Taking Action ... Climate Change activists vs E.ON, RBS and the Government

Target: Government, E.ON, RBS Protesters: Climate Camp attendees Location: Various Date: 3-11 August

 

- What has happened?

What hasn't happened? One group staged a naked protest outside the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform offices - the group responsible for sanctioning the coal-fired Kingsnorth power plant. The protesters then glued themselves to the front door. Another bunch blockaded a biofuel depot in Essex. Banners were unfurled at Gatwick airport. A 'die-in' was staged at the RBS headquarters with protesters lying in a pool of oil outside the building. A further 1,500 people converged on the climate camp, just outside the Kingsnorth power station. And the E.ON-sponsored Lego model of Kingsnorth at Legoland Park in Windsor was, as The Guardian put it, 'occupied by tiny Lego eco-activists'.

- What was the aim of the protest?

The Climate Camp wants to prevent a new generation of coal-fired power stations being built in the UK.

- How have the media covered it?

The media have been unusually sympathetic to the protesters. The security angle has been key, as with most coverage on protests. But this time around it has been the police's behaviour that has been called into question. Articles have also discussed the spying on activists. The New Statesman said: 'It's the corporate spies hired by private companies you need to watch out for.' Meanwhile, the Legoland protest appealed to the media's appetite for quirky stories.

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