Earth first! occupy Cumbrian coalmine!

Allan Todd reports on the latest developments in the campaign against the coalmine in Cumbria


Anti-Capitalist Resistance sends greetings and solidarity to the activists of Earth First! who have stepped action against the proposed new coalmine in Cumbria by… occupying the site! This is part of their Summer Gathering 2023 – and, amongst other things, there’ll be workshops on nonviolent direct actiom.

They’ll be there until Monday 4 September, so ACR urges its members and supporters – and all those concerned about the ever-worsening Climate & Ecological Crises – to pay them a visit over the coming weekend.

For those not local, there are 2 main ways of getting there:

Train: There’s a train station at Whitehaven. From there, you can bike; or there’s either a No. 2 bus that leaves from opposite Wilko, which drops off near the site; or you can catch a taxi from Morrisons (£6).

Car: Please car-share wherever possible. The easiest way – whether you’re travelling from the south or the north, is to get onto the A595, signed Whitehaven. Stay on that road until you see a road off [R., if travelling from the north; or L;, if travelling from the south], signed: ‘St. Bees/Sandwith’ – this is Mirehouse Raod. Travel along this until you meet the B5345: turn L. onto St. Bees Road; then, almost immediately, take the first R. onto Wilson Pit Road. The coalmine site is on the L., just after West Coast Composting (Wilson Pit Yard).

SatNav: CA28 9QJ

With the ‘record-breaking’/ wildfires in Greece having just been declared as the largest EVER in Europe – and similarly ‘unprecedented’ floods AND droughts across large parts of China, it clearly is: ‘No Time for a Coal Mine’!

Allan Todd is a climate and anti-fascist activist, and has been active with Greenpeace and XR. He participated in the anti-fracking protests at Preston New Road in Lancashire, where he organised the ‘Green Mondays’ from 2017 to 2019. Allan is a member of Anti- Capitalist Resistance and of Left Unity’s National Council. He is the author of Revolutions 1789-1917 (CUP) and Trotsky: The Passionate Revolutionary (Pen & Sword). His next book is Che Guevara: The Romantic Revolutionary.

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