PRESS RELEASE: Christians take part in direct action to shut down coal mine in Wales

25th April 2016

groundswell_header-1024x381On Tuesday 3rd May, a group of Christians will take part in the mass action to close down the Ffos-y-Fran coal mine in Wales and call for the end of coal mining in the UK. The UK government announced last year that it plans to end coal burning for electricity by 2025. Christian Climate Actionsays this is not only too late, but also little more than a hypocritical gesture if the UK continues to mine coal for shipping overseas.

 

Ruth Jarman of Christian Climate Action, said, ‘Our government agreed last year in Paris to try to limit climate change to less than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. To have any chance of meeting this target 85% of known fossil fuel reserves, and 90% of coal, the dirtiest of all, need to stay in the ground. By stopping mining at Ffos-y-Fran, the largest opencast coal mine in the country, we are simply helping our government to live up to its own promises.’

 

The ‘End Coal Now’ action will happen as part of the Reclaim the Power mass action camp, which will run from Saturday 30 April to Wednesday 4 May near Merthyr Tydfil, and is part of the Groundswell year of action and international mobilisations taking on the fossil fuel industry.

 

‘As Christians we feel we have no option but to take sides on matters that threaten the future of so much of God’s creation, including the people he loves,’ said Ruth. ‘By participating in this action to stop the mining of coal, we intend to place ourselves on the side of justice and peace.’

 

ENDS

 

Contact: Ruth Jarman 07970 907784 / 01252 849904

 

Editors Notes:

  1. More information about Christian Climate Action, including statements of support and photographs, can be found on our website: www.christianclimateaction.wordpress.com
  2. The Reclaim the Power mass action camp, End Coal Now, is part of the Groundswell year of action and international mobilisations taking on the fossil fuel industry this May.  The camp hopes to shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine – Ffos-y-fran in Wales. www.reclaimthepower.org.uk/endcoalnow
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