In the heart of "Megawatt Valley" in the UK, the Climate Change Action Camp is threatening to close down Drax power station this August. Their reason? Drax is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the UK throwing 20.8 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Their course of action? Er...Camping?
Whilst Drax is the biggest, it is also the most efficient coal fired station in Europe, which leads me to question the group's motives. If they're goal is to close power plants maybe they should start with some older, smaller, more inneficient plants that are nearing the end of their lifespan anyway.
The camp offers to raise awareness of global warming, climate change and the impact that big carbon emitters are having on our environment.
I appreciate the camp's sentiments - their case is very valid... but the question remains "How Are They Going To Shut Down Drax?" Expect a full report of whether they achieved their aims and how it was done early September - don't touch that dial!
The camp will be wholly powered by renewable energy, the logistics of renewably lighting and powering the enterprise may turn out to be the most powerful part of the camp. As such, there are opportunities for EcoGeeks to get involved, they will very likely need your expertise. So if you are tech-savvy and fancy a week in Yorkshire, get in touch with the camp organizers at :
written by Local, October 08, 2007
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