Five activists managed to shut down a coal mine before being arrested and charged with “breach of the peace” for standing on a piece of equipment with a sign reading “No New Coal.”
“We’re here to send a message to [mining company] ATH Resources that mining the dirtiest fossil fuel and fuelling climate change is not acceptable,” said one activist. “As mining companies such as ATH don’t appear to be listening, we’ve come to stop them mining, too.”
The activists are worried that Scotland is heading in the wrong direction with 13 new coal mines set to open soon. The country has a goal to decrease CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, but with no end to coal-based energy in sight, it’s looking unlikely.