End Coal Now!
Sheffield Climate Alliance campaigners were among the 300 people who shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine on Tues 3rd May at Ffos-y-Fran in Merthyr Tydfil. The successful action was supported by local people including United Valleys Action Group, who have been resisting opencast mining for 10 years, and face an appeal by Miller Argent following refusal of permission for a new mine at Nant Llesg by Caerphilly Council last year.
Two days before the action, local and national campaigners met in the local community hall to share information and ideas. This was a great event where different perspectives were explored, and the strength of the campaign was celebrated with a lot of tea and cake! We also participated in meetings at the action camp exploring links between climate jobs, steel, trade unions, and Zero Carbon Britain.
We heard from the Ditch Coal campaign, who will be bringing their roadshow to Sheffield on Thurs 26 May with a Russian activist opposing coal extraction that has displaced indigenous communities there, to provide coal for UK power stations.
End Coal Now was part of this month’s Break Free co-ordinated actions round the globe, as part of which, on Friday 13 May in Germany a massive occupation of an opencast coal mine will start ‘Ende Gelaende’. You can act as a Digital Witness for Break Free events – sign up here to amplify the messages and provide solidarity!