Campaigners give red flag to dirty coal plants

By agency reporter
21 Apr 2009
Campaigners deliver the Stop Climate Chaos petition to Ed Miliband

Representatives of the UK’s largest coalition dedicated to stopping climate change visited the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today (Tuesday) to demand that the UK Government says no to new dirty coal plants and instead delivers renewable energy on a mass scale.

Flags from a diverse range of organisations including the Women’s Institute, RSPB, Islamic Relief, Oxfam and NUS, who make up the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, were planted outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The visit takes place during the week in which the government is expected to launch a consultation on coal. It is also the week of the Budget, which Gordon Brown has pledged to make environmentally friendly in order to kick start a low-carbon recovery.

Ashok Sinha, the Director of Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, said “Today, we have delivered over 85,000 messages to Ed Miliband reflecting the breadth of support across the UK to boost our renewable energy supply and end our reliance on dirty coal power stations”

He warned the Secretary of State, Ed Miliband, that “A green light for new dirty coal plants including Kingsnorth in Kent, will lock Britain into decades of spiralling emissions and severely undermine the Government’s ability to meet its climate targets.

“The UK must commit to finding at least 15 percent of our energy from UK renewables by 2020. Only by investing in green jobs and a thriving low carbon economy will a sustainable way of life be secured for generations to come. The lives and livelihoods of millions of poor and vulnerable people across all countries are at stake”.

In a letter to the Secretary of State, the coalition told Ed Miliband that coal power stations which cannot capture and store their carbon emissions safely must be banned. The organisations argue that by transforming Britain into a low-carbon economy, with massive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, the government can tackle climate change and create thousands of new jobs at a time of economic hardship.

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