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Conscience warriors

On 25 October, a new group called ‘Matt Ridley’s Conscience’ shut down a coalmine on land belonging to Matt Ridley, a prominent climate change sceptic and Conservative member of the House of Lords. Nine people were arrested.

A group of 12 lay down in front of the main entrance to England’s largest open-cast coal mine, on Ridley’s estate in Northumberland. Four others locked-on to a 500-tonne excavator. The protest went on for eight hours.

At least 8 percent of the coal mined across the UK comes from the site.