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Last week I went to North-West Germany to visit a new forest occupation currently taking place in the Hambach forest – the purpose of it? To stand directly in the way of the expansion of Europe’s largest open-cast coal mine. Through the construction of tree-houses and defences, by engaging with the local community and by […]

Significant oversights have been identified in South Lanarkshire Council’s initial planning documents relating to local mineral industries. Coal Action Scotland has carried out a critical examination of the Health Impact Assessment Report commissioned by planners at South Lanarkshire Council, revealing inadequate solutions for significant issues relating to the health and well being of residents in […]

The Outdoor Skillshare 2011 brought over 100 people to rural South Lanarkshire to share skills, ideas and experiences with each other about all aspects of life and activism. For four days the Talamh housing co-operative became a hive of mini projects, massive marquees, geodomes and inclusive participatory skillsharing.  


Today a small group of anti-coal protesters rallied to a call out by South Mongolian human rights activists for global protest [1] and held a short vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh. This comes at the end of a month of protests in Mongolia against the Chinese coal industries destruction of Mongolian herders land […]


Demonstrate against the killing of Mr Mergen by Chinese coal companies, and against the crack down by the Chinese State on Mongolian protesters. Monday the 30th, 12pm, the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh (see here for a map). With the Wests ever growing demand for cheap plastic tat, and the Chinese state’s march towards industrialised capitalism, […]

After eight months of occupation and struggle, Coal Action Scotland has decided to bring an end to the Happendon Wood Action Camp. The camp was taken in September last year to resist Scottish Coal’s plans to open-cast the woodland, and to act as a base in South Lanarkshire to take direct action and work with […]

This morning the following statement was posted on Indymedia UK. On the evening of Sunday the 10th of April the Edinburgh offices of Weber Shandwick had their locks glued shut preventing the start of work on Monday morning. Weber Shandwick are a public relations company who help clean-up the image of many irresponsible corporations, one […]


Last Friday night CAS organised a fund-raising vegan banquet in Edinburgh. All 130 tickets were sold out before we opened the doors (sorry if you were one of the people who turned up and were sent away!). Diners were treated with French Onion Soup for starters, then Mushroom Stroganoff Pie, Tattie and Leek Mash and […]


Two acts of sabotage in the same weekend! This communiqué was posted to Indymedia UK today. On Equinox night last Sunday two huge graders at Broken Cross Open Cast Coal Site in South Lanarkshire were trashed. One of them was as big as a three story building and used to load coal on to lorries, […]

The following was posted on Indymedia UK today. Extensive damage done to four dumper trucks, two large excavators, two heavy duty bulldozers, a generator and a pump. On Equinox night we entered the gravel and coal opencast extraction site at Castlebridge near Rosewell, Mid Lothian. The absence of security and the conveniently unlocked cabs made […]


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