Why work on stopping coal power?
Catastrophic climate change is the biggest threat facing us. Burning coal is the biggest historical cause of climate change. Yet every day more coal is burned, and the coal industry and the government seem intent on burning even more.
Around 40 new opencast coalmines are at the planning stage in the UK alone, and 19 power stations currently burn coal, most of which is imported.
There are many ways of taking action – from picketing coal companies, stopping work on opencast sites, disrupting coal power stations and bulk transport, to the day to day local work to stop new coal developments from happening in our communities.
The Coal Action Network
The Coal Action Network supports autonomous groups and individuals with information and experience to take collective action against the exploitation of coal. We aim to organise non-hierarchically and believe that direct action is an appropriate and justified response to the urgency of the climate crisis and the human and environmental costs of coal, problems which governments and industry are unable to solve. We therefore work with affected communities for a just transition towards a sustainable and coal-free future.
We want this website to be a useful resource to anyone taking action – or thinking of taking action – to protect communities, environments and the climate system from coal projects. Through this website, we aim to help link community struggles and arm ourselves with the information we need to resist new open cast coal mines and coal-fired power stations.