Climate debt news
Success is sweet
Funny old week. You stoically campaign on an issue of life and death for a year, and just when you wonder if anyone really takes the injustice of climate change seriously, three campaign successes come along in the space of a few days.
On Wednesday night I was in Medway at a local meeting against Kingsnorth power station. It was only towards the end of the evening we realised we should have spent the evening down the pub when word came through that E.On have put Kingsnorth on hold. After two years of fantastic campaigning, it was amazing to learn the news while standing alongside the inspiring local campaigners who live within sight of the coal megalith. Campaigners 1, carbon polluters 0.
Our WDM friends in Scotland obviously felt a bit grumpy by our cheeriness south of the border. Yes Kingsnorth was the one application for a new coal power station in the UK. But Danish company Dong have been working hard on an application for a typhoon-strengthening, drought-causing coal burner at Hunterston in Ayshire. Not anymore. Today Dong withdrew their investment, probably pulling the plug on the whole project.
With coal power stations falling quicker than a premiership striker, you might have missed the news story on Heathrow. BAA are reportedly not going to submit a planning application for a third runway before the general election. Campaigners 3, carbon polluters 0?
None of this happens by accident. It is the concerted effort of campaigners across the country and around the world. Together we've improved the odds of maintaining a safe and habitable planet. I've got renewed hope that we can improve them even more.
Who would have thought it, groups of committed people changing the world? Why don't you join us - it might be fun. It will be successful.