Edmonton Incinerator demo shuts down North Circular Road

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In unprecedented scenes, a demonstration against the expansion of the Edmonton incinerator sensationally shut down the North Circular Road in North London, marching al the way to the incinerator itself – despite repeated attempts by the police to stop it – and cheered on by everyone it passed.

The action showed the power of groups uniting and working together, as Black Lives Matter, Extinction Rebellion, local residents and local trade unionists carried out one of the best organised pieces of direct action all year.

The incinerator has been polluting the area for over 50 years, pumping half a million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere and causing major health problems for a community that is 60% black, brown or other racial or ethnic group.

Now the North London Waste Authority wants to rebuild it even bigger, using £1.2 billion of council tax. The pressure is working … there is only one remaining bidder (Spanish company Acciona), and they are now thinking of pulling out.

An inspiring day – and an object lesson on how to fight for climate justice and against environmental racism.