Seven climate activists have been arrested during a series of protests across the UK on Monday, which have seen a coal conference blockaded and the occupation of shale gas explorer’s PR company.
Media Zoo, a PR company in Fulham representing the chemicals company Ineos, which has acquired 729 squre miles of fracking licenses, said that seven demonstrators had forced their way into its offices at 9AM. A spokesman said one member of staff had been assaulted and police had been called. All seven protesters have been arrested.
Twelve supporters from the Reclaim the Power group bared their bottoms on the steps of the Department of Energy and Climate Change in Whitehall, in protest at new climate secretary Amber Rudd supporting gas power and capping on onshore wind power subsidies. The group’s message read “wind not gas”.
Protesters also disrupted a carbon capture and storage conference organised by the World Coal Association at the Institute of Directors (IOD) in London. The activists blocked all the entrances, gluing themselves to the building and each other.
One protester, who did not want to be named told the Guardian: “We don’t think carbon capture and storage is a viable technology for the foreseeable future. There’s nothing to suggest is going to work. It’s a false solution that’s just going to be used by to coal industry to legitimise new coal power.”
He added: “The Tory government are in bed with the big polluters, and leading up to COP [Paris climate talks] in December our government meeting up with the coal industry shows their total lack of commitment.”