Whitehaven Coal mine protest in Kendal

Good to see so many groups represented at the protest in Kendal on 20th August to the proposed coal mine in Cumbria.

XRSL, Ambleside for the Future and South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC) joint Press Release

Campaigners opposing West Cumbria Mining’s plans to extract nearly 3 million tonnes of coal a year (until 2074) from their proposed mine near Whitehaven, Cumbria held a demonstration at New Road Common, Kendal today (Thursday 20 August). After hearing speakers from Ambleside for the Future, XR Penrith, and also from groups opposing coal mines in the North East, over a hundred protesters, wearing masks and socially distanced, walked with their banners up through the town centre to County Offices at Busher Walk, Kendal. Campaigners dressed as canaries staged a “die in” on the steps of County Hall, and Maggie Mason, of South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC) appealed to the County Council to tell the truth to the Councillors who will eventually make the decision on the mine, and explain why it needed to be refused.

The demonstration was originally planned to coincide with a key meeting of councillors to decide whether to approve the mine, but the County Council postponed the meeting saying “The report is not yet at a point where it can be finalised.”.1

The groups opposing the coal mine continued with the protest, to make it very clear that the Council must acknowledge the credible “new evidence” that objectors had submitted2, compared to the gaping flaws in the environmental

1 Email from Cumbria County Council 12 August 2020:”2 Email from Cumbria County Council 24 June 2020