Greenpeace activists end 26 hour occupation of Fisk Power plant

by Kelly Mitchell

May 25, 2011

painting the coal smokestack

Yesterday, eight Greenpeace activists climbed the 450 foot smokestack at the Fisk power plant in Chicago.

From the stack, they demanded the owners shut down the dirty, dangerous Fisk and Crawford coal plants, and throughout the day painted the message “Quit Coal” on the stack.

As we end our occupation of this dirty and deadly plant, I want to thank groups like PERRO and LVEJO for standing up to Edison International over the years.

It is the hard work and incredible fortitude and persistence of grassroots activists across the country that inspired me to take a stand against the company. Together, we will ensure that Edison is no longer able poison communities for profit.

Residents of Pilsen held a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity with the activists on top of the Fisk coal plant. Meanwhile Chicagoans inundated Mayor Emmanuel’s office with phone calls to shut down the Fisk and Crawford plants and tens of thousands of people all across the country sent emails to Edison International with the same message: shut down these dirty old coal plants!

After these two days, we have ramped up the awareness of the serious risk that Fisk and Crawford pose to Chicago. We’re coming down, but we’re not done fighting to shut down these plants. Chicago’s children deserve to grow up without facing the specter of asthma, heart disease, and other perils of coal.  We deserve clean energy.  Our lives depend on it.

You can help support these communities by sending a message to Edison International CEO Ted Craver today. Let’s quit coal. 

Kelly Mitchell

By Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell is the Climate and Energy Campaign Director for Greenpeace, based in Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked with activists and organizations across the country to confront corporate polluters and transform U.S. energy policy. She currently leads Greenpeace's campaign for an economy powered by 100 percent renewable energy, pushing some of the largest companies in the world to embrace wind and solar and working alongside communities to develop a just and democratic energy system.

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