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Greenpeace goes to the G8 by Chuck Baclagon
July 8, 2009, 7:13 am
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: , , , ,

From Making Waves


We’re at the G8, and a lot of other places in Italy as well. Follow our occupation of four coal fired power plants here.

Here’s a blog from Julien, one of our climate campaigners who is posting updates live from the top of a coal smokestack!

I’m standing here, 200 metres above Italy’s most greenhouse-polluting coal power plant and I don’t know what I feel most overwhelmed by: the gargantuan scale of this greenho|use Goliath, or the bravery and ingenuity of the activists around me.

Not only are we preventing the feed of coal into the power plant here, but we are preparing to “write” “Stupid” on the massive chimney stack. Given that we are teetering on the verge of triggering catastrophic climate change, and coal is the single biggest source of greenhouse pollution, continuing to burn coal is a pretty stupid thing to do, especially when there are ready-made solutions such a renewable energy ready to replace coal.

We are here because the heads of the G8 are meeting here in Italy, and we are urging them to demonstrate real leadership on climate change by committing to strong targets to cutting greenhouse pollution.

The G8 have the responsibility, the ability, and influence to lead on climate change.

Right now the G8 nations have proposed such weak actions on cutting greenhouse emissions it would allow for many more coal-fired power stations to be built, and almost guarantee triggering catastrophic climate change. This is sending completely the wrong signal to the rest of the world.

We need the G8 to use their clout and influence. Politicians talk, but leaders act, and this G8 meeting must deliver action to prevent catastrophic climate change and rescue the global climate negotiations.

Half of our activists are on top of the chimney stack, where just above our heads, 40 tonnes per second of greenhouse pollution spews forth. The others are dangling underneath the conveyer belt that, due to our intervention, is no longer feeding the station with coal. Less coal going in means less greenhouse pollution going out. Yay!

This is one of four power plants that Greenpeace is taking direct action on, and my hat goes off to those people climbing ladders, occupying perches, dangling under conveyors or on the side of smokestacks, paintbrush in hand, getting our message out loud and clear.

Truly inspiring.

I’ll keep you updated as events unfold.

J.

Martin Lloyd
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