Coal Bioenergy Fracking
POST Event Update:
Extreme Energy Gathering in Leeds on Sat 4th June 2016
Thank you to all who attended this successful event. If anyone else would like to join the new local campaign against Drax, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti-fracking organisers who came along can get in touch with Free Dee via email@example.com
Coal Action Network have volunteered to provide speakers and a monologue on Colombian coal mining for any local group events. You can get in touch with CAN via firstname.lastname@example.org
Vladimir from Ecodefense, who presented on Russian coal, features in this video from Jo Syz
Edinburgh Mon 6th,
Nottingham Tues 7th,
Lincoln on Wed 8th,
Cambridge on Thurs 9th,
London on Friday 10th,
Rhymney in Wales on Sat 18th.
An opportunity to find out more about extreme energy generation and
Drax power station in particular
Join Coal Action Network, Biofuelwatch, Frack Free Dee, Frack Free Leeds
& energy campaigners for a day of theatre, film, talks, campaign updates, networking. Building the Axe Drax campaign
When: 4 June: 10:00 – 18:00
Where: Ebor Court, Skinner Street, Leeds, LS1 4ND
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/470062133199086/
…..this is a pay as you feel event
This gathering is for everyone who wants to take action towards a sustainable future.
Drax Extreme Energy Gathering provides a space to unite our campaigns – Fracking, biomass & coal.
Lets Axe Drax and end the spectre of extreme energy threatening the UK.
Join Coal Action Network, Biofuelwatch, Frack Free Dee, Frack Free Leeds, & local energy campaigners for a day of engaging theatre, film, talks, campaign updates and networking.
Draxstic impact on the landscape – a wood pellet plant
Drax, near Selby, in Yorkshire is the UK’s biggest coal fired power station & the world’s largest biomass power station. Drax burns more coal than any other UK power station and more wood than any other power station worldwide. It is the single biggest emitter of carbon emissions in the UK. Despite exacerbating climate change, fuelling forest destruction, and harming communities, Drax receives enormous subsidies, for burning wood and coal. Without subsidies, Drax would have to close.
Drax continues to turn the northern English countryside black with opencast coal mines and is complicit in the displacement of indigenous people in Russia and Colombia. Coal mining to supply this power station destroys ecosystems.
Drax produces more carbon dioxide than any other UK power station; it is the 6th dirtiest in Europe.
In 2015 Drax burned around 12 million tonnes of green wood – more wood than was produced in the whole of the UK. Only 2% of the biomass they burned was sourced in the UK, with the vast majority coming from the southern US and Canada. In return for burning all of that imported wood & contributing to the destruction of biodiverse eco-systems the UK Government paid Drax subsidies of more than £1 million a day! £450 million a year.
If the UK is serious about bringing down carbon emissions, and cares at all about the communities being forcibly evicted to make way for coal mine expansion, and forests being chopped down for biomass, then our biggest polluter has to go. It really is time to Axe Drax.
Drax must be held accountable for the destruction in its supply chain
DECC need to stop paying subsidies that lead to destruction
The UK Government is forcing fracking on unwilling communities, overruling democracy, ignoring evidence that fracking pollutes people and planet & promoting the well-being of corporations instead of communities. Ineos now own over a million acres of fracking licenses across Scotland and the North of England.
Local communities across the UK are rising up to say no to fracking – This gathering is a way to harness our energies and campaign in solidarity.
Gathering Contributor Links:
Find out more about the Biofuelwatch campaign to #AxeDraxby