Taking Action ... Climate change activists vs RWE npower

Protesters: Climate change activists Target: RWE npower Location: Didcot power stationDate: 26-28 October

Didcot power station: protest
Didcot power station: protest

The Lowdown

Nine climate change activists set up camp on top of the chimney of Didcot power station in Oxfordshire. One of the protesters told the media via mobile phone that the group had enough supplies to last them for a week. They stayed on the chimney for two nights before climbing down and being arrested. Police arrested 11 other activists on the first day of the protest.

Why the protest?

The activists were protesting about the use of 'dirty' coal to generate energy. They targeted Didcot because RWE npower is planning to build up to 30 new coal-fired power stations across Europe.

How did RWE npower respond?

The company said power generation had not been affected and that the power plant was going through a security upgrade when the protesters entered the station. It said they were encouraging the activists to end the protest because it was not safe.

How did the media cover it?

The protest sparked reams of coverage across local and national press, and was also picked up by broadcasters. Most wrote about the protest when it was happening and then followed up with pieces when the group climbed down and were arrested. The protesters and RWE npower were quoted in most of the articles.

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