Guest post by Al Williams, activist with the Campaign against Climate Change and Reclaim the Power
Reclaim the Power video of the action
On 30th April, on the 185th anniversary of the Merthyr Uprising, Reclaim the Power set up an Action Camp, 400m above sea level on Gelligaer Common in South Wales between the village of Fochriw and the town of Merthyr. As the camp was set up, travellers from across Wales, England and beyond helped clear up some of the fly-tipping that has blighted this stunning mountain location - something the camp organisers intend to return to and pursue further. The camp was organised on sustainable principles and powered by renewable energy and vegan food. After three days on the mountain, 300 climate activists shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine at Ffos-y-fran and the story resonating across the Principality, the UK and beyond.
Events in Wales kicked off the global Break Free 2016 campaign - a two week wave of escalated action to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground by challenging power with non-violent direct action.