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Climate activists give warming warning

Protestors target British Gas over fuel poverty

On 29 January, as part of an Occupy-style protest, six Fuel Poverty Action activists barricaded themselves into meeting rooms on two floors of the British Gas offices in Staines, Middlesex.

The protests were part of Fuel Poverty Action’s ‘Winter Warmup’ weekend, drawing attention to a situation where a large portion of the population must choose to either ‘heat or eat’.

Protesters also held demonstrations in Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Swindon, targeting the ‘Big Six’ major energy companies: British Gas, EDF, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power Business, and Scottish and Southern.

The last few winters have seen a rise in deaths as a result of cold temperatures. Last winter, there were 25,700 excess deaths between December and March compared with non-winter months.

Protesters, who claim that most of these deaths were the result of fuel poverty, drew attention to the ‘Big Six’s’ 700% increase in profit per person over the past five years.

Fuel Poverty Action is a project of the Climate Justice Collective (CJC), which held a mass action planning day on 18 February. FPA on Facebook and on their blog: www.tinyurl.com/peacenews705 and www.fuelpovertyaction.wordpress.com

Topics: Climate Change