Climate and Capitalism
September 10, 2008
UK Greenpeace activists acquitted: jury agrees that anti-coal actions were justified
by Matt Leonard
from It’s Getting Hot In Here
Today is a historic day for the climate change movement. A UK Crown Court jury effectively ruled that taking direct action, breaking the law, and even property damage are all justified in the course of stopping catastrophic climate change.
The trial was regarding 6 Greenpeace activists – who were arrested in the course of painting an anti-coal message on the smokestack of the Kingsnorth Power plant in the UK. They were charged with causing £30,000 (US$53,000) of damage, and facing serious legal repercussions for their noble actions. This was one of a series of direct actions taken against the Kingsnorth Power Plant over the past year.