Date(s) - Mon 15 June
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts House Cafe
Monday 15th June – Truthout Cinema: Reclaim The Power
Report-back on the recent protest camp at Didcot which challenged the fossil fuel industry with eighteen major direct actions around the UK.
Lock-ons, love-ins, nanas and banners; blockades, tripods and bums being bared – this is how we showed how we Reclaim The Power.
Monday June 1st broke all previous RTP records, with a cracking 18 actions taking place in under eight hours. With less than 48 hours of planning time, groups formed, stormed and took to the streets, with a diverse range of creative and confrontational actions exposing the links between big energy firms, government ministers, PR companies, oil arts sponsorship and the fracking industry. Actions included linking up the struggle for climate justice with frontline battles for worker’s rights, such as the BP-sponsored National Gallery action in solidarity with workers who are currently on strike. We know we need many more of these kinds of alliances if we’re going to win the bigger battle.
Featured across national and local news, people of all ages and from all over the country came together to show we are skilled and ready to oppose dirty energy head-on, and take the necessary steps to do what’s required, and have fun in the doing so.
The camp this year at Didcot was part of an international weekend of climate action ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris in December, where we chose to highlight that the fossil fuel industry, including RWE Npower – the owners of Didcot Power Station – have no place at the negotiations table. Together we will continue to link up with groups across the world to kick-start a rolling cascade of actions that will build in momentum over the oncoming months. Our message is loud and clear; fossil fuel companies need to get the FF out of COP21!
For a full run down of Monday’s actions check out our website and photos – and a massive shout out again to everyone who came along and made it so epic!