Climate Camp Cymru occupies Roman fort to oppose opencast
August 14, 2010
The location of the camp is significant as it is near to the open cast coal sites including Nant Helen which has applied for permission to expand, and Selar which has been given the recent go-ahead. Activists have vowed to take direct action against these sites, and others to highlight the need to move away from fossil fuels and to provide jobs for a clean
Jill Lloyd from Climate Camp Cymru said “Our current economic system is based on an addiction to fossil fuels and on maximising profit at the expense of people and the environment. We need green jobs for Wales, not dirty destruction.”
“Burning coal is destroying our climate, while opencast mining damages the earth and the health of local people. We must leave coal in the ground. Fossil fuel corporations like Celtic Energy must not be allowed to progress unchecked. Join a growing number of ordinary people taking direct action, and exploring alternatives, to stop the madness that is destroying
the earth. This August 13th -17th come to Climate Camp Cymru.”
The camp will continue until the 17th. It is situated on Camnant Road, North of Dyffryn Cellwen. The nearest train station is Aberdare. Campers can phone for transport from Aberdare station to the camp on 07040 909 147.
*Notes for editors*
1 Last year's camp was held next to Ffos-y-fran in Merthyr Tydfil, the largest opencast coal mine in the UK. The camp included workshops on climate science, direct action training, a solar-powered cinema, compost toilets, solar-heated showers, greywater systems and wind power.
Today a group of climate activists were given conditional discharges at Merthyr Tydfil crown court for blockading the railway line between Ffos y Fran and Aberthaw power station.
The camp is at the Roman Fort on Camnant Road 800 metres from 4109 (B road? or A109?) grid reference 8595 1070.
Tîm Cyfryngau Climate Camp Cymru Media Team
07077 076 147