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Defending the Douglas Valley

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South Lanarkshire COALcil

Mainshill Zine

Coal in Scotland

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Our aims
In the face of dangerous climate change caused by human activity, the Coal Action Scotland collective exists to challenge the advancement of coal as an energy source.

We aim to inform people about the dangers posed by new coal, promote alternatives, work with those involved, and directly challenge new coal exploitation from source to point of use.

Who we are

Coal Action Scotland is a grassroots (1) collective that organises non-hierarchically (2) against the advancement of coal as an energy source. We believe that because the use of fossil fuels is inherently destructive, they have no place in our vision of a better world. We stand against social oppression and environmental destruction in all its forms, and as a result also call for an end to capitalism, patriarchy and racism.

What we do

We aim to inform people about the dangers posed by new coal, promote alternatives, work with those involved, and directly challenge new coal exploitation from source to point of use. Some of the things we do include:

Direct community solidarity – Organising community events to bring people adversely effected by coal together.

Fund raising – Events such as music gigs and vegan banquets to raise money for our campaigns.

Direct Action – Against coal infrastructure, examples include site occupations such as the Mainshill Solidarity Camp and The Happendon Wood Action Camp.

Outreach & Awareness Raising – Through info-tours, making short films, publicity resources and maintaining a website with up to date information on what is going on, as well as providing a platform for alternative media on coal-related issues and campaigns in Scotland.

Research & Publications – Maintaining an updated archive on coal industry developments, creating resources such as coal health studies, targets brochures, zines and other materials.

Paper-jamming– Attempting to hold the undemocratic planning process to account by writing objections, and undertaking ecological and health research in response to coal-related planning applications.

Skillsharing –  Sharing skills for resistance and empowerment by holding events like “The Outdoor Skillshare.”

International Solidarity – Supporting other struggles around the world such as in Colombia, Indonesia and USA, by hosting people from other campaigns around the world and sharing stories and experiences.

Coal Action Scotland is part of the Coal Action Network:

The Coal Action Network supports autonomous groups and individuals with information and experience to take collective action against the exploitation of coal. The network aims to organise non-hierarchically and believes that direct action is an appropriate and justified response to the urgency of the climate crisis and the human and environmental costs of coal, problems which governments and industry are unable to solve. The network therefore works with affected communities for a just transition towards a sustainable and coal-free future.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to get involved! contact[at]

(1) “Grassroots” – a grassroots movement is one driven by the politics of the community involved. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures
(2) “Non-hierarchically” – Organisational hierarchy exists when there is a single person or group with the most power and authority, and each subsequent level represents a lesser authority. Most organizations are structured in this manner, including governments, companies, militia and organised religions. To organise “non-hierarchically” is to organise without these formalised power structures.


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