Red Lines for the Climate: Why I Blockaded Lord Ridley’s Coal Mine

Pekka Piirainen Coal, that seemingly innocuous black rock, has been at the heart of human industrial society for the better part of two centuries. From powering the first production lines to fuelling our steamships, that dirty stone has revolutionised our society and defined the great might of humankind to alter its surroundings. Yet our quest … More Red Lines for the Climate: Why I Blockaded Lord Ridley’s Coal Mine

Tuesday update from Matt Ridley’s Conscience

We managed to shut down the coal mine on Lord Ridley’s land for over 8 hours, by both blocking road access for coal lorries and occupying an excavator inside the mine to hang a giant ‘END COAL’ banner. 9 activists were arrested on Monday afternoon and were released from police custody on Tuesday afternoon. We were joined … More Tuesday update from Matt Ridley’s Conscience

Coal: Obsolete, Finished, A Very Bad Thing

  Ellen Gibson, on behalf of Matt Ridley’s Conscience In March 2015, Matt Ridley published a blog entitled ‘Fossil fuels are not obsolete, not finished, not a bad thing.’ It’s a pretty long blog so we thought we’d summarise it for you:       The fossil fuel industry is flourishing and will never die       Renewables are evil … More Coal: Obsolete, Finished, A Very Bad Thing

Media coverage round-up

The protest has attracted the attention of several major news outlets: The Guardian, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, DeSmog (and commentary here), BBC News, The Times, Northumberland Gazette, The Independent, BuzzFeed, ITV News (plus update here), New Statesman, Vice, Northern Echo, Energy Voice, Berwick Advertiser, Morpeth Herald, News Post Leader, TckTckTck, Oil Change International

Media Release: PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN LORD RIDLEY’S OPENCAST COAL MINE

PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN LORD RIDLEY’S OPENCAST COAL MINE For immediate release, 26/10/15 Media contact: 07778264805 / 07721704167mattridleysconscience@gmail.com @viscountridley **Photos and interviews with protestors on site available** Protesters have shut down an opencast coal mine on land belonging to prominent climate sceptic and Conservative peer Viscount Matt Ridley. The Shotton opencast coal mine, near Newcastle, was … More Media Release: PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN LORD RIDLEY’S OPENCAST COAL MINE