Climate Camp Vows To Strike Again
September 02, 2009
Today, as the Camp for Climate Action begin clearing the site at Blackheath in London, a group of climate activists have managed to leave a tent within the grounds of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station. 
The tent, emblazoned with the words "Climate Camp is coming: The Great Climate Swoop, 17-18 Oct", The Camp announced on Sunday night that hundreds of protesters will be invading the power station over that weekend in October. 
Pop-up tents have become an icon for the Camp for Climate Action: at the G20, hundreds of similar tents were used to occupy Bishopsgate, the road outside the European Climate Exchange.
Magda Dmowska from the Climate Camp commented, "Although we don't know who did this, it foreshadows the coming invasion of people climbing fences and taking action on climate change. Ratcliffe-on-Soare is one of the biggest emitters in the country - it's about time we shut it down."
Ceridwen Blair said "We're now all working hard to clear up the site and won't be leaving till the common is returned to normal."
Local Councillor Chris Flood stated "I visited the site and was impressed by the level of organisation and consideration the participants have taken to ensure the local community are respected. When faced with issues of such importance as climate change, it is our responsibility as public representatives to support these campaigns."
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Notes to Editors
- For photo: http://twitpic.com/g6fsb
- Ratcliffe-on-Soar is the UK's third most polluting power station and is owned by E.ON, who are pushing for a new generation of coal fired power stationa. E.ON's Kingsnorth plant was targetted by the Camp for Climate Action in 2008. http://climatecamp.org.uk/press/2009/08/31/activists-plot-mass-invasion-of-coal-plant-after-climate-camp-vote