This is a call out for continued support each day outside the Crown Court in Leeds. Come down to the Crown Court from
9:30 to 10:30am
with enthusiasm and support. Banners will be provided!
Public support of climate activism is an essential part of keeping climate change on the agenda.
As the case will depend on the jury’s opinion please dress accordingly. If you actually want to go into the court room try and come smartly dressed!
Media Coverage from outside the court so far:
Drax power station is the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in the British Isles. There is overwhelming evidence that carbon dioxide emissions are the cause of climate change which is already causing environmental devastation across the globe . Unless carbon dioxide emissions are massively and urgently reduced, climate chaos is likely to lead to an irreversible collapse of the Earth’s ecosystem.
Today emergency health warnings were being broadcast about the latest potentially fatal heatwave to hit the UK .
The UK government and power industry have dragged their feet throughout efforts to bring emissions down to safe levels, or even to reduce their rate of growth. Despite decades of reassurances from government and industry, the UK is producing more emissions now than ever. In the face of this global emergency, it’s a source of great hope (perhaps our only hope) that a small but growing number of people are willing to take matters into their own hands at great personal risk.
The "Drax 29" are twenty-nine ordinary people who took direct action against the fossil fuel madness last summer. As was widely-reported at the time    , they stopped a train-load of coal on its way to the power station.
The defendants are unable to discuss the bizarre strictures imposed on their defense until after the trial. They arrived by bicycle at Leeds Crown Court today. A large crowd gathered outside to show their support, with banners saying, "Burning coal is killing us," "Stopping climate change is not a crime," and "Drax power station kills 180 people per year."
One of the people who came to show their support said, "Direct action is the only option left, everything else has been tried and failed. What people need to understand is that this is an emergency."
The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.
 United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
 NHS: Heatwave amber alert
 Leave it in the Ground: Drax Coal Train Halted
 Pictures from Drax train action
 Guardian: Climate change protesters hijack coal train
 BBC: Climate protest halts coal train