Taking Action ... Campaign Against Climate Change vs DECC/Vestas Windsystems

Protesters: Campaign Against Climate Change Target: DECC/Vestas Windsystems Location: Isle of Wight/London Date: 20 July onward

Campaign Against Climate Change protest
Campaign Against Climate Change protest

 

The lowdown

Around 200 people gathered outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to protest over the Government's failure to save the Vestas wind turbine factory. Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes and the Green Party's Darren Johnson spoke. Campaigners also joined other environmental protesters outside the factory on the Isle of Wight.

Why the protest?

Last week, Danish firm Vestas announced it planned to close the plant and make its 625 workers redundant by the end of July, despite rising profits. Twenty-five workers staged a sit-in protest. Campaigners wanted to show support and put pressure on the Government to step in and save the plant on environmental grounds.

How did Vestas respond?

Vestas said the factory was being closed because of reduced demand for wind turbines in northern Europe. It said it was too difficult to get wind farms built in Britain because of local opposition and a slow planning-approval system.

How did the media cover it?

The Independent splashed on the Isle of Wight protest, noting the Government faced a 'credibility gap over green jobs'. The bbc.co.uk gave daily updates on the protest. The Guardian ran news articles and a pro-Vestas letter from Ed Miliband.

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