies be ethics-free zones?

RBS: £13bn funding to companies blamed for global warming

RBS under siege over “environmental vandalism”

Climate change campaigners turn up the heat on RBS chiefs

RBS Porkies and Climate Camp Frogs

RBS moves to avoid protest

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