Activists urge Italy to quit coal

Posted by jossc - 20 October 2008 at 10:21am - Comments

Activists fron Arctic Sunrise take the "Quit Coal" message to Sardinia

As the Rainbow Warrior arrives here to embark on the UK leg of of her worldwide "Quit Coal" tour, activists from another of our ships, Arctic Sunrise, have been busy putting coal in the hot seat in Italy.

"Small variations in global temperatures have vast consequences. The last Ice Age was only six degrees colder than today. A global rise of just 0.8 degrees has melted the Arctic."
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Five of them scaled a 150 metre crane at a new coal-fired power plant in Civitavecchia, near Rome, to drop a banner highlighting the fact that Italian government policy effectively opposes the Kyoto Protocol. Meanwhile another five activists painted "No Carbon" and "Quit Coal" in giant letters on the power plant's dock from an inflatable boat.

The actions were timed to highlight the Italian government's attempts to expand the use of polluting coal-fired power, at a time when we should be looking towards a renewable energy future to save us from the most damaging effects of global climate change. Italy had been trying to block important climate change agreements being discussed by the EU, designed to finalise Europe's position on climate and energy ahead of international climate negotiations coming up in December. But the good news just in is that agreement has now been reached,with Italian opposition being overruled.

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throughout geological time the earth's climate has never been constant, there have been periods of cold and periods where the climate has been much warmer than today. The BIG diference now is that a species has evolved = homo sapiens = which has spread like a cancer across the globe, is decimating the enviroment as it satiates its ever expanding need for space and resources and as a result threatening the survival of countless other species, not because of our use of coal powered power stations, though this does not help, but mainly due to the exponential growth of the human population. When this is controlled and out numbers are reduced to far more manageable levels so we are able to live within out means, respecting the needs of other species there will be hope for the future of this planet.

throughout geological time the earth's climate has never been constant, there have been periods of cold and periods where the climate has been much warmer than today. The BIG diference now is that a species has evolved = homo sapiens = which has spread like a cancer across the globe, is decimating the enviroment as it satiates its ever expanding need for space and resources and as a result threatening the survival of countless other species, not because of our use of coal powered power stations, though this does not help, but mainly due to the exponential growth of the human population. When this is controlled and out numbers are reduced to far more manageable levels so we are able to live within out means, respecting the needs of other species there will be hope for the future of this planet.

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