Didcot Mass Action Camp 2015 - Reclaim the Power

 29 May
 Didcot, Oxfordshire
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 No Dash for Gas
Reclaim the Power will be holding a mass action camp near Didcot Power Station (Oxfordshire) to take creative direct action against the fossil fuel industry and corporate power - and to build the movement for energy democracy. You can expect: - a mass day of creative action on Monday 1st June 2015 - direct action training for new people - educational workshops - forming affinity groups to take action together - tasty food, music, entertainment and more Join us for a global weekend of action for climate justice (29 May to 2 June) in the run up to the UN climate talks in Paris later this year. **Reclaim the Power aims to be an inclusive and welcoming space for everyone. We're trying to make the Didcot camp as accessible as possible, so please get in touch at accessrtp@gmail.com if you have any specific needs or requirements.** ----------------------------------------------------------------------- WHY DIDCOT? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Didcot power station stands as a half-demolished monument to the unfinished job of kicking out dirty fossil fuels from the UK's energy mix. Although the coal-fired section (Didcot A) was shut down and part-demolished last year because of EU laws limiting emissions, the gas-fired section (Didcot B) is still running today. What sustainable alternatives exist for local communities living at Didcot - and how can we create a just transition away from fossil fuels? While communities around the country have stood together against fracking, our government has been making plans to build a new round of gas-fired power stations, and wants to partly supply them with fracked shale gas. Despite the fact that we need to keep global gas reserves in the ground if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change, corporate lobbyists are now pushing hard to scrap the EU legislation designed to reduce emissions across Europe. More fossil fuels will enrich the Big Six energy companies whilst bringing more fuel poverty and climate chaos. Keep checking the Reclaim the Power website for more information on location details, start times and a full programme of trainings, workshops and entertainment. It’s time to act: for system change not climate change! Join us as we: ~ Say NO to fossil fuels & dirty energy ~ Take action against capitalism and the stranglehold that corporate power has on global climate deals ~ Support sustainable, democratic energy solutions. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- WANT TO HELP BUILD THE CAMP? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Reclaim the Power is a non-hierarchical grassroots network of regional groups around the country. Regional groups are taking on different aspects of building the camp. To find out where your nearest group is and when they are meeting contact info[at]nodashforgas.org.uk. Our next national meeting is on Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th May at Grow Heathrow in London (https://www.facebook.com/events/1650649265154973/) ********************************************************** Save the date: Friday 29th May – Tuesday 2nd June 2015 Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/754780027953942/ Email: info[at]nodashforgas.org.uk Website: http://www.reclaimthepower.org.uk/ *********************************************************** ----------------------------------------------------------------------- MORE INFO ON DICOT: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- There are two power stations at Didcot which, since 2002, has been owned by RWE NPower. Didcot A is a half-demolished coal & oil fired power station dating back to the 1960s. It was shut down in 2013 and demolished in 2014 following an EU directive in 2001 to limit emissions. In the same year it was shut down, the UK lowered its emissions by 2.6%, due to the decline in our use of coal and gas. Didcot B is the newer gas-fired power station, constructed in the 90's. It survived a serious fire last October 2014 but the lights didn’t go out because renewable energy was able to take up the slack. The combined power stations feature a chimney which is one of the tallest structures in the UK, and the three remaining hyperbolic cooling towers (the other three were demolished in 2014) which can be seen from much of the surrounding landscape. Sustained campaigning and direct action at Didcot in 2006 and 2009 resulted in enormous victories for the climate movement. [*] Globally, 50% of gas reserves must remain unused for the next 35 years to meet the target for restricting global warming to 2°C and avoid catastrophic climate change.

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