Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... Camp for Climate Action vs E.ON

Target: E.ON
Protesters: Camp for Climate Action
Location: Nationwide
Date: 28 November-1 December

The lowdown

Camp for Climate Action organised several protests against E.ON's plans for a coal-fired power station in Kent. Members targeted the energy firm's offices in London and Coventry. On Monday, protesters dressed as Santa Claus emptied sacks of coal at the entrance to the Coventry building.

Why the protest?

This is part of an ongoing attempt to stop the Government from allowing a new wave of coal-fired power stations to be built in the UK. E.ON has plans to replace its soon-to-be closed Kingsnorth site with a new coal-fired power station.

How did E.ON respond?

E.ON spokeswoman Emily Highmore was quoted on the BBC saying the company was respectful of the campaigners' right to protest but that the company wanted to make sure they protested 'peacefully and lawfully'. E.ON said it would carry on 'business as usual' to the best of its ability.

How did the media cover it?

The BBC used the headline 'Coal plant protesters target E.ON' and said eight protesters were arrested at the Coventry site on Monday. The Independent's top line came from a survey from the World Development Movement that claimed '30,000 climate refugees could be created if plans to build a new coal-fired power station go ahead'. The protests also secured coverage in Crawley Observer, Bexhill Observer and Kent Online.

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