Climate love

Sarah Chabane

2 d

Coal Action Network

Climate love

UK's largest opencast coal mine to shut

One recent climate victory in the UK as the largest opencast coalmine, Ffos-y-Fran, located near Merthyr Tydfil, in Wales will finally close its doors after 16 years of excavation. This outcome comes after an extension request to continue operations until 2024 was rejected due to inconsistencies with Welsh government policies on climate change.
The Ffos-y-Fran land reclamation scheme, granted planning permission in 2005, aimed to not only extract 11 million tonnes of coal but also restore the land, which had been scarred by the remnants of past industries. Local residents have been fighting this project for years and have opposed the mine due to concerns about pollution and noise, as well as its proximity to homes and businesses.
article view


The rejection of the extension request has been met with joy from campaigners who have tirelessly fought against the mine as it sends a strong message that Wales is committed to moving away from coal and embracing cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.
The closure of Ffos-y-Fran also sets an important precedent for future coal mining in Wales. Haf Elgar, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, emphasised the relief felt by environmental advocates, remarking that this outcome signals that no more coal should come from Wales. It underscores the urgency of tackling climate change and transitioning to renewable energy alternatives. While concerns about the cost of restoring the land remain, estimated at £75m-£125m, and the future of the site is uncertain, the closure of Ffos-y-Fran represents a significant milestone and also highlights the power of community activism in driving positive change. #WeCanDoIt.


Merthyr Tydfil: UK's largest opencast coalmine to shut

Plans to extend the working life of the UK's largest opencast coalmine are turned down.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-65399546




Do you agree?

48 more agrees trigger social media ads

  • Daniel Waweru

    2 d

    This is incredible

    7
    • Edwin wangombe

      2 d

      This calls for a celebration... It's time w UK to phaseout Fossil fuels once and for all

      2
      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        2 d

        Incredible decision

        3
        • Peter Kamau

          2 d

          This is quite a relief and a big win for environmental justice

          4
          • Munene Mugambi

            2 d

            Down with coal mines

            3
            • johnte ndeto

              2 d

              Nice one

              3
              • Tabitha Kimani

                2 d

                This decision is welcome and it goes a long way to show that we can do without coal and choose life instead of extinction.

                3
                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  2 d

                  @tabitha_kimani It's a great decision indeed

                  3
                • Annett Michuki..

                  2 d

                  incredible

                  13
                  • Kevin

                    2 d

                    This is quite remarkable

                    13
                    • Jane Wangui

                      2 d

                      @Kevin truly

                      3
                    Welcome, let's solve the climate crisis together
                    Post youtube preview with preloading
                    youtube overlay

                    Write or agree to climate reviews to make businesses and world leaders act. It’s easy and it works.

                    Write a climate review

                    Voice your opinion on how businesses and organizations impact the climate.

                    Open for Climate Dialogue™

                    Certified accounts actively looking for your opinion on their climate impact.

                    125.5k trees planted

                    One tree is planted for every climate review written to an organization that is Open for Climate Dialogue™.

                    Download the app

                    We plant a tree for every new user.

                    AppleAndroid