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Fossil Fool's Day

April 1 marks Fossil Fool's Day with events taking place across the globe to raise awareness of the planet’s ongoing reliance on fossil fuels.

At day break this morning (April 1) campaigners in Wales closed down Europe's biggest opencast coal mine to expose a ‘black hole’ in climate change policy. Protesters halted work at the facility at Ffos-y-Fran and intend to remain on the site for several days.
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In London protestors from Rising Tide turned up in force this morning at the Football Association headquarters. The campaigners issued the FA with a Red Card for accepting sponsorship from E.ON - the German utility company that is proposing to build new coal-fired power plants in the UK.

At 7:30am a crowd of early rising activists from Eastside Climate Action blockaded the entrances to E.ON’s head quarters in Nottingham. Campaigners locked themselves to the front entrance to of the city centre office block and prevented E.ON employees from entering the building.

Around the same time this morning activists from environmental group Earth First! headed to the UK’s largest off shore gas terminal at Bacton in Norfolk. The main road outside the site was blocked preventing construction workers and shift workers from arriving. Forty per cent of the UK’s domestic gas comes ashore at Bacton.

At midday student group and Stop Climate Chaos coalition members, People & Planet, revealed a scale model of a coal power station, complete with 12ft cooling towers, in Parliament Square to protest against the Government's plans to build eight new coal power stations. Protestors, dressed in jester hats and Gordon Brown masks, symbolically ‘burned’ a mock Climate Change Bill.
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Also in the capital, a spoof product launch on London's South Bank mocked E.ON’s carbon capture and storage strategy. Click here for more information

Our friends at together.com did their bit too by making an ace short film (below) and launching their 'Energy Wasting Day' website. Click here for more information

Protests are also planned to take place in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

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published 12:35 - 1 April 2008