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Melanie Wedgbury Drax Power ltd. 01757 612912
National Media enq.: David Trenchard/Peter Hewer
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Local media enq. : Richard Harrison/Lisa McGauley
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press photographers turned back on 31st
We did try to attend but we were turned back by police on the main road 1 mile from the M62
We the clown medics division of the 1st gaggle of Gigglewatt Valley Regiment of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army are here at the Climate Camp in Yorkshire to help Drax (full name Drax Power Station) quit his chain smoking habit.
I think it's important to get across to others not here, that this camp is a great example of people working together to create a vibrant living environment. It's probably been noted elsewhere in reports on Indymedia or other websites, but I've been really impressed with the whole set-up here - from disabled compost loos, to fab food served up three times a day without fail at each of the five camp neighbourhood kitchens, to impromptu singing sessions at night, to kids play and workshop areas, to an Indymedia field media centre complete with satellite link-up. And not to mention the impressive array of workshops about different aspects of climate change going on every day.
Sell Sell Sell
Three years ago, Drax coal-fired power station group, was virtually bankrupt. This year however, Drax shares have been the best performing blue chip stock, with an 'electrifying' 85.6 per % share price increase. Drax has been benefiting from the massive shift back to coal for electricity generation last winter, thanks to supply difficulties with Natural Gas. With North Sea production of gas in terminal decline, the UK has had to turn to greater and great imports of increasingly expensive Gas from Russia and elsewhere. This has sparked a rapid revival of fortunes for coal fired power generation and a staggering 17% increase over the previous year.
Under the shadow of Drax power station, the Camp for Climate Action has been bursting into life this week. This totally unprecedented project has involved hundreds of people from across the UK coming together to take action against the causes of climate change.
Workshop tells us Climate Change can happen with feminism.
I attended the feminism and climate camp workshop today to see if the feminist movement could help me look at a way forward from Climate Change. I was not disappointed. Elizabeth Carolla faciliatated the workshop encouraging thoughts on how climate change and feminism can be seen as a shared movement. Today we live in a patriarchal, capitalist world which violently opresses feminism as a dated and rejected concept. The women and men present were encouraged and empowered to envision an alternative to this situation by embracing feminism. Despite media representations of feminity that encourage feminism to be rejected, dismissed, or stereotyped, we were encouraged to reject this false image. Feminism is an opportunity for non-male, non-white, or non-anythings to recognise themselves; a communicating, respectful, and accepting attitude. During the discussion we looked at the best positive or negative outcome in the next ten years for women, and the segregated alike. Are men and women to become cloned copies of the ideologised feminity and masculinity? Are we to increasingly become a segregated community that rarely talks or listens, plugged into our Ipods? I think I'll be unplugging for a while, and next time my fifteen year old sister tells me she can't walk out the door with make-up I will be telling her otherwise.
this morning some people left the camp to explore how to get to drax. 5 minutes after having left they have been searched under section 60 (parking lot of nature reserve thingy - barlow common). section 60 currently exceeds a huge area around: southern selby, fairburn, nottingly, eggborough, little smelton, balne, carlton, newland, drax and long drax, hemingborough.
Interview with mandy minkle. Introduction to the deeply worrying concept of Peak Oil (that we have used up half the oil on the planet, and that the second half of it is harder to get at) and our societies' addiction to oil.
Audio Interview of the Workshop leader - Run by an internationally recognised authority on the subject, the workshop covers current military plans to build new immobilising and paralysing technologies for border control and for targeting large crowds. The talk explores the generation of this technology as well as the challenge of developing non-violent countermeasures.....
Tuesday August 29
Today the appeal against the eviction order was lost in the High Court, despite the magnificent efforts of the Advisory Service for Squatters, defendant James Mutley, local volunteers and barrister Hugo Charlton, who stepped in at very short notice to represent the camp. The legal sitation is now that the camp could be evicted at any time, though it is not known how soon an eviction may actually be attempted.