Date(s) - Sat 28 January
Aberthaw Power Station, South Wales
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Aberthaw power station is killing us. Air pollution from the plant is responsible for an estimated 400 deaths per year. At the same time, the power station is is fed by opencast coal mines in South Wales such as Ffos-y-Fran which impacts on local communities living next door. At a global level, carbon emissions from the coal burned at Aberthaw power station are pushing us towards climate catastrophe.
Join Reclaim the Power, United Valleys Action Group, Bristol Rising Tide and the Coal Action Network for a public demonstration demanding the prompt closure of Aberthaw Coal power station and in support of renewable energy in South Wales.
Date: Saturday 28 January 2017
Meet at 1pm at the Leys beach car park, Limpert Bay, West Aberthaw, CF62 4ZW. Join us for inspiring speakers, hot soup, music, and an active legal protest. Dress warmly and bring your friends and family.
Transport to the demo from Bristol
Bus leaving from outside Colston Hall (BS1 5AR) Saturday 28 January at 10am, and from Kebele Social Centre in Easton at 10.15am. Text 07711 214 168 to confirm a place (limited to 12). Donations requested to cover fuel costs.
Green jobs now!
We don’t need dirty, inefficient power stations to provide our energy needs. Onshore wind in Wales could create up to 2000 jobs whilst upgrading the energy efficiency of homes in Wales would create 6,300 direct jobs and slash our heating bills and reduce overall demand for power generation. At the same time, offshore tidal lagoon projects, such as those being considered at Swansea Bay, could also diversify our energy supply using underwater turbines.
Local air pollution
Aberthaw is one of Europe’s top 30 dirtiest and most toxic power stations. Particulate matter and nitrogen oxides are contributing to respiratory illnesses for people living in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Barry, Bristol, Poole, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bournemouth and Swindon. Having recently been found in breach of European pollution limits, Aberthaw’s owners and investors are now at a critical decision making point.
Aberthaw’s owners RWE are not doing enough to address the issues. Their proposals will only reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 30%, meaning 270 people a year will still be killed by air pollution from this dinosaur power plant.
Aberthaw is also a major threat to the planet: coal emits more greenhouse gases than any other major source of power generation and simply put, stopping runaway climate change means ending coal. The UK Government is currently consulting on closing “unabated” coal fired power station by 2025, but their current proposals would leave get outs and compromises for big polluters. Join us just before the coal consultation finishes to say no more deaths, no more coal, yes to clean air and yes to clean energy.
Read more about Aberthaw on the Coal Action Network website.
Kicking Coal at Kebele Dinner – Bristol, Sunday 15 January, 6.30pm.
Weekly dinner followed by discussion of Aberthaw’s impacts and a performance of ‘Buried Sunshine’ play.