BackSoapbox Voices: Pont Valley - coal mining, newts, and climate change
Soapbox Voices: Pont Valley - coal mining, newts, and climate change
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Soapbox Voices: Pont Valley - coal mining, newts, and climate change

"We now know there is more coal sitting on the surface than can ever be burnt by 2025 {the date the UK has agreed to phase out coal] ...it's almost a last ditch effort to squeeze every last ounce of profit out before coal disappears..." Protest, climate change, fossil fuels vs renewables, development vs biodiversity loss, resources vs a fragile natural world, opencast coal mining, a County Wildlife Site, and the Great Crested Newt. – all, remarkably, encapsulated in the story of the campaign to Protect the Pont Valley in County Durham. There is no doubt that what is happening in the Pont Valley is hugely important – not just at the local level but in the way it fits into larger, big picture conversations and actions that are taking place all over the planet at the moment… Charlie Moores talks with local campaigner Don Kent (Campaign to Protect the Pont Valley) and Tom Langton, a highly-experienced ecologist who - literally - wrote the book on conserving the Great Crested Newt.