Under a (literally) stormy sky Greenpeace activists staged a "die in" today at the annual general meeting of Asia’s largest privately owned power utility - China Light and Power (CLP). Local activists where joined at the Hong Kong protest by representatives from communities in the Philippines, Tuvalu and Australia that suffer from coal industry pollution and climate change.
CLP derives most of its electricity from coal, and CLP’s CO2 emissions in 2006 were the highest in 14 years.
The twenty activists blockaded entrances at the meeting venue, enacting scenes of the climate devastation already being caused by CLP’s record levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Activists lay in front of 9 huge tombstones to symbolise the human cost of CLP’s activities across the Asia-Pacific. Two activists were able to get into the meeting as shareholders, and took their message directly to CLP's chairman.
From the Greenpeace China press release:
“I have seen how coal has caused the disintegration and disempowerment of communities and am here to call for a just transition from coal-dependency to sustainability” said Geoff Evans from a coal mining community in Australia. Mr Evans was joined by other regional representatives including Prof. Aurora Lim, anti-coal and renewable energy advocate from Iloilo, Philippines and; Mr. Taukiei Kitara from the sea-level rise threatened island of Tuvalu.
“We decided to join Greenpeace in a series of climate change related events to share our experiences and communicate the social and environmental effects of coal and consequent climate change impacts on vulnerable communities like ours”, added Lim.