Dispatches from the coalface: ‘Protecting the land, my home’
Here’s the latest short documentary that I’ve been working on, published by the Ecologist. This film was made with Tommy Chavannes, Nat Wilkins and John Chavannes. A 4 min piece about the Pont Valley Protection camp, in protest of what is currently the only proposed open cast coal mining site in the UK, in County Durham.
‘Opencast mining was first proposed for this site in 1978. Every single planning application was refused at local level. During three intense public enquiries, triggered by appeal after appeal from mining companies, it has fallen to local people to stand up and protect this land; to convince planning inspectors that the value of this place, its habitats and wildlife outweigh the need for coal.’