Thursday, 24 July 2008

COME TO KINGSNORTH!

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday 24th July 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

COME TO KINGSNORTH!

Everyone in Kent is being urged by Kent Green Party to demonstrate at Kingsnorth, site of the proposed new coal fired station on Sunday 3rd August. The details for the NO NEW COAL march from Rochester to Kingsnorth power station include assembly at Rochester Station Car Park 12pm, with a Rally starting at 12.30pm. The march will set off at 1pm. There will be an opportunity to listen to speakers from local groups, as well as national NGOs, talk about why a new coal fired power is completely unnecessary. The demonstration launches a Climate Camp week at Kingsnorth, with a full programme of workshops from 4th August for a week(1). Simon Marchant, of Kent Green Party’s Medway Branch and the coalition Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway says:

"The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons has told the government it is not doing enough about carbon dioxide emissions and that coal should be a last resort and then only when carbon capture and storage is perfected. Even the coal industry believes this take up to 20 years. That is far too long. The Government should be doing what the Greens have been recommending all along: reducing energy demand, by insulating every home possible and enforcing tighter rules on electronic devices so that they automatically switch off when not in use. As well as that they should provide investment for renewable energy, especially by speeding up access to the Grid and encouraging microgeneration(2).

In Medway, which has the 3rd worst air quality and 2nd highest rate of asthma in Britain, after only 2 weeks of collecting the local coalition KCAM has gathered over 1000 signatures opposing the new coal station at Kingsnorth. (3)"
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Simon Marchant on 01634 313482. Contact address for this release as above. Additional contact Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. The mobile number may be used for comments on the day on the demonstration.

Notes:
The full programme of workshops at the Climate Camp at Kingsnorth – with events every day from Monday 4th August, can be found at: http://climatecamp.org.uk/themes/ccamptheme/files/Workshops8-7.xls
Microgeneration includes solar water heating, solar panels, ground source heat pumps, Combined Heat and Power units, sustainable biomass energy systems and small scale wind turbines.
9000 people objected to the building of a new Coal Fired Power Station at Kingsnorth, when consulted by Medway Council.

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