1,000 join protest
PUBLISHED: 14:37 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 August 2010
HUNDREDS of climate campaigners marched through north Kent in protest over plans for the first coal fired power station to be built in the UK for 24 years. The Climate Caravan left Heathrow on July 27, on route to the Kingsnorth Power Station and the Cam
HUNDREDS of climate campaigners marched through north Kent in protest over plans for the first coal fired power station to be built in the UK for 24 years.
The Climate Caravan left Heathrow on July 27, on route to the Kingsnorth Power Station and the Camp for Climate Action, which has so far attracted nearly 1,000 people outside the site.
Campaigners gathered numbers across the 60-mile route across London made a stop off at St Botolph's Church Hall, The Hill Northfleet, last Friday, where campaigners spoke to residents about the protest.
Last Sunday, protestors from across the country then converged in Rochester High Street for a rally.
The rally was followed by a seven mile walk to the Climate Camp next to Kingsnorth Power Station, a week long protest against the proposals for the first coal fired power station in the UK since 1983.
Dr Caroline Lucas, South East Green MEP joined protestors at the rally on Sunday. She said: "I am delighted to be taking part in Climate Camp this year.
"A new coal facility at Kingsnorth would emit up to 8 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year, and potentially keep doing so for 50 years. That annual emissions figure is as much CO2 as the world's 24 lowest emitting countries combined.
"Any government that commits to more coal fired power stations, and Kingsnorth is only the start, then claims to be aiming for a massive reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 is quite simply living in a fantasy land."
Kent Police has 1,400 officers from 26 forces on standby during the Climate Camp.
On Monday evening police confirmed they had arrested 12 people in connection with the climate camp protest and seven have been charged.
Officers also discovered a stash of knives and makeshift weapons hidden in a wooded area by the camp on Monday. Other equipment seized includes large quantities of superglue, bolt croppers, padded suits climbing ropes and grappling hooks.
The proposals by the energy company E.ON has sparked fierce opposition since they were first announced in October 2006. Hollywood film start Robert Redford is also supporting the campaign to stop it being built.
A local opposition group called Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway has also been set up, with support from Gravesham residents.
l For more information about the protest visit www.climatecamp.org.uk